Indian Law Section
The Indian Law Section provides a forum for practitioners representing clients affected by Indian law. Federal, tribal and state laws, executive and administrative actions, and court decisions produce a complex and rapidly evolving array of law that affects legal services. The Section schedules CLE programs on subjects that provide information to practitioners representing clients affected by Indian law. Section members also receive a newsletter highlighting recent developments in Indian law.
Become a Section Leader: Nomination Application for Section Executive Committee Positions Open Now!
WSBA Sections provide professional development, education and community through CLEs, events, newsletters, list serve forums and active involvement with the state legislature. Each Section is run by a group of volunteers who are elected to serve on the Executive Committee. Many find leading a Section to be a rewarding experience because of the leadership growth, professional development, firsthand experience with the legislative process, and the collegiality it offers. Executive Committee discussions are productive and challenging, offering a unique opportunity to work with other legal professionals (even opposing counsel) in a goal-orientated setting that benefits WSBA members and the greater legal community.
The Indian Law Section is seeking to fill positions on the Section Executive Committee. If interested, please review the below information and log-in to your MyWSBA profile, select My Profile, and finally select ‘Apply for a Section Executive Committee’ to complete the nomination application. A candidate statement and/or résumé may be requested on the application.
Nomination Applications Open: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Nomination Application Deadline: Sunday, April 15, 2018
Current Indian Law Section members may apply to serve on the Section Executive Committee
Open Positions & Terms:
For more information about the Section and its Executive Committee roles, please review the Section’s bylaws.
- Chair-elect: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2018, and ending Sept. 30, 2019
- Secretary/Treasurer: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2018, and ending Sept. 30, 2019
- At-Large Members (three open positions): three-year terms beginning Oct. 1, 2018, and ending Sept. 30, 2021
Alternate Nomination Process:
Per WSBA Bylaws, Sections also have alternate nominations processes, should you miss the deadline to apply online. The alternative nomination process for the Indian Law section is to be determined.
Section Executive Committee elections will begin on or around May 17, 2018, and be conducted electronically.
Questions? Want to Learn More?:
Feel free to contact any member of the current Section Executive Committee or email email@example.com.
Submissions Welcome – Indian Law Section Newsletter
If you are interested in submitting an article or items for "Indian Lawyers in the News" for the spring 2018 edition of the Indian Law Newsletter, please call or email 206.321.2672 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions are due Monday, March 12, 2018.
Indian Legal Scholars Program
Over the past few years, the WSBA Indian Law Section and its sister group, the Northwest Indian Bar Association, have joined together to create the Indian Legal Scholars Program. Together, these entities have raised and contributed over $100,000 in scholarships to aspiring Indian lawyers from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska. In 2004, the American Bar Association recognized the program with its "Solo and Small Firm Project Award."
The program's goal of nourishing future Indian lawyers is of particular importance when considered against statewide and national research findings. Indians are by far the most under-represented ethnic demographic in the legal profession. Indian attorneys comprise a fraction of 1% of Washington state's 29,000 licensed attorneys. Nationally, of the 1 million practicing lawyers in the U.S. and the 4.1 million people who identify themselves as Native American, there are only 1,700 indigenous practitioners (2000 Census).
The scholarship funds come from membership dues and generous charitable grants from the Chehalis, Jamestown S'Klallam, Lummi, Muckleshoot, Port Gamble S'Klallam, Puyallup, Squaxin Island, Suquamish, Swinomish, and Tulalip tribes.
Stipends to Prepare for the Bar Exam
As one of the program's valuable offerings, the WSBA Indian Law Section and the Northwest Indian Bar Association each year match fiscal resources to provide stipends to several Indian students preparing for the summer bar exam. Beginning with the 2010 winter bar exam and for the first time, stipends were awarded to students preparing for the winter bar exam.
Chair: Claire Newman
Chair-Elect: Brie Coyle-Jones
Secretary/Treasurer: Ann Tweedy
Immediate Past Chair: Diana Bob
Newsletter Editor: Anthony Broadman*
Young Lawyer Liaison: Vacant
BOG Liaison: Angela Hayes*
Please contact subcommittee member for details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.
To join the Section list serve and for general Section questions, please send your email address and Bar number to email@example.com. For more information and to get involved with the Section, please contact Section Chair Claire Newman.