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  • August 04, 2021

    Find Six Essential Seminars at the Indian Law CLE, Aug. 25-27

    The popular Annual Indian Law CLE returns in August as a virtual webcast seminar. Reserve your spot today to learn more about the broad field of Indian Law.
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    Aug. 4, 2021 – Are you looking to learn more about the field of Indian law? Don’t miss the 9th Annual Indian Law CLE from State Bar of Wisconsin ​Indian Law Section.

    Returning in August after a hiatus in 2020 due to the pandemic, this conference explores current topics in Indian law.

    “Our goal with planning the conference this year is to cover legal developments from over the last two years, considering we missed our conference last year,” said Martina Gast, chair of the Indian Law Section.

    Gast, a member of the Red Rock Indian Band, an Ojibwe First Nation, is the founder of Pipestone Law, dedicated exclusively to supporting the labor and employment needs of Indian tribes and tribal entities and defending the sovereign rights of tribal employers.

    “For those new to this area of law, this is a great opportunity to learn a little bit about the multi-disciplinary practice of Indian law right from their homes, while supporting the State Bar’s mission of diversity and inclusion,” Gast said.

    Don’t-miss the Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs

    Gain tips from leading practitioners in many practice areas – including a case law update, litigation practice tips, zoning and economic development, and more. “It is important to the Indian Law Section Board that we provide affordable and practical content,” said Gast.

    The conference kicks off with Bryan Newland, principal deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, slated to provide opening remarks on the Biden Administration’s plan.

    “We are in the first year of this new administration, so it is important to learn how the government-to-government relationship will be respected and the trust responsibility will be fulfilled,” Gast said.

    The conference concludes with a discussion on the Violence Against Women Act and what Wisconsin tribes are doing legally to address the painful issue of missing and murdered indigenous women. “It is our hope that this discussion will provide tribal communities with additional tools and resources to have a positive impact on this issue,” Gast said.

    Back Together – Virtually

    “We made the decision in early 2021 to forgo an in-person conference this year, and with the current rise in COVID-19 cases, it seems as if this was the right decision to help keep our communities healthy,” Gast said.

    “Tribal communities are spread throughout Wisconsin and our section members often travel a long way to attend the conference – so even though it is in a virtual format, we are excited to interact with section members again,” she said.

    “We do look forward to hopefully seeing everyone in person next year,” she said.

    Visit’s Marketplace to see the schedule and a list of presenters, as well as how to register.

    Indian Law CLE: Three Half-days, Up to 8.5 CLE Credits

    This year’s virtual Indian Law CLE program takes place from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 25, 26, and 27, 2021.

    The program covers timely and significant topics, including:

    • President Biden’s Indian Country Agenda and Litigation Update;
    • Wisconsin ICWA Litigation Practice, Tips, and Tools;
    • Harassment: A Heightened Standard for Attorneys? (1.5 Ethics credit);
    • You Can’t Put That There: Tribal Zoning Authority;
    • Contracting from the Couch: Practicing Law in the Virtual Environment;
    • Tribes’ Authority to Protect Its Own: VAWA & Criminal Issues on the Reservation.

    The program will be submitted to the Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners for up to 8.5 CLE credits, including 1.5 EPR credit.

    Reserve Your Spot

    Indian Law Section members receive discounted pricing. Plus, register by the end of Thursday, Aug. 5, for an early-bird discount. Choose your way to register:

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