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Native American Law Student Association (NALSA)

The Native American Law Student Association provides support for Indian as well as non-Indian students who are interested in pursuing a career in Indian law. NALSA also works with other law student organizations on campus to address issues important to minority students and to educate the larger community through speaker panels and other activities.

NNALSA Moot Court

The National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Competition is an annual appellate advocacy competition sponsored by the National Native American Law Students Association. The competition topic presents issues on Federal Indian law and tribal governance. Each year, the competition attracts local NALSA teams from around the country to compete, network, and develop lasting friendships with other individuals who wish to practice Indian law. The competition is hosted by a law school each year during the first week of March. In 2001, the local chapter hosted the 9th Annual National NALSA Moot Court Competition at the law school.

As we begin the 2018-19 academic year we are excited to announce our new NALSA Moot Court coaches.

Mary Bodine

Ms. Bodine is an Attorney Adviser for Bonneville Power Administration’s power section (LP).  She has worked with Bonneville since 2010 in various capacities. In 2013, Ms. Bodine received her Juris Doctor from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon. She also received an Environmental Certificate with an emphasis in Federal Indian Law.  Ms. Bodine was selected as the recipient of the Hatfield Fellowship where she worked in the United States House of Representatives for Congressman DeFazio. While in Law School, Ms. Bodine clerked for the White House Council on Environmental Quality.

In addition to her work with Bonneville, Ms. Bodine serves as adjunct faculty at the Northwestern School of Law where she has taught the Native American Law Student Association Moot Court class and Federal Indian Law seminar class. Ms. Bodine also is a co-director of a Native American dance company called Northstar, a performing arts group devoted to sharing Native American music, culture, and dance, with the general public.  Ms. Bodine is an enrolled citizen of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.

Jessie Young

Jessie Young is a 2013 graduate from Lewis and Clark Law School. During her time at Lewis and Clark she was the NALSA President.  Under her leadership Lewis and Clark hosted the 2013 NNALSA Moot Court Competition. After graduation, she worked for Hobbs, Straus, Dean and Walker, LLC, in Portland, where she represented tribes and tribal organizations on a wide variety of issues impacting Indian Country. She is a co-author of the book entitled “American Indian Identity: Citizenship, Membership, and Blood”. She is currently an Attorney-Advisor for the Department of the Interior, Office of the Regional Solicitor in Portland. She focuses on Indian law, Indian treaty rights, public lands, and federal contracting. She is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians.

Indian Law Writing Competitions

Students looking to publish their legal research and persuasive papers, as well as earn financial reward, should consider submitting their work to one of the Indian Law writing competitions.