Res Ipsa Loquitur Issues 1 and 2 [History of U.Mich. Student Ad Hoc Committee on Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation, 1996]

In 1996, Michigan law students formed an Ad Hoc Committee on Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation after the office door of Lance Jones, an African-American faculty member, was defaced with a racist slur. Shortly after that, the Res Gestae, a law student publication, published an attack on Catharine MacKinnon. The Ad Hoc Committee’s formation was followed by the publication of Res Ipsa Loquitur, a newsletter on race, gender, and sexual orientation. We’re making two issues of that newsletter available here.


Res Ipsa Loquitur Issue 1

Res Ipsa Loquitur Issue 2

Here is a twitter thread that is aggregating the issues and responses to Dean West’s initial statement and the responses from students and others (June 4-June 6)(includes documents).

Justice Sotomayor on Diversity at Michigan Law School (and all law schools)

Here is “Justice Sotomayor says lack of black students at UM ‘a real problem.'” HT How Appealing.

An excerpt:

“We are making large improvement towards that kind of equality, but we’re still far from it when you look at the number of African Americans at the University of Michigan, there’s a real problem there,” Sotomayor said.


National NALSA Press Release on 2015 Alternative Spring Break Program

From here:

I am proud to announce the 2015 Alternative Spring Break (ASB) Program projects that have been selected to receive an award. The National Native American Law Student Association Executive Board has chosen a project from Columbia Law School and the University of Michigan Law School! Columbia Law School will be working with Anishinabe Legal Services on three reservations in northwestern Minnesota to assist indigent program clients with civil needs, including a strong emphasis on domestic violence. Michigan Law School will be travelling to the Navajo Nation to work with DNA Legal Services to gain legal and practical skills, while also learning about Navajo life in Window Rock, Arizona. NNALSA has budgeted $1,000 for this year’s program, and each school will receive an award of $500! NNALSA would also like to recognize all program applicants for the high quality projects that were submitted. Congratulations to this year’s award winners!

In other news, Alex Kitson has made the difficult decision to resign from her duties as the Public Relations Director of NNALSA. On behalf of the Board of NNALSA, I would like to thank Alex for her time and commitment at helping NNALSA achieve its goals by helping to spread the word through numerous media outlets. Alex, you will be missed and good luck in all of your future endeavors.

The Executive Board took a vote and appointed P. Nelson Lambert to the PR Director position.  Nelson entered NNALSA as the Area 5 representative. Because the Board appointed him to PR Director Area 5 is now vacant and we are looking to fill the position. If any member is interested in representing Area 5 please send an interest statement to

Be sure to keep a look out for future announcements because NNALSA has some wonderful events and opportunities coming up! Events such as the National Moot Court Competition at the University of Arizona, and “Fed-Bar” where the new future board members of NNALSA will be elected and where the best 1L, 2L, 3L, and Chapter of the Year awards will be given. I hope everyone is excited about the future of NNALSA, and the positive future we are trying to achieve for Indian Country.

Nelson Lambert

J.D. Candidate, 2016

Charlotte School of Law

National NALSA Public Relations Director

Michigan Representing at NNALSA Moot Court 2014

Michigan State teams Stephen Raslich, Tamera Begay, Emily Smith, and Sarah Donnelly

MSU team Chantal Crawley and Nellie David

University of Michigan teams:
Shay Elbaum and Hunter Cox

Colin Kavanaugh and Whitney Robinson

NNALSA President/MSU student John Simermeyer


Univ. of Michigan Law School NAPGRA Panel — Updated

Here is yesterday’s panel — student organizer Katherine Carlton, me, Eric Hemenway, Karen O’Brien, and Laura Ramos (thanks to JS for the pic):

Here are some Spartans representing:

And John Petoskey:

The crowd filing in, armed with pizza:

More pics from Katherine. Eric Hemenway in action!

Famous and soon to be famous people in audience — Forrest and Hunter, Simermeyer, Donnelly, Meg Noori, and John.

Talk at Michigan Law School Tomorrow @ Noon — Skull Wars: Returning Native American Remains

Announcement here.

The Cultural Heritage Law Society is sponsoring this lecture in conjunction with U of M Law’s Native American Law Student Association.The panel will be held in Room 218 of Hutchins Hall at the University of Michigan Law School on Tuesday, October 30th. It will be a lunch lecture, so it will begin at 12:00 and end at 1:15 with lunch provided. It will be open to all of the University community.

Speakers include Matthew Fletcher, Eric Hemenway, Laura Ramos, and Karen O’Brien.

UM Law Quad Profiles on Three Indian Law Alums

Here: Michigan Law Quad Article on Indian Law Prof Alums

The three are Allie Maldonado, Beth Kronk, and me.

Michigan Indian Law Day Agenda (UPDATED) — April 2

University of Michigan NALSA

2010 Indian Law Day Schedule

Looking Inward: Tribal Governance


1:00 – 1:10

Joseph Brave-Heart

Keynote Speaker

1:10 -1:40

Frank Ettawageshik

Former Tribal Chairman, Little Traverse Bay

Bands of Odawa Indians

Tribal Constitutions

1:45 – 2:25

Allie Maldonado, Assistant General Counsel,

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Mike Phelan, Office of the General Counsel

Pokagon Band Potawatomi Indians

Tribal Courts

2:30 – 3:10

Prof. Matthew Fletcher, Michigan State University College of Law

Amy Kullenberg, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians


3:10 – 3:25

Tribal Economic Diversification

3:25 – 4:05

Zeke Fletcher, Associate, Rosette & Associates

Prof. Matthew Fletcher, Michigan State University College of Law