2015 President's Report

Dear TICA Members,

Greetings from the TICA Board.  As a report to the membership, we are proud to share a review of TICA’s accomplishments in 2015 as well as things to look forward to in 2016.

As a Board we spent the early part of the year revising our Bylaws so we could operate more effectively.  We also said goodbye to two Board members and have welcomed four new Board members.  We continue to work on updating the website (www.tribalinhousecounsel.com), but the best way for TICA members to stay updated and connected is through the TICA member list-serve.  It’s a vital resource for TICA members to communicate and share information.  

In 2015, TICA hosted a table and raffle at the FBA’s 40th Annual Indian Law Conference at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.  TICA provided water bottles and highlighters featuring the TICA logo.   TICA also held its third annual reception on the balcony of the Orange Sky restaurant.  Our reception was sponsored by the Kilpatrick firm and was one of the highlights of Fed Bar.  We had such a great turnout that some folks weren’t able to get in until other folks left.  We had wonderful feedback on the event and look forward to repeating it again this year, with some tweaks so there’s hopefully not a problem for TICA members to get into the reception.  Fed Bar is always a great networking event and TICA was able to increase our membership and connect with sponsors.  Please save the date for this year’s TICA reception during Fed Bar on April 7, 2016 at 6-8 pm at the Orange Sky restaurant in the Talking Stick Resort.  The reception will be hosted by Kilpatrick Townsend and we hope to see you there.  An invitation to which you can RSVP will follow shortly.

 Immediately following Fed Bar 2015, TICA also sponsored a hole at the Native American Bar Association of Arizona’s golf tournament.  TICA also co-sponsored an attorney meet and greet gathering at the NICWA annual conference in Portland, Oregon in April 2015. 

TICA co-hosted our second webinar in September 2015 with Robins Kaplan LLP.  The webinar covered Cannabis and Indian Country issues.  For 2016, TICA has partnered with the Arizona State Bar to co-sponsor the Lunch in Indian Country CLE series consisting of ten (10) Indian Law specific CLEs throughout the year.  TICA members get a discount to these sessions and TICA also receives a portion of the registration fees, as well as copies of the sessions for a CLE-library that we hope to have operational and available toTICA members in 2016.  The next two sessions are Feb 24, 2016 on ICWA Challenges and the New Guidelines and March 30, 2016on The Epidemic of Disenrollment.   Information about these sessions, the TICA discount, and registration links were sent out to the list serve, but are attached here as well. 

Also coming up in the next couple of weeks, TICA is co-sponsoring the Spokane County Bar Association 7th Annual Indian Law Conference at Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington on March 4, 2016.  There is a webcast option to participate.  The agenda and registration information is attached.        

TICA’s greatest accomplishment in 2015 was co-hosting the 12th Annual Indigenous Law Conference with MSU College of Law’s Indigenous Law & Policy Center on November 5-6, 2015 in East Lansing, Michigan.  The conference was titled “Aandaakonige:  From the Trilogy to TICA” and the agenda was dedicated to issues affecting tribal in-house attorneys.   The featured keynote was delivered by Venus Prince, a founding Board member and the first President of TICA.  The conference was a huge success and had incredible feedback. Conference sponsors included the Choctaw Nation, Whitten Burrage, Hogen Adams, the Rothstein Law Firm, and Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry LLP. 

TICA is especially grateful to MSU College of Law’s ILPC for reaching out to TICA to partner on what was already a wonderful conference that they hosted each year.   They are wonderful hosts and partners.  We look forward to having another successful conference on November 3-4, 2016, so save the date!  A call for papers was announced on Turtle Talk in December 2015 and shared on the TICA list-serve.  Currently, our Conference Committee is reviewing the proposals with MSU for this year’s exciting agenda.   More information to follow shortly.  

PLEASE continue to support TICA by renewing your membership for 2016 if you haven’t already done so.  Renewal forms are attached, as well as new membership forms.  Please note that if you registered for our 2015 fall conference, your registration included TICA membership for 2016!  You can also help TICA to grow by encouraging other in-house attorneys and counsel you work with to become members.  And by encouraging the firms you work with and the tribes you serve to sponsor TICA!  General sponsorship forms as well as conference sponsor forms are also attached. 

On behalf of the Board, we look forward to continue to network with you all and to serve the unique needs of tribal in-house attorneys.  Please let us know if there’s anything else we can do to serve the membership and make TICA great.

Doreen N. McPaul

TICA President