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Tribal In-House Counsel Association 

15th Annual ILPC & TICA Indigenous Law Conference

  • 15 Nov 2018
  • 8:00 AM (EST)
  • 16 Nov 2018
  • 4:00 PM (EST)
  • Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, MI


Register at: https://www.law.msu.edu/indigenous/conf/register.php

Conference art by Peter Boome https://turtletalk.wordpress.com/2018-ilpc-tica-annual-law-conference/


2018 ILPC/TICA Tentative Schedule

Pre-Conference Events: Wednesday, November 14th

11am-3pm TICA Board Meeting

3pm-5:15pm ICWA Tribal In-House Attorney Meeting and Panel

4pm-5:15pm Families First and Tribal Title IV-E Sponsored by: Casey Family Programs

  • Jack Trope, Casey Family Programs
  • Andrea Smith, Port Gamble S’klallam Tribe
  • Suzanne Garcia, Tribal Law and Policy Institute

4pm-5:15pm Tribal Intern Recruitment and Information Session

6pm-8pm Conference Welcome Reception at Beggars Banquet, Sponsored by Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry LLP


Thursday, November 15th

8:15 Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 Welcome

  • Professor Matthew L.M. Fletcher, MSU ILPC
  • President Doreen N. McPaul, Tribal In-House Counsel Association

9:00 Keynote:

  • Matthew L.M. Fletcher, MSU College of Law

10:00-11:30 Tribes, Treaties, and Time

  • Paul Spruhan, Navajo Nation
  • Heather Whiteman Runs Him, NARF
  • Monte Mills, Alexander Blewett III School of Law-University of Montana

11:30-12:30 Lunch

12:30-2:00 Effective Partnering with your Federal Trustee

  • Venus McGhee Prince, Kilpatrick Townsend LLP
  • Eric N. Shephard, DOI Solicitor’s Office
  • Daron Carrerio, DOJ
  • Kara Pfister, DOI Field Solicitor’s Office

2:15-3:45 World Justice Project Rule of Law

  • Moderator: Hilary Tompkins, Hogan Lovells LLP
  • Paul Spruhan, Navajo Nation
  • Alex Ponce, World Justice Project
  • Juan Carols Botero, Republic of Colombia

4:00-5:00 Filling the Pipeline

  • Moderator: Neoshia Roemer, ILPC
  • Jessica Intermill, Hogen Adams
  • Leah K. Jurss, Hogen Adams
  • Rachel R. Felix, Sacks Tierney P.A.

(will fulfill elimination of bias CLE)

6:00 Conference Reception at Hopcat, Sponsored by Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP


Friday, November 16th

8:15 Continental Breakfast

8:30-10:00 Tribal Self-Regulation of Health Care

  • Geoff Strommer, Hobbs Straus
  • Stephen T. LeCuyer, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
  • Rebecca Patterson, Sonosky Chambers

10:15-11:45 Murphy v. Royal Overview and Implications

  • Stephen Greetham, Chickasaw Nation
  • Prof. Amanda Cobb-Greetham, Univ. of Oklahoma
  • Lindsay Dowell, Creek (Muscogee) Nation
  • Debra Gee, Chickasaw Nation
  • Sara Hill, Cherokee Nation
  • Philip Tinker, Kanji & Katzen

11:45-12:45 Lunch

12:45-2:15 Litigating Difficult ICWA Cases

  • Moderator: Kathryn E. Fort, MSU ILPC
  • April Olson, Rothstein Donatelli LLP
  • Tom Murphy, Gila River Indian Community
  • Annette Nickel, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians

2:30-4:00 Professional Responsibility & Ethical Obligations

  • Kaighn Smith Jr. Drummond Woodsum
  • TJ McReynolds, Pueblo of Nambe
  • Nikki Borchart Campbell, NAICJA

(will fulfill ethics CLE) 


Save the date:  https://turtletalk.files.wordpress.com/2018/03/2018-ilpc-conference-save-the-date_proof-4.pdf 

TICA is a non-profit 501(c)(6) organization created to provide resources and networking opportunities to assist tribal in-house practitioners. 

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