On Wednesday, April 20, Columbia Law School’s NALSA chapter hosted Professor Barbara Creel and Professor John LaVelle from the University of New Mexico School of Law. Professors Creel and LaVelle filed briefs as amici curiae in the case of U.S. v. Bryant, heard by the Supreme Court on April 19, 2016. This case involves Native American Rights within the criminal justice system and will determine whether the use of valid uncounseled tribal-court misdemeanor convictions in a domestic violence case violates the Constitution.
The event was co-sponsored by The Domestic Violence Project, American Constitution Society, and the Columbia Law ACLU.
Several NALSA members, along with other CLS students, accompanied Professor Shawn Watts to South Dakota this past weekend to assist in ensuring the free exercise of voting rights at the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Indian reservations. Thanks to Professor Watts for organizing this amazing experience!
Photos provided by Vanessa Racehorse and Morgan Saunders.