Indian Law Clinic Symposium to Address Law and Poverty

Indian law clinicians and Indian law legal scholars will gather with community lawyers and poverty lawyers at the third annual Indian Law Clinics and Externship Programs Symposium, where they will discuss the interconnections of law and poverty for indigenous peoples at the international, national, regional and tribal levels. The three-day symposium will begin on June 7 with an opening reception and dinner and continue through June 9 at Isleta Resort and Casino.

Some questions that will be raised and discussed include: What does the economic crisis mean for social justice in indigenous communities and communities of color, what is the 2009 picture of poverty in Indian communities, What does poverty for indigenous peoples in the 21st century look like, what are the impacts of economic hard times for different areas of Indian law, such as criminal, family, civil rights, public benefits and what can Indian law and other clinics teach to be responsive, and how?

The symposium is designed to promote solidarity and sharing among clinics and clinicians working with Native Americans, minority populations and those working in the areas of poverty law and community lawyering.

The symposium is organized by the University of New Mexico Southwest Indian Law Clinic, Washburn University School of Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law and Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, in cooperation with the University of New Mexico Tribal law Journal.