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Contemporary Issues in Indian Law Conference

Stanford Law School Ÿ February 7, 2014



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Thursday, February 6, 2014     Stanford Law School, Room 185

7:30 PM – 6:30 PM     Crash Course on Indian Law with Karen Biestman

This session will provide students with an overview and background to Indian law that will be useful for the following day’s program.  All students welcome!    

· Karen Biestman, Associate Dean & Director of the Stanford Native American Cultural Center, and Stanford Law School Lecturer in Law

Friday, February 7, 2014     Stanford Law School, Room 290

8:30 AM – 9: 15 AM     Check-in and Continental Breakfast

9:15 AM – 10:45 AM    Modern Indian Law in the Context of Recent Supreme Court Cases

· Bethany Berger, Professor of Real Property Law at UConn School of Law

· Matthew Fletcher, Professor of Law & Director of the Indigenous Law & Policy Center at Michigan State University College of Law

· Kristen Carpenter, Associate Professor of Law & Co-Director, American Indian Law Program at the University of Colorado Law School

· Moderator: Deborah Sivas, Luke W. Cole Professor of Environmental Law and Director of the Environmental Law Clinic at Stanford Law School

· Co-sponsored by the American Constitution Society

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM     Tribal Jurisdictional Issues and VAWA

· Carole Goldberg, Distinguished Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law

· Wenona Singel, Associate Professor of Law & Associate Director of the Indigenous Law & Policy Center at Michigan State University College of Law

· Wilson Pipestem, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Ietan Consulting

· Moderator: Maggie McKinley, Post-Doctoral Democracy Fellow at the Ash Center, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

· Co-sponsored by Law Students for Reproductive Justice and Women of Stanford Law

12:45 PM – 2:00 PM     Lunch and Keynote Address with Angela Riley

· Introduction: Karen Biestman, Associate Dean & Director of the Stanford Native American Cultural Center

·      Angela Riley, Professor of Law, Director of UCLA American Indian Studies Center, Director of MA/JD Joint Degree Program in Law and American Indian

2:15 PM – 3:45 PM     Gaming and Tribal Compacting

· Kathryn Rand, Dean & Professor of Law, Co-Director Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law and Policy at University of North Dakota School of Law

· Dr. Steven Light, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Dakota College of Business and Public Administration

· Wilson Pipestem, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Ietan Consulting

· Sanford Kingsley, Partner, Native American Law and Policy Practice Group at Dentons LLP

· Moderator: John Maier, Partner at Maier Pfeffer Kim Geary & Cohen LLP

· Co-sponsored by Stanford Law and Business Association

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM     Resources on Reservations

· Robert Anderson, Director of the Native American Law Center and Professor of Law at University of Washington School of Law

· Seth Davis, Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School

· Buzz Thompson, Professor of Natural Resources Law, Director of the Woods Institute for the Environment, and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University

· Co-sponsored by Stanford Law School Environmental Law Society

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM     Networking Reception

· Sponsored by Sidley Austin LLP

Registration Details


Free for all students
$10 for community members
$25 for attorneys

An application requesting MCLE credit for this activity is pending for approval by the State Bar of California.

If cost is a barrier to attending, please let us know. 


The conference will take place at Stanford Law School:

559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305

Pay parking is available in Parking Structure 6, located at Campus Drive East and Wilbur Drive.

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Additional Information

If you have any additional questions, are interested in volunteering, or would like to purchase advertising space in the Conference program, please contact Nikki Marquez at

Conference Co-Sponsors

Stanford Native American Graduate Students
Asian Pacific Islander Law Students Association
Black Law Students Association
Stanford American Indian Organization
Stanford Critical Law Society
Stanford Human Rights Center
Stanford International Human Rights Law Association
Stanford Latino Law Students Association
Stanford Law and Policy Program
Stanford Native American Studies Department
Stanford Native American Cultural Center
Stanford Graduate Council

Firm Sponsors

Gibson Dunn LLP
Sidley Austin LLP

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The conference will take place at Stanford Law School (SLS) which is located near the center of the Stanford University campus. Campus and area maps are available on the SLS website.  The map above identifies the recommended parking location and walking directions from the underground parking structure to the Law School.  
For general travel advice and directions to the law school, please see below.
By Air

San Jose Airport (SJC) and San Francisco Airport (SFO) are both close to Stanford. A cab ride from either airport is approximately $60. The shuttle service for SFO is Super Shuttle, (415) 558-8500, and costs approximately $30-35 from the airport to Palo Alto. The shuttle service from SJC is Santa Clara County Airporter, (800) 771-7794, and costs approximately $30-35 from the airport to Palo Alto. Other shuttle services and ground transportation options are available on the airport websites, including information about public transportation to and from the airports.

By Car

Driving to the law school can be somewhat confusing depending on your familiarity with Palo Alto; however, the SLS website provides detailed driving directions. These directions will lead you to the public parking lot that is closest to the law school and will describe the easiest way to walk from the parking lot to SLS. Visitor parking information is available at the university's parking & transportation website.

We recommend that conference attendees park in Parking Structure 6, which is located below Wilbur Field (off Wilbur Ln between Campus Dr & Bowdoin St), and pay at the machine in lot. Parking is free after 4 pm.

By Public Transit

BART - Many people from the East Bay depend on BART for transportation. However, BART does not extend to Palo Alto. From the East Bay, a person could take BART to Millbrae and then switch to the Caltrain system.

Caltrain - Caltrain is a commuter rail system which connects San Francisco and San Jose and passes through Palo Alto. The station closest to Stanford is Palo Alto's University Avenue stop. From there, the law school is a thirty minute walk or a Marguerite ride away.

Marguerite - The Marguerite free shuttle service, line B, stops at the University Avenue train station and swings by the Law School (Campus Drive and Alvarado Row). There is also a bus system in Palo Alto. The bus stop closest to Stanford University is at the Stanford Shopping Center. From the Stanford Shopping Center, you can take the Marguerite shuttle service, line A, and then switch to line B, which swings by the Law School (Campus Drive and Alvarado Row).