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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.

Spring 2018 Speakers

Indian Civil Rights Advocacy and Litigation

February 22, 12:15–1:15 p.m.
James E. Rogers College of Law, Room 168

IPLP graduate Gabe Galanda (’00) is Partner and Founder of Galanda Broadman, PLLC, a leading law firm specializing in complex litigation, bet-the-company business matters, and regulatory disputes for tribal governments, enterprises, and citizens. Gabe specializes in defending tribes and Indian-owned enterprises against legal attack by local, state, and federal government and private parties; advocating for tribal members in disenrollment or civil rights defense; and representing tribal plaintiffs and defendants in catastrophic personal injury lawsuits.

Human & Civil Rights Advocacy at the Water Protector Legal Collective

March 19, 12:15–1:15 p.m.
Rountree Hall, Room 204

IPLP graduate Terry Janis (’89), will discuss his work as executive director of the Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC), the on-the-ground legal team for the ceremonial resistance camps at Standing Rock. Terry (Oglala Lakota) has worked extensively on Native American and international indigenous education and human rights issues. Working through organizations such as WPLC, University of Arizona, Indian Law Resource Center, and Northern Arizona University, Janis has consistently combined education and law to work with Indian leaders and students to advocate for indigenous rights.

Coalition Building in Federal Policy and Law Making

March 29, 12:15-1:15 PM
Rountree Hall, Room 204

IPLP graduate Akilah Kinnison (JD ’12, LLM ’13) is an Associate at Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker, a leading law firm in the practice of federal Indian law. Akilah works alongside IPLP alumni Katie Klass and Joshua Proper in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. At the firm, Akilah’s practice areas include health care and education, cultural and environmental resource protection, tribal gaming, and international repatriation. She assists the firm with coalition building and legal advocacy around these issues. 

Beyond a Zero-Sum Federal Trust Responsibility

April 12, 12:15–1:15 p.m.
Rountree Hall, Room 204

Monte Mills is Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the Margery Hunter Brown Indian Law Clinic at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana. Monte will discuss his recent article on the federal government’s trust responsibility in the context of tribal energy development and how lessons from that policy arena could reshape the intersection of natural resource development and indigenous cultural preservation.

Prior Spring 2018 Speakers

Food Sovereignty and International Political Economy

January 10, 12:15-1:15 PM
James E. Rogers College of Law, Room 164

Join the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program for a presentation by Michael Fakhri, Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Food Resiliency Project at the University of Oregon, School of Law. Professor Fakhri will discuss how the food sovereignty movement has been a powerful force that, over the past several decades, has changed international trade institutions, property rights, and human rights law.

Doing Business in Indian Country: Challenges and Opportunities in Tribal Business Law

January 19, 12:15–1:15 PM
James E. Rogers College of Law, Room 164
 
Join the Indigenous Governance Program, Native Nations Institute, and Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program for our Distinguished Speaker Series to learn from renowned federal Indian law scholar Matthew Fletcher. Professor Matthew Fletcher is Professor of Law & Director of the Indigenous Law & Policy Center at the Michigan State University College of Law. Professor Fletcher will discuss the legal framework for doing business within tribal communities and the opportunities and challenges it presents.

Common Struggles: Indigenous Rights around the World

January 24, 12:30–1:30 PM
James E. Rogers College of Law, Room 164

Join the Indigenous Governance Program, Native Nations Institute, and Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program for our Distinguished Speaker Series to learn from renowned Indigenous rights scholar Rebecca Tsosie. Professor Tsosie will compare and contrast common legal and policy issues in Indigenous human rights that cross international jurisdictions and explore issues where divergences exist.

IPLP Law School Preview Day

February 13, 12:15–1:45 p.m.
James E. Rogers College of Law, Room 168

Join the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program and Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) for a law school preview day. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how to prepare for law school and about the need for legal advocates who can protect the rights of Indigenous communities. Law school staff will also be available to answer questions about the law school application process.

Fall 2017 Speakers

Realizing Indigenous Rights

October 17, 2017, 12-1PM
Faculty Lounge (room 237)

Join the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program for a conversation by faculty from the University of Waikato, Te Piringa School of Law on the indigenous rights regime in New Zealand.

Promoting Tribal Sovereignty at the Navajo Nation Department of Justice

November 13, 12-1PM
James E. Rogers College of Law, Faculty Lounge (room 237)

Join the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) Program to meet, learn from, and network with some of IPLP’s most distinguished and professionally accomplished alumni.