What Do We Know About Tribal Courts? An Examination of the 30th Anniversary of Oliphant

9:30 am - 4:45 pm

This conference will examine tribal law and tribal courts. While Federal Indian Law, the law governing federal-tribal relations, has made its way onto an increasing number of state bar exams and Indian law scholarship is published periodically in leading law reviews, tribal law in some respects remains Indian law's younger sibling. Ten years ago, while a professor at WCL, Nell Jessup Newton, now Dean of Hastings, observed that "the work of tribal courts is little known outside the circle of attorneys practicing before tribal courts on a regular basis and scholars of Indian law." Nell Newton, Tribal Court Praxis: One Year in the Life of Twenty Indian Tribal Courts, 22 AM. INDIAN L. REV. 285 (1998). A scholarly focus on tribal courts is also a logical outgrowth of the U.S. Supreme Court's problematic understanding of tribal courts 30 years ago in Oliphant v. Suquamish Indian Tribe, 435 U.S. 191 (1978). Borrowing from the conclusion of Dean Newton's exploration of tribal courts, the hope is that this conference will "serve to allow for a critical dialogue" on tribal law.

Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff & General Public – no charge
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