Colorado Law School Dean Finalists

A few of the names will be familiar to Turtle Talk readers.


University of Colorado Boulder Provost Russell L. Moore today announced four finalists for the position of dean of Colorado Law.

The finalists for the position are S. James Anaya, who is a Regents’ Professor and James J. Lenoir Professor of Human Rights Law and Policy at the University of Arizona; Mary Anne Bobinski, professor at the Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver; Laura E. Gómez, professor at the UCLA School of Law; and Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Charles and Marion J. Kierscht Professor of Law at the University of Iowa College of Law.

“The opportunity to lead one of the most distinctive and innovative law schools in the nation attracted an amazing pool of exceptional candidates, and we appreciate the tremendous interest from applicants,” said Lori Bergen, chair of the search committee and founding dean of the College of Media, Communication and Information. “The search committee is honored to present these four finalists whose experience, perspectives and vision make them outstanding candidates to lead Colorado Law as the next dean.”

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Events at Other Indian Law Programs Around the Nation

Ok, so it’s two things, but they’re excellent.

UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples S. James Anaya will be visiting Colorado Law on January 24 (events calendar here).

And Arkansas Law just started a Tribal Food and Agriculture Initiative (press release here).

Historical Boarding School Healing Symposium Press Release

Historical Boarding School Healing Symposium provides

framework for moving forward


Boulder, Colo. – May 19, 2011 – More than 30 representatives from the Boarding School Healing Project, Native American Rights Fund, American Indian Law Clinic at the University of Colorado Law School, and Human Rights Clinic at the University of Wyoming and other organizations came together on May 14-15, 2011 to create a framework for healing from the abuses suffered by American Indian children as a result of the U.S. boarding school policy.

“This is a historical event, one that gives optimism that something is really going to happen,” said Don Coyhis of White Bison, Inc.

The goal of the two-day conference was to discuss and craft a national strategy to achieve both national recognition of and an apology for the wrongs visited upon individuals and communities of Indian Country by the U.S. boarding school policy. The strategy would also seek reparations to provide the framework for healing the wounds from these historic and enduring wrongs.

“Intergenerational trauma was a huge theme of the conference,” said Jill Tompkins, director of the American Indian Law Clinic at Colorado Law. “American Indian children forced into the boarding school system later on unintentionally imposed onto their children and their children’s children the scars of growing up without knowledge of their language and their culture, without affection and without a loving family support network.  When they finally returned to their tribal communities, they did not know who they were or where they fit anymore. “

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