|Law School hosts national conference on pedagogy of American Indian law|
The School of Law Northern Plains Indian Law Center is proud to host a national conference, “The Pedagogy of American Indian Law,” Oct. 13-14. The conference will be held in the Baker Court Room at the School of Law beginning at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13.
Indian Law scholars from across the country will be presenting. For a complete schedule, please visit www.law.und.edu. There is no charge to attend the conference, and it does qualify for 10.25 Continuing Legal Education credits. For more information or to register for the program, contact Tahira Hashmi, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (701) 777-2223.
The conference reflects on the pedagogical aspects of American Indian Law. The Indian law teachers look at Lone Wolf v. Hitchcock, Santa Clara Pueblo v. Martinez, and other cases in the Indian law canon in different ways. The teaching methods used by the more experienced Indian law professors who earned their bones in treaty and civil rights cases and in legal aid might vary a great deal from the less experienced professors, more and more of whom are Indians themselves. Professors who became interested in Indian law from their scholarship in constitutional law, property, federal courts, and so on might have yet more views.
The teaching of what is called Indian law to law students is a new art, beginning with Professor Ralph Johnson's first classes at the University of Washington (his teaching materials are still an integral part of many law libraries) and Monroe Price's Native American Law Manual, produced by the California Indian Legal Services in the late 1960s and early 1970s. There are well over 100 teachers of Indian law now.
Unlike the prior, excellent symposia at the Tulsa and New Mexico law schools, this conference would urge Indian law scholars and teachers to speak to each other. There are more teachers and scholars every year and there is still a lot to learn from each other, specifically related to teaching classes. Some of the panel topics are Teaching the Marshall Trilogy and Teaching Treaties. This conference also looks at the Indian law canon from law and literature, multidisciplinary, and clinical perspectives. In other words, it is a chance for Indian law teachers to reflect on the last 30 years and compare notes.
-- Rob Carolin, Director of Alumni and Public Relations, Law School, email@example.com, 7-2856