Like Arizona Law as a whole, the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy (IPLP) program continues to grow and to transform lives through innovative programming and teaching, engagement with current legal issues, and the dedication and accomplishments of its alumni. IPLP has developed an international reputation, drawing amazing students from around the globe and enriching our college.

In today's Letter of the Law we share news on IPLP alumnus Alfred Urbina ('08), a faculty-organized conference on the timely topic of tribal disenrollment, and our two spring IPLP speakers. 

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Alfred Urbina ('08) Honored for Tribal Advocacy

Aislinn Rioux, Gertrude Heavy Runner, Alfred Urbina, and George Heavy Runner (l-r).

Alfred Urbina ('08), attorney general of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, was awarded the Bonnie Heavy Runner Victims Advocacy Award on Dec. 9 at the 15th National Indian Nations Conference in Palm Springs, California. The award recognizes his work to increase access to justice for members of the Pascua Yaqui community. 

Fred 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. 

He has worked diligently with Pascua Yaqui tribal leadership, along with IPLP faculty and clinic students, expanding the tribe's jurisdiction to prosecute non-Native offenders of domestic violence and advocating for continued improvements to criminal justice and social service systems to better serve the community.

On hearing news of the award, Fred thanked Arizona Law and IPLP faculty for their:

"... tutelage and unconditional support over the years. Because of the partnership with Arizona Law and IPLP, we are protecting women and children from violence This support has been instrumental in helping us gain the capacity necessary to implement and encapsulate what was created, so that we can share it with our sister tribes in Indian country. It is vital that this work is scaled out nationally. There is injustice being perpetrated on women, children, and Native families, and we can't rest." 

IPLP to Host Conference on Tribal Disenrollment
Excitement is building for a conference to be held at the College of Law on March 9 and 10 in the Ares Auditorium -- Who Belongs? From Tribal Kinship to Native Nation Citizenship to Disenrollment

The national conference, which is dedicated to the late Vine Deloria, Jr., will be co-convened by the IPLP program at Arizona Law and the UA's American Indian Studies Program, says Arizona Law professor Robert Hershey.

It is designed for attendance by tribal leaders, government officials, attorneys and advocates practicing Native American and indigenous law, tribal members, officers of enrollment committees, and faculty and students of American Indian studies and law.

Confirmed participants include Matthew Fletcher, Gabriel Galanda ('00), Norbert Hill, Joseph Kalt, Richard Luarkie, Pamela Palmater, Patricia Riggs, Kawika Riley, Wenona Singel, Kevin Washburn, David Wilkins, and tribal leaders. 

Arizona Law professors Rebecca Tsosie, Robert A. Williams, and Hershey will also be featured speakers.    

Registration details will be available soon. For more information, please contact Robert Hershey.

CLE statement: The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity may qualify for up to 12 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona including 1 hour of professional responsibility.

IPLP Spring Distinguished Speakers
This spring, the IPLP Distinguished Speaker Series will feature Derek Kauanoe, a prominent Native Hawaiian legal advocate, and IPLP alumna Hester Dillon, Program Officer for Indigenous Communities at the NoVo Foundation. 

Derek Kauanoe serves as Governance Manager for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA). As Governance Manager, Derek manages OHAʻs Hawaiian governance and self-determination initiatives. Derek's presentation, "Native Hawaiian Recognition and Federal Indian Law: Square Pegs and Round Holes," will focus on ongoing initiatives to advance the self-determination of Native Hawaiian communities.  

Monday, January 30, 12:15-1:30 p.m. James E. Rogers College of Law, Faculty Lounge (Room 237) 

Hester Dillon ('05) is Program Officer for Indigenous Communities at the NoVo Foundation. NoVo's Indigenous Communities Initiative provides grants to support Native-led organizations throughout North America in the areas of violence against girls, women, and the earth; indigenous cultural expression; healing from historical trauma and oppression; indigenous education; and leadership of indigenous girls and women. A citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Hester studied Native American studies and English at the University of Montana and law at the University of Arizona. During law school, she was a member of NALSA and the Law Women's Association.  

Friday, February 24, 12:15-1:30 p.m. James E. Rogers College of Law, Faculty Lounge (Room 237)

For further information on either speaker, contact Justin Boro.
Upcoming Events

Take note of the following events open to the College of Law community in the next few weeks:
  • 36th Isaac Marks Memorial Lecture, Jan. 27, featuring Professor Geoffrey Stone, "Getting to Same-Sex Marriage." Register here.
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit Visit and Oral Arguments, Feb. 1. Sponsored by the UA's Rehnquist Center. Register here.
  • Peter Chase Neumann Lecture on Civil Justice, Feb. 16, featuring Randi McGinn, "Using the Law to Transform Your Community: Making the World Safe From Dangerous Health Care, Deceptive Products and Police Shootings."  Register here.
Save the Date! LCA Annual Awards Dinner, Mar. 3

The 2017 Law College Association Annual Awards Dinner will be held on March 3, at 5 p.m. at the College of Law.  Plan to attend, and celebrate this year's awardees: 

Judge Bobby Walnock (UA Alumni Association Public Service Award)
John Lacy (UA Alumni Association Professional Achievement Award)
Gabriel S. Galanda (UA Alumni Association Professional Achievement Award)
The Florence Project (Law College Association Award) 

Attendees enjoying last year's LCA dinner.

Clearly there is never a dull moment at the James E. Rogers College of Law. As always, I encourage you to attend a college event, connect with a current student or fellow alumnus or faculty member, and keep in touch.

Our door is open.


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