Welcome and Congratulations to the 2014-15 NALSA Moot Court Team

The Native American Law Students Association would like to extend a warm welcome and hearty congratulations to the 2014-2015 NALSA Moot Court Team. This year’s first-year competitors join us with a wealth of diverse experiences and knowledge, and we are extremely excited to introduce them.

Armine Black
Victoria Chen
Rori Collins
Todd Densen
Kristen Ferguson
Christopher Helwig
Dhrumit Joshi
Saagar Kaul
Vanessa Racehorse
Trevor Reed
Morgan Saunders
Julia Sherman
Rachael Siegel
Ryan Strong
Christian Termyn
Angelica Tillander

Also returning to the team are 3L competitors Andrew Sangster and Jacob Wolf, who have been active members and leaders of NALSA for the past two years.

The Moot Court Program at Columbia Law School is made possible by the generous support of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

NALSA 2014!

Congratulations to the 2013-14 NALSA Moot Court Team!

Please join us in offering our congratulations to the NALSA Moot Court Team!

This past weekend, Columbia Law School participated, along with 53 other teams from 24 schools, in the 22nd Annual National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court competition hosted by the University of Oklahoma in Norman, OK.

Two of Columbia’s teams – Alex Gottfried’16 and Jacqueline Ma’16, as well as Cady Nicol’16 and Nelson Hua’16 – advanced to the round of 16.

Also competing on Columbia’s team were Julia Bedell, Florence Chen, Jacob Grubman, Dorielle Obanor, Yaa Sarpong, and Erika Vera (all ’16). The team was coached by JoAnn Kintz ’14, Andrew Sangster ’15, Shannon Cleary ’15,  Ryan Gander ’15 and Jacob Wolf ’15.

The teams wish to give a special thanks to Professor Philip Genty, Professor Steve McSloy, and Professor Shawn Watts, as well as all the other professors and school administrators who helped make this achievement possible.

The Moot Court Program at Columbia Law School is made possible by a generous contribution from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

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Congratulations to the NALSA Moot Court Team!

Please join us in offering our congratulations to the NALSA Moot Court Team!

This past weekend, Columbia Law School participated, along with 53 other teams from 24 schools, in the National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court competition hosted by Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.

Natasha Bronn ’13 and Jenny Patten ’13 won Second Place overall in the competition.  In addition, Andrew Sangster ’15 and Jacob Wolf ’15 advanced to the round of 16 and won Second Place for Best Brief. William Monks’15 and Shannon Cleary ‘15 also advanced to the round of 16.

Also competing on Columbia’s team were Sourabh Mishra, Ryan Gander, Jacob Sklar, Olena Savytska, Kevin Casey, Hubert Ahn, Shreya Fadia, and Daniel Sockwell (all ’15). The team was coached by Allison Neswood ’13, Meagan Burrows ’14, JoAnn Kintz ’14, Ian MacDougall ’14 and Caroline Stover ’14.

The teams wish to give a special thanks to Professor Carla Fredericks, Professor Philip Genty, Professor Steve McSloy, Professor Trevor Morrison, and Judge Debra Livingston as well as all the other professors and school administrators who helped make this achievement possible.

Columbia NALSA and the Columbia NALSA Moot Court Team are supported by a generous contribution from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
The Moot Court Program at Columbia Law School is made possible by a generous contribution from Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

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The Columbia Law Native American Law Students Association is proud to present the 12th Annual Indian Law Writing Competition

The purpose of the competition is to recognize excellence in legal research and writing related to Indian law, actively encourage the development of writing skills of NNALSA members, and enhance substantive knowledge in the fields of Federal Indian Law, Tribal Law and traditional forms of governance. The competition is open to matriculated law students at any point in their law school career and regardless of race or tribal membership status. Eligible topics are Federal Indian law and policy, Tribal law and policy, International law and policy concerning indigenous peoples, and Comparative Law (i.e intertribal or government-to-government studies). Existing work is welcomed.

  • First Prize – $1000.00 – Sponsored by Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP & Publication in the Columbia Journal of Race and Law
  • Second Prize – $500.00 – Sponsored by SNR Denton US LLP
  • Third Prize – $250.00 – Sponsored by Shanker & Kewenvoyouma, PLLC
  • The Federal Bar Association has donated registrations for each awardee to the 38th Annual Indian Law Conference. (Awardees are responsible for their own travel and lodging costs.)

All awardees will be recognized at the National NALSA yearly conference.

Submission Deadline: 5:00 pm EST, Friday January 18, 2013.
All submissions must be electronically submitted to NNALSAWritingCompetition@gmail.com.

Visit the NNALSA Web Site at http://nationalnalsa.org/events/writingcomp/ for official rules and submission form.

Breaking News: Navajo Nation Caravan Honored as Student Initiative of the Year

We are thrilled to announce that the Navajo Nation Spring Break Caravan has been awarded Student Initiative of the Year at this evening’s Student Justice Initiative’s Annual Honors Dinner.

NALSA teamed up with DNA People’s Legal Services to put students to work in the Navajo Nation (Arizona).  Students provided legal information and basic legal services at senior centers, including the drafting of wills, powers of attorney, and advanced medical directives.

Many thanks to the following students for their service and commitment to furthering NALSA’s mission:

Allison Neswood
Natasha Bronn
Jason Hipp
Melissa Saldana
Jeff Crough
JoAnn Kintz
Nancy Cruz
Terra Hittson
Andrea Johnson
Caitlin Smith
Gabriella Barbosa

2012-2013 Executive Board

It is our pleasure to announce the 2012-2013 NALSA Board:

President: JoAnn Kintz
Vice President: Terra Hittson
Treasurer: Bill Nahill
Secretary: Ian MacDougall
Recruitment Director: Precious Benally
Alumni Relations Director: Michelle Luo
Fundraising Director: Natasha Bronn
Social Events Directors: Shefali Singh & Caroline Stover
Communications Director: Carly Hudson
Legal Outreach Director: Meagan Burrows
Academic Chair: Katie Benedict

Good luck to all — we know you have some fantastic ideas for next year. Many thanks to the outgoing Board, especially President Jenny Patten ’13 for her outstanding leadership and dedication.

NALSA Moot Court Team Wows in Hawai’i

Please join us in offering our congratulations to the NALSA Moot Court Team!

At the end of February, Columbia Law School participated, along with 56 teams from 26 schools, in the National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court competition hosted by the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.

Shefali Singh and Caroline Stover ’14 won Third Place overall in the competition. In addition, JoAnn Kintz ’14 and Ian MacDougall ’14 advanced to the round of 8, and Kathryn Benedict ’14 and Michelle Luo ’14 advanced to the round of 16.

Also competing on Columbia’s team were Meagan Burrows, Benjamin Gossels, Carly Hudson, Bill Nahill, Arlene Ortiz-Leytte and Natasha Reyes (all ’14). The team was coached by Frank Holleman ’12, Amy Conners ’13, Jason Hipp ’13, Allison Neswood ’13 and Jenny Patten ’13.

The teams wish to give a special thanks to Professor Carla Fredericks, Professor Philip Genty, Professor Steve McSloy and Professor J. Kehaulani Kauanui as well as all the other professors and school administrators who helped make this achievement possible.

Columbia NALSA and the Columbia NALSA Moot Court Team is supported by generous contributions from Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP (Silver Sponsor); Alexander, Berkey, Williams & Weathers, LLP; Douglas B.L. Endreson; Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; Rothstein, Donatelli, Hughes, Dahlstrom; Schoenburg & Bienvenu LLP; Steptoe & Johnson LLP (Silver Sponsors) and Crowe & Dunlevy (Associate Sponsor).

The Moot Court Program at Columbia Law School is made possible by a generous contribution from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP.

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