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April 05, 2013


The University of Montana School of Law welcomes Keith Harper to campus to give the 2013 Blakenbaker Lecture on Professional Responsibility at 4 p.m. Monday, April 15, in Law Building Room 201. A reception will follow the lecture, which kicks off 2013 Indian Law Week at the UM School of Law. 

Harper is a partner at Kilpatrick Townsend in Washington, D.C., who focuses his practice on litigation and Native American affairs, representing tribes and individual Indians. A member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, he continues to serve as class counsel in the landmark Indian trust funds lawsuit Cobell v. Kempthorne, a case that recently settled for an aggregate $3.4 billion.

Prior to joining his present firm, Harper was a litigator at the Native American Rights Fund in the Washington, D.C., office. During his tenure at NARF, he also taught Federal Indian Law as an adjunct professor at Catholic University Columbus School of Law and at American University Washington College of Law.

Harper’s lecture at UM is funded the Joseph N. Blankenbaker Foundation.



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Contact: John Mudd, director of development and alumni relations, UM School of Law, 406-243-4319,