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

February 5, 2016
UCLA School of Law

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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.

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).



Friday, February 5, 2016
UCLA School of Law

One and a half hours of general CLE credit available for each panel. UCLA School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.

8:30-9:00 am Welcome

  1. Sarah Kozal, Symposium Editor
  2. Professor Angela Riley
  3. Professor Laura Gómez

9-10:30 am Panel I: Planting Tail Feathers: Public Law 280 & the Rise of Indian Gaming (1.5 hours CLE)

Moderator: Jonathan D. Varat, Professor of Law Emeritus, Dean Emeritus

  1. Bob Anderson (University of Washington School of Law; Oneida Visiting Professor of Law, Harvard Law School) (Minnesota Chippewa, Bois Forte Band)
  2. Dorothy Alther (Executive Director, California Indian Legal Services) (Oglala Sioux)
  3. Loretta Tuell ‘92 (Shareholder, Greenberg, Traurig; former Majority Staff Director & Chief Counsel, U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs) (Nez Perce)
  4. William Wood, JD/MA ‘06 (Southwestern Law School; UCLA School of Law Inaugural Greenberg Fellow)

Break: 10:30 – 10:45 am

10:45am – 12:15 pm Panel II: Criminal Justice in Indian Country: A Roadmap for Reform (1.5 hours CLE)

 Moderator: Devon Carbado, Honorable Harry Pregerson Professor of Law

  1. Kevin Washburn (Assistant Secretary, Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior) (Chickasaw Nation)
  2. Addie Rolnick, ‘04 (UNLV School of Law; UCLA School of Law Inaugural Critical Race Studies Fellow)
  3. Troy Eid (Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig; Chair, Indian Law and Order Commission)
  4. Sarah Deer (Mitchell Hamline School of Law; 2014 recipient MacArthur Foundation ‘Genius’ Grant) (Muscogee Creek Nation)

Lunch: 12:15-1:45 Program TBD

 1:45-3:15 pm Panel III: A Law of Their Own: Tribal Legal Systems (1.5 hours CLE)

 Moderator: Professor Stephen A. Aron, UCLA History Department

  1. Pat Sekaquaptewa (Founder and Board President, Nakwatsvewat Institute; Justice, Hopi Appellate Court, Supreme Court of the Hopi Tribe) (Hopi Tribe)
  2. Greg Sarris (Tribal Chief of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria) (Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria)
  3. Bob Clinton (Arizona State Law School; Chief Justice of the Winnebago Supreme Court; Associate Justice for the Colorado River Indian Tribes Court of Appeals, the Hualapai Tribal Court of Appeals, and the Hopi Court of Appeals)

Break 3:15-3:30 pm

3:30-5:00 pm Panel IV: Cutting Edge Issues in Indian Law (1.5 hours CLE)

 Moderator: Professor Laura E. Gómez

  1. Reid Chambers (Founding Partner, Sonosky, Chambers; Professor, UCLA School of Law 1970-73)
  2. Rebecca Tsosie ’90 (Arizona State College of Law; Appellate Judge, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Supreme Court; Appellate Judge, San Carlos Apache Tribe Court of Appeals) (Yaqui descent)
  3. Rodney Lewis ‘72 (consultant, Akin, Gump; first member of an Arizona Indian tribe to become a member of the State Bar of Arizona and the first member of an Indian tribe to appear before the U.S. Supreme Court) (Gila River Indian Community)
  4. Angela R. Riley (UCLA School of Law) (Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma)

5:00-5:45 pm Closing Remarks

  1. Dean Jennifer Mnookin
  2. Carole E. Goldberg, Jonathan D. Varat Distinguished Professor of Law & Vice Chancellor for Academic Personnel

5:45-7:00 pm Reception Hosted by the Law Review


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