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Spokane County Bar Association Indian Law Conference



Gonzaga University School of Law, Gonzaga Native American Law Students Association

Hosts: Spokane County Bar Association Indian Law Section, 


Barbieri Court Room, Gonzaga University School of Law 

Spokane, Washington, Friday, March 4, 2016


8:30 - 8:45 am Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:45 - 9:00 am Opening Prayer - Francis Cullooyah, Director, Cultural Program, Kalispel Tribe

 Welcome – Dan Rey-Bear, Chairperson, SCBA Indian Law Section; Nordhaus Law Firm, LLP

9:00 - 10:30 am Indian Country Criminal Law Issues

Rudy Verschoor, Assistant U.S. Attorney & Tribal Liaison, Eastern District of Washington

M. Brent Leonhard, Tribal Attorney, Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation

Brendan Johnson, Robins Kaplan, LLP; former U.S. Attorney, District of South Dakota

10:30 - 10:45 am Morning Break sponsored by Kalispel Tribe

10:45 am - 12:15 pm ICWA Guidelines, Regulations, and Litigation

Khia Grinnell, Tribal Prosecutor, Tulalip Tribes

Jack Trope, Senior Director, Indian Child Welfare Programs, Casey Family Programs

Yolanda (Lana) Page, Staff Attorney, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

12:15 - 1:00 pm Lunch sponsored by Gonzaga University School of Law and Tribal In-House Counsel Association

Herak Room in McCarthey Athletic Center

1:00 - 1:30 pm Keynote Address: Reflections on Both Sides of the Tribal Counsel Attorney-Client Relationship – Fawn Sharp, President, Quinault Indian Nation and Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians; former managing attorney, Quinault Indian Nation; former Governor, Washington State Bar Association

1:45 - 3:15 pm Current Washington Tax Preemption Litigation

Tulalip Tribes v. Smith – Sarah Roubidoux Lawson, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

In re Cougar Den – Craig Dorsay, Dorsay & Easton, LLP

King Mtn. Tobacco v. McKenna – Dolph Barnhouse, Johnson, Barnhouse & Keegan, LLP

3:15 - 3:30 pm Afternoon Break sponsored by Kootenai Tribe of Idaho

3:30 - 5:00 pm Tribal In-House Counsel Ethics

Lorraine Parlange, Tribal Attorney, Kalispel Tribe

Doreen Hobson McPaul, Special Counsel to Chairman, Tohono O’odham Nation

Peter Ortego, General Counsel, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe

5:00 pm Adjourn; SCBA Indian Law Section meeting; social sponsored by Northwest Indian Bar Association

Washington State Bar Association CLE approval pending for 6.5 credits, including 1.5 ethics credits