Columbia NALSA

Columbia's Native American Law Student Association

Congratulations to the 2011-2012 Moot Court Team

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The all-star team has been selected. The following Columbia Law students will participate in the 20th Annual National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Competition, which will be held in Honolulu, Hawai’i from February 24 through 25:

Joann Kintz
Ian MacDougall
Michelle Luo
Meagan Burrows
William Nahill
Arlene Ortiz-Leyette
Shefali Singh
Benjamin Gossels
Natasha Reyes
Caroline Stover
Carly Hudson
Kathryn Benedict
Adelle Fontanet (3L)
Ezra Corral (3L)

Book your tickets now if you would like to support the team! Alternatively, if you’d prefer to stay put, you can read more about the upcoming competition here.  Last year, Columbia Law School had the honor of hosting the NNALSA competition.  (If you’d like to refresh your memory, feel free to read more about last year’s team here.)  But we are happy to pass the hosting torch to the University of Hawai’i, and even happier to announce this year’s phenomenal competitors.

A hearty congratulations to them all!

Written by C. Giaimo

October 14th, 2011 at 1:57 pm

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Welcome Back — Fall is in Full Swing!

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Columbia NALSA has been keeping busy this fall welcoming the 1Ls to campus, first with a group visit to the National Museum of the American Indian, and later by joining with BLSA, LaLSA, APALSA, and EWOC for a meet-and-greet Happy Hour at Boat Basin.

Now that October has arrived, we are kicking off the month with a Federal Indian Law Primer. For an introductory lecture on the basics of Federal Indian Law, including key legal cases, and a discussion of what it means to practice on behalf of Tribes and Tribal organizations, we hope you will join us at 6:30pm on Monday, October 10, in JG 103!

Written by C. Giaimo

October 4th, 2011 at 9:58 am

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Columbia’s National NALSA Election Results!!

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Columbia had amazing results at the National NALSA annual meeting held today and yesterday at the Federal Bar Association Indian Law Conference. Here’s what they’re coming back with:
•Shawn Watts, National NALSA President
•Caitlin Smith, National NALSA Treasurer
•Jenny Patten, National NALSA ABA Rep
•Precious Benally, National NALSA PR Director
•Frank Holleman, Area 5 Rep
(all of our candidates won their respective races! here are the full results of the election)

•Shawn Watts, 2L of the Year
•Precious Benally, 1L of the Year

•Matt Birkhold, First Prize in the Writing Competition
•Jackie Bonneau, Third Prize in the Writing Competition

•our many moot court successes are of course a part of this
•we’re also excited that University of Hawaii is hosting next year’s moot court competition

Looks like next year will be an amazing year for NNALSA and Columbia!

Congrats to all! The Columbia community is proud of you!

Written by Kyle Kolb

April 8th, 2011 at 2:49 pm

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Congrats to the new NALSA Board!

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We are excited to announce the 2011-2012 NALSA board:

President: Jenny Patten
Vice President.: Allison Neswood
Treasurer: Rachel Tishler
Secretary: Amy Connors
Recruit: Precious Benally
Alumni: Andrea Mcchristian
Fundraising: Jason Hipp
Communications: Caitlin Giaimo
Legal Outreach: Alex Blaszczuk
Social events: Leon Kenworthy

Written by Kyle Kolb

March 31st, 2011 at 12:57 pm

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First Columbia PowWow coming up!

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Columbia University’s Native American Council is hosting its First Annual Pow Wow!  NALSA is hoping for a great event, and are doing our part to contribute and attend.  See you there!

Written by Kyle Kolb

March 24th, 2011 at 3:00 pm

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NALSA members do pro bono in WI during spring break

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A number of Columbia NALSA members are headed to Wisconsin for a Spring Break Caravan helping Judicare with their work on local reservations, doing work in wills and criminal law.  See all the info here!

Written by Kyle Kolb

March 11th, 2011 at 2:15 pm

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Congrats to CLS NALSA Moot team!

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Congratulations to the Columbia 2010-2011 NALSA Moot Court team for their success this past weekend at the National Moot Court Competition!

Out of 66 teams, two Columbia teams advanced to the Top 16 elimination rounds – Caitlin Giaimo & Andrea McChristian, and Jenny Patten & Jason Hipp.  Overall, Jenny Patten & Jason Hipp were Third Place overall, making it to the semifinals.  Libby Moulton & Inbar Gal received the Third Place Best Brief award.  Amy Conners received the Best Oralist award.

This year’s team consisted of Jenny Patten & Jason Hipp, Libby Moulton & Inbar Gal, Joshua Lewey & Alexandra Blaszczuk, Andrea McChristian & Caitlin Giaimo, Sean Berens & Rachel Tishler, Jennifer Guadette & Amy Conners, Allison Neswood & Jenny Zhang, Precious Benally & Leon Kenworthy, and Kyla Jackson & Chris Street.  This year’s coaches were Frank Holleman, Alex Hogan, Kyle Kolb, Caitlin Smith, and Courtney Smith.

The full results can be seen here: http://mootcourt.nationalnalsa.org/compete/results.

Written by Kyle Kolb

February 28th, 2011 at 12:08 am

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Counting Down to the Moot Court!

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162 competitors and coaches, 107 judges, 81 oral arguments rounds, 49 bailiff volunteers.  With all of that, Columbia NALSA is ready to host the National NALSA Moot Court Competition.  Beginning with early registration this Thursday at 6pm, and ending with the Final Round at 4pm and Awards Banquet at 7pm on Saturday, we are proud to host and are anxiously awaiting everyone’s arrival.

Check mootcourt.nationalnalsa.org for the most up-to-date information about the Competition, including the updated schedule.  Oral argument schedules with team round assignments will be distributed at registration.  See you there!

Written by Kyle Kolb

February 22nd, 2011 at 11:10 pm

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Press Release about Moot Court Competition

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Please see the press release just sent out by Columbia Law School about the National NALSA Moot Court Competition that Columbia Law School’s chapter of NALSA is hosting this month.  Columbia NALSA is still looking for judges, so please volunteer if you are available.

More information about the Competition and how to volunteer to be an oral argument judge can be found on the Competition website.

Written by Kyle Kolb

February 1st, 2011 at 2:57 pm

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Give Legal Help on Reservations during Spring Break Caravan

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Sign up for the Spring Break Caravan to a few different reservations in Wisconsin.  Participants will be helping with wills and trusts most days and will have the opportunity to do some criminal defense on one of the days.  You will also get the chance to stay with and have dinners with the tribes you work with.

Before you go you’ll get a crash course in Indian law, probate law, and wills and trusts.

Check your emails for the applications from SJI.

Written by Kyle Kolb

January 26th, 2011 at 10:57 am

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