Congratulations to 2016 NALSA Moot Court Team!

Congratulations to all of the competitors at the 2016 National NALSA Moot Court Competition hosted by the Michigan State University College of Law!

This past weekend Columbia’s NALSA sent nine teams to the competition:

Thomas Enering ’18 & Ray Martin ’18

Rebecca Nocharli ’18 & Komal Patel ’18

Dale Williams ’18 & Laura Pond ’18

Hannah Lutz ’18 & John Christian ’18

Maia Hutt ’18 & Grant Johnson ’18

Samuel Nadler ’18 & Alena Perszyk ’18

Max Schechter ’18 & Theodore Witt ’18

Jacob Grubman ’16 & Nelson Hua ’16

Cady Nicol ’16 & Simon Wechsler ’16

The team was incredibly successful this year. Rebecca Nocharli ’18 & Komal Patel ’18, Jacob Grumman ’16 & Nelson Hua ’16, Cady Nicol ’16 & Simon Wechsler ’16, and Samuel Nadler ’18 & Alena Perszyk ’18 all advanced to the elimination round of sixteen.

Rebecca Nocharli ’18 & Komal Patel ’18 advanced further into the top eight at the competition.

Cady Nicol ’16 took home one of the competitions top prizes as best spoken advocate beating out 103 other competitors.

The team was coached by Rori Collins ’17, Dhrumit Joshi ’17, Morgan Saunders ’17, Todd Densen ’17, and Saagar Kaul ’17. The team would also like to give a special thanks to their faculty advisor Christine Swanick, Professor Steven McSloy, Professor Shawn Watts, and all of the guest judges who helped make this possible.

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

NALSA Lunch Event – Native Americans and Voting: The Discrimination Continues

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, NALSA, the ACLU, and the American Constitution Society present: Native Americans and Voting: The Discrimination Continues.

Dale Ho, Director of the ACLU Voting Rights Project joins NALSA to speak about current issues facing Native American Voters, recent efforts to combat discrimination, and exciting litigation that will take place in the lead up to the 2016 Presidential Election.

Screening “Across the Creek”

Columbia NALSA screens “Across the Creek”

“Across the Creek explores both the unbridled dreams and the painful reality of Lakota people from South Dakota.” This is a great way to learn about a community that NALSA travels to and works with every other year. It is also a community that has been deeply affected by the federal court system and Indian Child Welfare Act Policy.


It’s still here. What was 200 to 300 years ago is still here. The language … the spirituality … is still here. The songs are still here. All we have to do is go back … and take it.

— Albert White Hat (Sicangu Lakota)

NNALSA Moot Court and Spring Break Caravans

This weekend (March 6-7), Columbia’s Paul Weiss NALSA Moot Court Program will join a field of over 70 teams at this year’s moot court competition, hosted by the James E. Rogers Law School at the University of Arizona. This year’s problem deals with the boundaries of tribal adjudicatory and regulatory jurisdiction over individuals who are not quite members of the tribe and land that may not quite be tribal. We are very excited about the competition and proud of the hard work that our teams have undertaken in a busy 1L Spring semester.

Additionally, this spring break, NALSA is organizing and participating in three separate spring break caravans:

Anishinabe Legal Services – Cass Lake, MN: Students will work with ALS attorneys to provide direct services to clients with regard to their civil legal needs, with a strong emphasis on assisting victims of domestic violence.

Wisconsin Judicare – WI: Judicare staff and students from Columbia Law School will provide pro bono assistance in drafting wills and other estate-planning documents in various tribal communities around the state.

DNA People’s Legal Services – Monument Valley, AZ: Students will engage in work with low-income communities in the area, including direct services, legal training for community members, and issue-specific clinics for low-income families.

We would like to thank alumni and firm contributors for making programs such as our Moot Court and Spring Break Caravans possible. If you are interested in contributing to such programs now and in the future, please contact us at

Photo provided by Shannon Cleary.

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.

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.

Photo provided by Shannon Cleary.

Columbia's Native American Law Student Association