#JIT2019 Recruitment at FedBar 2018

Thursday, April 26, 2018

On April 5th and 6th, Indigenous Governance Program (IGP) staff attended the Federal Bar Association 43rd Annual Indian Law Conference (FedBar) at the in Scottsdale, AZ. Our staff met and spoke with some of the best and brightest legal practitioners, students, elected tribal leaders and tribal citizens in Indian Country. Our annual outreach at FedBar provides us tremendous opportunities to explore how conference presenters and attendees can join our growing network of “January in Tucson” (JIT) participants.

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Dr. Torivio Fodder and Verónica Hirsch
FedBar 2018
A seminar at the conference

At our recruitment table, and in one-on-one conversations, IGP staff emphasized how participation in JIT 2019 can help support legal innovation that strengthens tribal sovereignty. Dr. Torivio Fodder had a chance to interact with staff from a wide variety of organizations, including the Oklahoma Indian Legal Services, Inc. and the Taos Pueblo Tribal Court. Meanwhile, NNI Graphic Designer Amy Jorgensen was able to facilitate the National Judicial College’s “Book of the Month” initiative by promoting the book, Savage Anxieties: The Invention of Western Civilization, by JIT faculty and U of A Regents’ Professor Robert A. Williams, Jr. NNI Digital Resources Coordinator Verónica Hirsch used the FedBar event as an opportunity to learn from the leadership experiences of councilwomen from the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation (MHA) and the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT). We encourage these and all tribal leaders to apply for our 2019 Tribal Professionals Cohort program.

We hope our numerous FedBar conversations with federal Indian lawyers, tribal leaders, and citizens plant the seeds for future organizational and tribal partnerships as we work together in strengthening Indigenous governance.