April 17, 2009
Conference: Third Annual Indian Law Clinical Conference on Communities of Color, Economic Justice and Poverty Law
From Christine Zuni Cruz:
The Goal of this symposium is to provide a forum where Indian law clinicians, and Indian legal scholars can gather together with community lawyers and poverty lawyers, working with indigenous peoples or other distinct populations, to present and discuss the interconnections of law and poverty for indigenous peoples at the international, National, regional, and Tribal levels – Some questions we have:
From the War on Poverty to Globalization and Affluenza to the crash of ’08-09:
- What does the economic crisis mean for social justice in indigenous communities and communities of color?
- What is the 2009 picture of “poverty” in Indian Communities?
- What does poverty for Indigenous Peoples in the 21st Century look like?
- What are the impacts of economic hard times for different areas of (Indian) law: criminal, family, civil rights, public benefits?
- What can Indian law and other clinics teach to be responsive, and how?
The Symposium is designed to promote solidarity and sharing among Clinics and clinicians working with Native Americans, minority populations, and those working in the areas of poverty law and community lawyering. It is our hope that through sharing we will strengthen existing programs and help emerging programs to succeed; find new solutions to old problems and support creativity in clinics and legal practice.
The Symposium is organized by the University of New Mexico Southwest Indian Law Clinic, Washburn University School of Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law and Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law in cooperation with the University of New Mexico Tribal law Journal.
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