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Prior to the founding of the firm, Charles Hobbs successfully litigated early court rulings that led to a Supreme Court decision that the Tribe retained its treaty hunting and fishing rights after Congress terminated the Tribe. Menominee Tribe v. United States, 391 U.S. 404 (1968).

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Tribal Courts in the 21st Century - FREE PROGRAM*

The program will include a diverse panel of experts who will provide practical advice for navigating the complex landscape of tribal jurisdiction in Indian Country and beyond. Participants will learn about the challenges of tribal court jurisdiction, with a particular focus on civil and criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians. The impact of the 2010 Tribal Law and Order Act and the 2013 Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization “Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction” over non-Indians will be examined. The ramifications of Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (whether tribal courts have jurisdiction to adjudicate on reservation civil tort claims against nonmembers), currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, will also be examined.

Friday, August 5
3:30pm - 5:00pm
ABA Annual Meeting
Moscone West, Room 3016
747 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: please RSVP “Tribal Courts” to

Keynote Addresses
 Kirke Kickingbird, Chair of the Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice (1st Native Chair of an ABA entity); Of Counsel, Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP
 Mary Smith, ABA Secretary-Elect (1st Native ABA Officer); Special Counsel and Trust Officer, Office of the Special Deputy Receiver

 Stacy L. Leeds, Dean and Professor Law, University of Arkansas School of Law (1st Native female law school dean)
 C. Bryant Rogers, VanAmberg, Rogers, Yepa, Abeita & Gomez, LLP
 Kevin Washburn, Professor of Law and former Dean, University of New Mexico School of Law (2nd Native law school dean); Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of Interior (2012-2015)
 O. Joseph Williams, legal counsel to Chief Anderson of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians; Chief Justice for the Sac & Fox Nation Supreme Court
 Alfred L. Urbina, Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General, Pascua Yaqui Tribe
 Geoffrey D. Strommer, Partner, Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP; Vice Chair of the Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice Native American Concerns Committee

Co-Sponsors: Judicial Division-Tribal Courts Council; Criminal Justice Section; Section of Taxation; Center for Human Rights; Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division; Young Lawyers Division; Commission on Racial & Ethnic Diversity in the Profession; Section of Environment, Energy & Resources

*The content of this program does not meet requirements for continuing legal education (CLE) accreditation. You will not receive CLE credit for attending.

Available Documents for Download
Tribal Courts in the 21st Century_Flyer.pdf