The Next Frontier in Federal Indian Law: Building on the Foundational Work of Carole E. Goldberg

February 5, 2016
UCLA School of Law

Organized by UCLA Law Review and Professor Angela R. Riley and Professor Laura E. Gómez.

This year's Symposium will focus on cutting edge issues in federal Indian law and, in so doing, celebrate the 40+ year career of Jonathon D. Varat Professor of Law Carole E. Goldberg.   Federal Indian law, broadly defined, governs the relationship between the federal government and the more than 566 Indian nations within the United States, as well as implicating states’ rights and raising questions that bear on tribal law and issues of self-determination.  Drawing on the richness and breadth of the field, the Symposium will cover topics related to constitutional law (such as federalism, sovereignty, and equal protection), civil procedure (such as conflict of laws, subject matter jurisdiction, and venue), criminal law (including complex jurisdictional issues over prosecution), and other cutting edge issues (such as gaming, taxation, protection of natural resources, and international human rights law).  In a lively, critical event, we will engage the work of Professor Goldberg, but then use her scholarship as a a springboard to further explore the vigorous debate around these critical issues.

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Carole E. Goldberg

Carole Goldberg teaches Civil Procedure, Federal Indian Law, Tribal Legal Systems, the Tribal Legal Development Clinic, and the Tribal Appellate Court Clinic. The two clinics render legal services to Indian tribes and Indian judicial systems.  In 2006, she served as the Oneida Indian Nation Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School, and in 2007 she was appointed a Justice of the Hualapai Court of Appeals.   In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed her to the Indian Law and Order Commission, which is investigating and recommending ways to improve Indian country criminal justice.

Following law school, Professor Goldberg clerked for Judge Robert F. Peckham, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.  She has twice served as Associate Dean for the School of Law, from 1984 to 1989 and from 1991 to 1992. She has also served as Chair of the Academic Senate in 1993-1994.  In 2011, she was appointed Vice Chancellor, Academic Personnel, for the UCLA campus.

Goldberg's recent books include Defying the Odds:  The Tule River Tribe's Struggle for Sovereignty in Three Centuries (Yale University Press 2010, co-authored with anthropologist Gelya Frank) and Indian Law Stories (Foundation Press 2011, co-edited with Kevin Washburn and Philip Frickey).  Professor Goldberg has written widely on the subject of federal Indian law and tribal law, and is co-editor and co-author of Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law (1982, 2005, 2012 editions), as well as co-author of a casebook, American Indian Law: Native Nations and the Federal System (6th ed., 2010).