IPLP Speaker Series

Each semester the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program hosts leading indigenous rights scholars and legal advocates as part of IPLP’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

All IPLP speaker series events are free and open to the public. If you would like to attend, please RSVP to law-iplp@email.arizona.edu.

Fall 2018 Speaker Series

Tribal Justice Capacity Building: the Intersection of Public Health, Public Safety, and Child Welfare

Wednesday September 5, 2018, 12-1:30 PM
James E. Rogers College of Law, Room 156

Alfred Urbina, Assistant Attorney General of the Tohono O’odham Nation, will lead a discussion on the intersections between the criminal justice system, child welfare system, and public health in tribal communities. Mr. Urbina is a graduate of Arizona Law's Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) program, an enrolled member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, and a veteran of the U.S. Army.


Being an Advocate in the Arizona State Legislature

Monday October 1, 2018, 12-1:30 PM
James E. Rogers College of Law, Room 160

IPLP LLM graduate Wenona Benally is an Arizona State Representative for Legislative District 7. Representative Benally will be joined by Rep. Eric Descheenie, D-Chinle (District 7), for a discussion on their experiences serving in the Arizona State Legislature, updates about important policy initiatives in the state, and Benally’s path to becoming a legal advocate for indigenous peoples and a state representative. Wenona graduated from IPLP with a Master of Laws (LLM) Degree in Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy.


Asserting Sovereignty: Nation Building at the Navajo Nation

Monday October 22, 2018, 12-1:30 PM
James E. Rogers College of Law, Room 156

Ethel Branch, Attorney General of the Navajo Nation Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General, will lead a discussion on the Native Nation building efforts of the Navajo Nation, as well as some of the challenges of asserting your sovereignty as a tribe.


Rivers as Legal Persons: Indigenous Responsibility and Western Rights Frameworks

Thursday, October 25, 12–1:15 p.m.
Rountree Hall, Room 204 

Catherine Iorns Magallanes is a Reader in the School of Law at Victoria University of Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand, on environmental law, indigenous rights, and statutory interpretation. Professor Iorns will discuss four recent examples and how they implement different frameworks, from indigenous conceptions of responsibility for nature, to rights-based approaches, and even a hybrid of three approaches. She suggests that rights–including rights for nature–are useful tools, but also that tools which impose or implement collective responsibility may be even more useful.