About PLSI

Pre-Law Summer Institute for American Indians and Alaska Natives

Conference Materials
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 (available on 10/1)

 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Plenary Session: Federal Update – Untangling the News from the Nonsense

Gregory A. Smith, Partner, Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker, LLP

10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Session 1Federal Budget Process – How It Works, Why It Matters and How Tribal Nations Fare

Gregory A. Smith, Partner, Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker, LLP

Session 2: Reaffirming Tribal Sovereignty in the Spirit of Educational Excellence, Empowerment, and Healthy Children, Families, and Communities

UNM Native American Budget and Policy Institute

Cheryl Demmert Fairbanks, Esq., Interim Executive Director, Christy Chapman, Staff Attorney, and Jasmine Yepa, Policy Analyst, UNM Native American Budget and Policy Institute

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch

Plenary Session: U.S. Census 2020: How to Avoid an Undercount of Native Americans and Alaska Natives

                 American Indian and Alaska Native Population: 2020 Census and Beyond

Amber Carrillo, New Mexico Tribes Count Liaison, U.S. Census Bureau, Laurie Weahkee, Executive Director, Native American Voters Alliance Education Project, and Timothy Harjo, Director, Small Business Development Center, CNM Community College

1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Session 1: Congressional Advocacy – Effective Lobbying

Milton Bluehouse, Jr.,  Deputy Chief of Staff, Office of the President and Vice President of the Navajo Nation

Session 2: Federal Indian Law: The Basics

                   Federal Indian Law: Outline

Jeanette Wolfley, Professor of Law, UNM School of Law

3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Session 1: New Mexico Tribal Cigarette Tax: A Case Study

Carolyn Abeita, Partner, VanAmberg, Rogers, Yepa, Abeita & Gomez, LLP

Session 2: Strengthening Tribal Justice Systems by Empowering Native Attorneys: the Benefits of Judicial Clerkships

Rodina Cave Parnall, Pre-Law Summer Institute Director (PLSI), AILC, Racheal White Hawk, PLSI Judicial Clerkship Program Committee Co-Chair, Attorney at Procopio Law Firm and Nikki Borchardt Campbell, Executive Director, National American Indian Court Judges Association


Conference Materials
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 (available on 10/1)

  9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Plenary Session: Native American Voting Initiatives

                              2018 GE NM Native American Pct Turn-Out

                              2017 NAVTF Original Members Group Picture

Moderator:  Martin W. Aguilar, Liaison, Native American Election Information Program, NM Secretary of State’s Office

Panelists:  Arden Kucate, Chairman, Laurie Weahkee and Amanda Tolino, Members, Native American Voting Task Force, NM Secretary of State’s Office and Peter Madalena, Native American Voting Rights Coordinator, Sandoval County

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Session 1: Update by the NM Indian Affairs Department on State-Tribal Affairs in           New Mexico

Lynn A. Trujillo, Cabinet Secretary, and Stephanie Salazar, Senior Policy Analyst, New Mexico Indian Affairs Department

Session 2: Indian Case Law Update

Sherri N. Thomas, Professor of Law Librarianship,
UNM School of Law

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch

Keynote: Tribes, Tribal Courts, and Tribal Sovereignty: New Opportunities and Old Challenges

Frank Pommersheim, Emeritus Professor of Law, University of South Dakota School of Law

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions

Session 1: Environmental Justice in Indian Country

Clifford Villa, Associate Professor of Law, UNM School of Law

            Barriers to Climate Adaptation: Supporting Tribal

Maurice P. Cruz, NM Tribal Liaison,
South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center

Session 2: Tribal Court Clerk Training: Fundamental Court Processes 

                    Duties of the Tribal Court Clerk –  Appeals Records

Helen B. Padilla, Esq., Director, and Melanie P. Fritzsche, Assistant Director & Staff Attorney, AILC



Attendees must make their own hotel arrangements
Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel

54 Jemez Canyon Rd., Santa Ana Pueblo, NM 87004 | Tel: (505) 867-0000

 Conference Block Room Rate is $94.00 per night**

Deadline for block room rate is September 23, 2019

Reservations: (505) 867-0000 ~ Reference: “AILC 1177 for conference block room rate.

No-Shows and early departures will be charged one night’s room rate and tax.  Individual cancellations must be made 72 hours prior to the arrival date, to avoid no-show charges.  Rates cannot be changed at check-in or check-out for guests who fail to identify their affiliation “AILC 1177” at the time the reservation is made.  All reservations must be guaranteed by a valid credit card.

**Lodging and travel reimbursements are available for Tribal Court Judges and Tribal Court Staff (i.e., court administrators, court clerks) located within NM, AZ, southern Colorado and west Texas.