We were thrilled to see so many of our alumni and friends at the College of Law last Friday to celebrate awards to The Florence Project, Judge Bobby Baldock ('60), John Lacy ('67), and Gabriel S. Galanda ('00). 
Last week, we also held the formal launch party for our Natural Resource Users Law and Policy Center (and see  previous coverage). The event was Thursday evening at the beautiful home of Wayne and Lucia Howard. 

Attendees at the NRULPC launch.
Speaking alongside CALS Dean Shane Burgess (left) and NRULPC Director Cindy DeLancey (center).

This week, we prepare to host over 200 visitors for the "Who Belongs?" conference on tribal affiliations. The March 9-10 conference is organized by Professor Robert Hershey, hosted by our Indigenous People's Law and Policy program, and features Gabe Galanda as the keynote speaker.  
For those of you headed instead to the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas this week, I invite you to join us at our alumni reception on Friday. We will gather at Tom's Urban, 5-7 p.m., March 10. We've created special Arizona Law Pac-12 T-shirts for those who attend! 

Until the footnotes, 

LCA Awards Ceremony

Alumni and friends of the College of Law gathered last Friday for the 2017 Law College Association Awards Ceremony. It was an inspiring evening, and we thank those of you who joined us to recognize the award winners: 
The Florence Project -- Law College Association Award
Judge Bobby Baldock ('60) -- UA Alumni Association Public Service Award
John Lacy ('67) -- UA Alumni Association Professional Achievement Award
Gabriel S. Galanda ('00) -- UA Alumni Association Professional Achievement Award
LCA President Mike King, Professor Robert Williams accepting on behalf of Gabriel Galanda, Lauren Dasse, Dean Miller, Judge Bobby Baldock, and John Lacy (l-r).
LCA President Mike King introduced
the 2017 award winners.
Lauren Dasse, Executive Director of the Florence Project, accepting the LCA Award 
on behalf of the organization.
Mike King presenting the UA Alumni Association Public Service Award to Judge Bobby Baldock.

Who Belongs? Conference Begins Tomorrow

The "Who Belongs? From Tribal Kinship to Native Nation Citizenship to Disenrollment" conference will be held at the James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona, March 9-10, 2017.

The conference is co-convened by the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program at the James E. Rogers College of Law and the Department of American Indian Studies.

Professor Robert Hershey
Keynote speaker Gabriel Galanda ('00)

This first-of-its-kind conference will bring together prominent scholars in the field of Federal Indian Law, International Law, and American Indian Studies, as well as tribal government officials, to discuss recent trends in Indian Country dealing with citizenship and community belonging, including disenrollment.  

The Tribal Leaders Forum on the afternoon of March 10 will be moderated by Joan Timeche (Hopi), Executive Director of the Native Nations Institute (NNI), and Dr. Miriam Jorgensen, NNI's Research Director. Timeche noted, 

"Participants will have an unparalleled opportunity to explore the question 'Who belongs?'-- a foundational aspect of self-governance and self-determination for Native nations and critical question for the future of any nation."
The conference is free to all tribal officials, Native and Indigenous peoples, faculty, and students. Attorneys are also eligible for 12 CLE hours including one hour of ethics (fees for CLE credits are categorized on the registration site). 

Conference organizer Professor Robert Hershey said:

"The conference is designed to address the sensitive issues surrounding who has a hereditary and/or cultural right to be a part of a Native and Aboriginal community, and what are an individual's responsibilities to that community.  It is our hope that an atmosphere of respect, understanding, listening, and learning will be fostered, and that our gathering will promote utmost dignity."
Additionally, as highlighted recently by the New York Times, disenrollment has reached an epidemic level, with as many as 9,000 Native Americans having been jettisoned from nearly 80 tribes in recent years. As Professor Robert A. Williams, Jr. (Lumbee) stated in the New York Times article,

"It's almost become an industry in some parts of Indian Country."
The conference is designed for attendance by tribal leaders and citizens, tribal and federal government officials, attorneys and advocates practicing Native American and Indigenous Peoples law, Native and Indigenous people, officers of tribal enrollment and constitution reform committees, and faculty and students of American Indian studies and law.

If you have questions regarding the conference, please contact Event Coordinator, Matthew Schwoebel.

For more information, including the full agenda 
and confirmed participants, click here. 

See You in Vegas

You are invited to meet up with Arizona Law at the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament in Las Vegas!

UPDATE We have cancelled the Thursday evening reception with new admits and instead invite everyone to come out for the big Friday evening Arizona Law alumni reception at Tom's Urban. RSVP here for Friday.

Wildcats in Las Vegas Welcome Party

The UA Alumni Association will be at Diablo's Cantina again this year to kick off the Pac-12 Tournament. Join Wilbur, cheerleaders, and UA alumni from across the country.
Wednesday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., Diablo's Cantina, 3770 S. Las Vegas Blvd. 21-and-over age requirement goes into effect at 9 p.m.
No cover and open to everyone! Full list of UA Alumni events.  

Arizona Law Alumni Reception

Join your fellow Arizona Law alumni for a cocktail hour at Tom's Urban. Alumni in attendance will get an Arizona Law "Court is in Session" T-shirt. Tom's Urban is located in the New York New York Hotel right next to the T-Mobile Arena where the Pac-12 Tournament will take place.
Friday, March 10, 5-7 p.m., Tom's Urban, New York New York Casino, 3790 S Las Vegas Blvd.

Join Phoenix Reception Welcoming New Students

Please join the Arizona Law Alumni and Admissions Offices in welcoming our newly admitted students.
Squire Patton Boggs has graciously agreed to co-host our event. The reception will be held in the firm's lobby, featuring beautiful balcony views of downtown Phoenix from the 27th floor.
When: Thursday, March 16, 2017,  5-7 p.m.
Where: Squire Patton Boggs,  1 E Washington St.,  Suite 2700,  Phoenix, AZ  85004
Attend Launch of the Arizona Public Patent Program
Professor Allan J. Sternstein directs the IP & Entrepreneurship Clinic.

When:  Thursday, March 23, 2017,  4 p.m. Pre-launch Info and Networking Sessions,  5-7 p.m. Launch and Reception
Where:  UA  James E. Rogers College of Law,  1201 E. Speedway Blvd.,  Tucson, AZ 85721

The Arizona Public Patent Program is a statewide program offered by the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law IP & Entrepreneurship Clinic, with the assistance of the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO).
The program is designed to help financially under-resourced independent inventors, small businesses and startup companies obtain free legal counsel from local patent attorneys in filing patent applications and protecting their innovations. Local innovation strengthens our local economy, and this program helps to ensure that Arizona's inventors have the legal protections they need to thrive.
Invited, but not yet confirmed, are representatives from our state and federal government, representatives from the USPTO, investors, inventors, and leaders from the legal and startup communities.
The launch is especially geared toward inventors, patent attorneys, and students of IP law.
This event is open to the public, and there is no cost to attend.
Questions? Email Bernadette Wilkinson or phone her at 520-626-1629.

With the February bar in the rear view mirror for around 25 of our 3Ls, we are off and running into the closing quarter of our academic year. This week we slow down a bit, to hold major conferences such as Who Belongs? this week. 
Next week is our spring break -- time to write, walk (or run, as the case may be), think, and prepare for the end-of-year rush. It is also a time to celebrate ideas, people, and some wonderful Arizona basketball and baseball.  

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