Judge Sam Winder (`88), recently appointed to the Second Judicial District, spoke of the importance of seeking and receiving support in his keynote address at the 18th annual Academic Convocation and Gathering of Communities.
“Always remember that someone is there rooting for you,” he said. “And remember that someone is going to need your help in 10 years, and that you’ll be there.” Winder is a member of the Navajo Nation and the Southern Ute Tribe.
Every fall, the UNM School of Law welcomes and honors its Native American students and other students who are focusing on the Indian law program. This year, 34 Native American students representing 25 tribes were honored, along with 17 non-Natives.
A drum group from the Native American Community Academy opened and closed the event. The Albuquerque charter school is temporarily housed in the former New Mexico Court of Appeals building adjacent to the law school.
During the evening, Tracy Goodluck (`14) was awarded the Toby Grossman Scholarship by the Indian Alumni Council. The Native American Law Students Association conducted a silent auction and a raffle, which raises funds for the group.
November 18, 2011