UM to Host Indian Law Week April 11-15

March 29, 2016

MISSOULA – The University of Montana Native American Law Students Association will host its annual Indian Law Week, Monday through Friday, April 11-15. This year’s theme is “Economic Development in Indian Country.”

During the week NALSA will host lunchtime presentations with speakers who will discuss a variety of topics impacting tribal communities. These sessions will be held from noon to 1 p.m. April 11-14, on the UM campus. The Monday and Wednesday presentations will be held in Law Building Room 201, and the Tuesday and Thursday lunch sessions will be held in Law Building Room 101. The discussions are free and open to the public.

NALSA encourages students, practitioners and tribal stakeholders to attend the lunchtime presentations during the week.

“Indian Law Week is focused this year on the opportunities and challenges tribal governments face for economic development within their communities,” said NALSA President Mike Trosper. “Reservation economies face a unique set of challenges, including the current legal scheme, geographic isolation and even their own cultures. Our speakers have varied backgrounds and experiences.”

Continuing Legal Education will be offered from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, in the Law Building Castles Center. This event requires registration online at http://www.montanabar.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=783666.

A reception, silent auction and presentation of the Ray Cross and NALSA Teaching Awards will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, at the Garlington, Lohn and Robinson Sixth-Floor Plaza, located at 350 Ryman St. in downtown Missoula. Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Attorney John Carter and UM law Associate Professor Anthony Johnstone will be honored at the event. Tickets cost $10 for the general public and $5 for students.

For more information visit http://www.umt.edu/law/newsevents/events/default.php, call Trosper at 406-239-2239 or email michael.trosper@umontana.edu.

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Contact: Michael Trosper, president, UM Native American Law Students Association,, 406-243-2239, michael.trosper@umontana.edu.