Gloria Valencia-Weber reappointed to board for Legal Services Corporation

University of New Mexico Emeritus Professor of Law Gloria Valencia-Weber was recently sworn in as one of 11 members of the Board of Directors for Legal Services Corporation, the single largest provider of civil legal aid for the poor in the nation. Valencia-Weber was originally appointed by President Barack Obama in 2010, and was one of six selected for reappointment. Article here.

New Mexico Law School Indian Law Faculty Job Posting

UNM School of Law is recruiting an Indian Law faculty member.  Please consider applying or share with interested candidates.  The link to apply is here:

The position ad is below.

The University of New Mexico School of Law invites applications for one faculty position in its Law and Indigenous Peoples Program starting in the Fall of 2013. The position is full-time and may be probationary leading to a tenure decision, tenured, or visiting. Academic rank and salary will be based on experience and qualifications.

The Law and Indigenous Peoples Program is widely regarded to be among the finest in the country. The School of Law therefore seeks individuals with the scholarly and teaching qualifications to build upon the excellence of this program.

The Indian Law position requires someone who is committed to teaching and scholarship in one or more areas of Indian Law. The Law and Indigenous Peoples program offers courses in: Federal Indian Law, Tribal Law, and International Law and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. We are interested in building and developing these concentrations of law. In addition, the Law and Indigenous Peoples Program offers an Indian Law Certificate, publishes the Tribal Law Journal, provides clinical experiences through the Southwest Indian Law Clinic and works closely with the nationally-known American Indian Law Center (AILC), Inc., a non-profit legal and public policy organization. The Pre-Law Summer Institute, which prepares Native American students for law school, is administered by the AILC and hosted by the UNM School of Law. Please see our website at for more information.

The University of New Mexico is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

The University of New Mexico (UNM) provides a diversified package of benefits including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance. In addition, UNM offers educational benefits through tuition remission and dependent education programs.

Rebecca Tsosie to Join New Mexico Law Faculty

From John LaVelle:

Dear Indian law colleagues,

It my great privilege and pleasure to announce that Professor Rebecca Tsosie will be joining the faculty of the University of New Mexico School of Law, beginning in the summer of 2011.

Thanks to Dean Kevin Washburn for working creatively to facilitate Rebecca’s appointment.

— John

3rd Annual UNM Indian Law Clinics Conference Announcement

Indian Law Clinics and Externship Programs

Third Annual Symposium

Interconnections of Law and Poverty and Impacts on Indigenous Peoples and Other Communities of Color

Sunday, June 7 to Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Isleta Resort & Casino

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Kevin Washburn Named Dean at UNM

Holy cow!!!!

From UNM (via the Lounge):

Kevin WashburnThe University of New Mexico Provost Suzanne Ortega announced today that Kevin K. Washburn has been selected to lead the UNM School of Law as its newest dean and full professor of law. Washburn will begin his tenure at UNM on June 30, 2009.

Photo: Kevin K. Washburn was chosen dean at the UNM School of Law.

“Professor Washburn has deep roots in the New Mexico legal community and national experience in legal education. We are fortunate to have him return to the School of Law,” said Ortega.

An enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, Washburn is the first American Indian to serve as the dean of UNM’s School of Law. He began his legal education at UNM at the American Indian Law Center’s summer program and later taught Indian law issues here as an adjunct professor.

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Kevin Washburn a Finalist for the Dean Position at New Mexico

From UNM (via Faculty Lounge):

UNM Provost Suzanne T. Ortega announces four finalists for dean of the School of Law. On campus interviews will take place late-January and early February.

The search committee is chaired by Brenda Claiborne, dean, College of Arts & Sciences. Vice chair is Laura Gómez, associate dean for faculty development, School of Law.

Gregory A. Hicks earned his J.D. in 1978 from the University of Texas. He currently serves as interim dean at the University of Washington School of Law. Previously he served as associate dean for faculty and associate dean for academic administration at the University of Washington. He teaches courses on property, water law, federal public lands and natural resources, and a seminar on land and American culture. Hicks is a member of the Washington State Bar and has served as a trustee with The Nature Conservancy and the Pacific Forest Trust.

Michael A. Olivas is the William B. Bates Distinguished Chair in Law and director of the Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance at the University of Houston Law Center. Olivas earned his J.D. from Georgetown University in 1981. He has served as associate dean for research, and associate dean for students at the University of Houston Law Center. He teaches on education law, professional responsibility, immigration law, legislation, and administrative law. In the 1990s, he served as general counsel to the Association of American University Professors. Olivas is a board member and trustee of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Antoinette Sedillo López earned her J.D. from UCLA in 1982. She is currently professor of law and associate dean for clinical affairs at the UNM School of Law. She teaches courses on civil procedure, election law, family law, community property, land use regulation, and bioethics, among others. She has directed the UNM/Southwestern/Texas Tech/Universidad de Guanajuato Summer Law Institute in Guanajuato where she co-taught NAFTA and Trade in the Americas. Sedillo López has served as president of the national Clinical Legal Education Assocation. She is licensed to practice in New Mexico the District of Columbia.

Kevin K. Washburn is the Rosenstiel Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. He teaches contracts, criminal law, Indian law, and gaming law. He earned his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1993. He previously served as the Oneida Indian Nation Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School. Washburn served as general counsel for the National Indian Gaming Commission in Washington, D.C., and before that as an assistant U.S. attorney in Albuquerque. He is licensed to practice in Minnesota and New Mexico.