Columbia NALSA Hosts Indigenous Peoples’ Day Screening of “PAYA”

In honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, on Monday, October 10, Columbia Law School’s NALSA chapter hosted a screening of “PAYA: The Water Story of the Paiute.” PAYA documents the history of Paiute Native Americans who constructed and managed 60-miles of intricate irrigation systems in Owens Valley for millennia long before Los Angeles secured its largest source of water through modern engineering a century ago. After the Indian War of 1863, surviving Paiute returned to the Valley from the Eastern Sierra and White Mountains to find their ancient waterworks taken over by white settlers. Today, 150-years later, the Paiute continue the fight to save their waterworks, which are remnant in the Owens Valley landscape. PAYA (“water” in Paiute) stands to recover Paiute water culture and history through the powerful medium of documentary film. For more information on the film, please go to

Columbia Law NALSA President Dale Williams and Treasurer Hannah Lutz introduce the film.

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.