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American Indians and Civil Rights presentation with Judge Leo Brisbois, '87 and Professor Ann Tweedy

Date: March 23, 2012
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Cost: N/A
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Location: School of Law, Room 101
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A Brief History of Civil Rights in the Courts 

Federal Magistrate Judge Leo Brisbois will briefly outline some significant historical moments in the law which have affected civil rights for American Indians.

Judge Brisbois is a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe Indians, and was raised in Hibbing, Minnesota. He received his B.A. and J.D. degrees from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. Before his appointment as Magistrate Judge, he was a partner with the Minneapolis law firm of Stich, Angell, Kreidler, Dodge & Unke, PA, and served in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He has been president of the Minnesota State Bar Association, and active in the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association, the 1st, 4th and Iron Range District Bar Associations, and the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association. Judge Brisbois is the first American Indian to serve as a United States Magistrate Judge in Minnesota and only the second American Indian to ever hold the position in the United States.

Cultural and Legal Influences on Civil Rights Developments 

Professor Ann Tweedy will discuss the impact of the sovereignty doctrine, tribes' status under the constitution, and how majority fears about Indian peoples and tribes' special status have influenced the development of civil rights for American Indians, particularly relating to the Second Amendment and Indian people’s right to bear arms.

Professor Ann Tweedy came to Hamline from Michigan State University Law School. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she clerked for the ACLU, California Indian Legal Services, and the Contra Costa Public Defender. After law school, she clerked for Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Ronald Gould and Oregon Court of Appeals Judge Rex Armstrong. She also practiced law with Kanji and Katzen in Seattle, WA, and served as tribal attorney for Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, near La Conner, WA , for four years. She publishes and teaches in Federal Indian Law, Sexual Orientation Law and Property.

Approved for one standard CLE credit.

Register online now: American Indians and Civil Rights CLE Registration Form 

Attend this CLE in-person or online via webcast.

Contact Anne Markus at 651-523-2943 with questions.