Native American Law Center
News and Events
- Congratulations to Professor Ron Whitener on his appointment to the Indian Law
and Order Commission's Tribal Advisory Committee
- Professor Robert Anderson was named to the
National Commission on Indian Trust Administration and Reform by Secretary
of the Interior Ken Salazar. Chairing the committee is Quinault Nation President
and UW Law Alumna Fawn Sharp '95.
- In December, NALC won a dismissal on a complex tribal case, working with National Advocates for Pregnant Women. We are excited to continue developing interdisciplinary partnerships with advocacy organizations.
- Professor Robert Anderson is teaching American Indian Law at Harvard during winter quarter. Prof. Anderson holds a five year appointment at Harvard as the Oneida Indian Nation Visiting Professor of Law.
Professor Robert Anderson is speaking on “State Criminal Jurisdiction in Northwest
Indian Casinos” at the 9th Annual NW Gaming Law conference Dec 1 in Seattle.
Professor Whitener on
Pursuing Equal Justice for All Native Americans.
Whitener was honored by the White House as a “Champion
of Change.” The award features lawyers “who dedicate their professional
lives to closing the justice gap in America” and is given to a small group of people
who are “Winning the Future.” This honor was presented to Whitener at the White
House on October 13, 2011.
- Professor Molly Cohan offered “Lessons for Success: Education, Career, Family,
and Community” at the Young Native Women’s Leadership Academy on September 27,
2010 at the Tulalip Casino.
- Professor Robert Anderson was appointed to the Joint Executive-Legislative
Workgroup on Tribal Retrocession He was jointly appointed by Governor Gregoire,
Senate Majority Leader Brown and Speaker of the House Chopp.
- Professors Robert Anderson, Ron Whitener, and Molly Cohan testified before the
Indian Law and Order Commission on issues of Retrocession and Public Defense in
Indian Country in September. The Indian Law and Order Commission will be
reporting to the White House and Capitol Hill next year with specific
suggestions to improve safety and justice in Indian Country.
- Professor Ron Whitener is quoted on tribal same sex marriage rights in the
Wall Street Journal Law Blog
Our Founder's Vision and Legacy
Native American Law Center was founded by the School of Law to carry on and expand
the work of Professor Ralph W. Johnson. For forty-four years, Professor Johnson
taught at the UW Law School and provided direct assistance to the tribes in Washington
State and across the nation.
Professor Johnson's scholarly work in the field of Indian Law is nationally
known, his writings have been cited more than 300 times by the United States Supreme
Court as well as by lower federal and state court judges. Professor Johnson created
this Native American Law Center to carry on his life's work.