Tribal Law Journal Honors Professor Christine Zuni Cruz

Professor Alfred Mathewson, Javier Martinez (`10), Professor Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, Adriana Ramírez de Arellano (`95) and Professor Gloria Valencia-Weber
Professor Alfred Mathewson, far right, makes a point. Other panelists are (l-r): Javier Martinez (`10), Professor Antoinette Sedillo Lopez, Adriana Ramírez de Arellano (`95) and Professor Gloria Valencia-Weber.

Professor Christine Zuni Cruz (`83) was the focus of a March 10 symposium organized by the Tribal Law Journal. Cultivating Native Intellect and Philosophy: A Community Symposium Recognizing and Discussing the Contributions of Christine Zuni Cruz was the title of the symposium at the University of New Mexico School of Law.

Zuni Cruz's work was discussed in two panel discussions, which focused on Native thought and philosophy in tribal courts and community lawyering.

Professors Christine Zuni Cruz (`80) and Margaret Montoya
Professors Christine Zuni Cruz (`80) and Margaret Montoya present their own performance piece.

A member of Isleta Pueblo, Zuni Cruz joined the UNM law faculty in 1993 to establish the Southwest Indian Law Clinic (SILC). As co-director of SILC, she has developed cultural literacy methods for students and practitioners representing Indian tribes and Indian people. In her research and teaching, Zuni Cruz explores law and culture, including the impact of law on Indian families, the practice of Indian Law and lawyering for native communities and the internal traditional and modern law of indigenous peoples domestically and internationally.

The afternoon symposium was followed by a dinner, which featured Frank Valdes as keynote speaker. Valdes, a professor at the University of Miami, is a leading figure in the Latina/o Critical Legal Theory movement and gay rights scholarship.

The Tribal Law Journal editorial staff, 2010-2011
The Tribal Law Journal editorial staff, 2010-2011

Aliza Organick (`96), Isleta Tribal Court Judge William Johnson (`90), Rebecca Tsosis and Mary Jo Hunter
Panelists pose after their presentation (l-r): Aliza Organick (`96), Isleta Tribal Court Judge William Johnson (`90), Rebecca Tsosis and Mary Jo Hunter.

Rebecca Tsosie, Frank Valdes
Frank Valdes, right, with Rebecca Tsosie, who will join the UNM law faculty later in 2011.

March 22, 2011