Continuing Legal Education

Indian Law Certificate program

June 25-27, 2014 | 13.75 CLE Credits

Tribal Governmental Business Law is the focus for the 2014 Summer Practice Academy's Indian Law Certificate Program. The five-session program will be spread over two and a half days from June 25 through June 27, 2014.


Session I:  June 25th, 2014 8:50 a.m. to noon

Labor and Employment Law: Strategies for Preventing and Handling Problems in the Workplace

The National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the equal employment laws administered by the the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)----This session will provide participants with strategiies and suggestions for preventing problems under these federal laws and resolving issues when they do arise.
Speakers: Michael Droke, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Seattle, WA & Aaron Goldstein, Associate, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Seattle, WA

Session II:  June 25th, 2014 1:20 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Supreme Court's Barriers to Land Acquisition

In 2009 and 2011 the Supreme Court issued opinions in Carcieri v. Salazar and Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians v. Patchak which have created significant uncertainty and imposed barriers to tribal efforts to place land in trust for economic development purposes.  This year the Court's decision in Michigan v. Bay Mills is widely anticipated to result in further diminishment of tribal sovereign immunity.  This session will explore the Court's direction in Indian Law and assess the implications for tribes in the years ahead.
Speakers: Bruce R. Greene, Bruce R. Green & Associates LLC, Boulder, CO & Richard Collins, Professor, University of Colorado School of Law

Session III:  June 26th, 2014 8:50 a.m. to noon

New Directions and Opportunities in Energy Development

This session will cover the legal framework for the development of energy Resources by Indian tribes, including business structures, financing considerations, deal points and long-term goals of the tribes along with specific case studies.

Part A: The Legal Framework in Agreements for the Development of Tribal Energy Resources
Speaker: Michael O'Connell, Stoel Rives, Seattle, WA

Part B: A Case Study in the Kerr Hyfroelectric Project and the Pelton Round Buttes Hydro Project
Speakers: Joe Hovenkotter, General counsel, Energy Keepers, Inc., Polson, MT & Howard Arnett, Karnopp Petersen LLP, Bend, OR

Session IV:  June 26th, 2014 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Internet Gaming: Peril and Promise in Cyberspace

Indian gaming today is a $27 billion dollar a year industry.  Indian gaming facilities are operated by 237 tribes in 28 states and employ over 600,000 people.  In recent years there has been a surge of interest in internet gaming around the world.  Gambling on the Internet is now legal in over 80 countries and generates over $30 billion a year in revenues, including about $6 billion in the United States.  The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act requires all tribal gaming to take place on Indian lands, which is generally understood to mean that tribes have little or no access to Internet gaming.  It seems clear that the investment tribes have made in gaming facilities could be at risk if the gaming market moves toward Internet based gaming.  This fourth session will focus on the history of Internet gaming, that laws that are involved, proposals to change federal law and the technology, intellectual property, security and business issues that arise in Internet gaming.

Part A:  Overview of the History and Legal Framework for Internet Gaming on Indian Lands
Speaker: Lael Echohawk, Garvey Schubert Barer, Seattle, WA

Part B:  Developments in States, Federal Legislative Proposals and the Emerging Technology
Speakers: Lael Echohawk, Garvey Schubert Barer, Seattle, WA, Ehren Richardson, Internet Gaming and Marketing Consultant, Joseph Eve CPA Firm and Scott Warner, Partner, Garvey Schubert Barer, Seattle, WA

Session V:  June 27th, 2014 8:50 a.m. to noon

Trends and Developments in Taxation

Taxation affecting tribal economic development activity and the revenues derived from that activity is an area of the law that is constantly evolving.  Many states continue to assert the authority to impose their taxes in a manner that burdens tribes and tribal enterprises.  The Internal Revenue Service has sought in recent years to provide more guidance to tribes in areas of uncertainty, while also increasing its enforcement activities in Indian Country.  This final session will review the full range of activity that is occurring in the area of Tribal, State and Federal taxation and the implication of recent administrative, legislative and case law developments for the tribes and their business entities.
Speakers: Mary Streitz, Partner Tax Group, C0-Chair Indian and Gaming Law Practice Group, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Minneapolis, MN and Skip Durocher, Partner Regulatory Affairs and Trial Groups, Co-Chair Indian and Gaming Law Practice Group, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Minneapolis


The 5-Session Indian Law Certificate Program
General Registration - $750.00 ~ Seattle University School of Law Alumni/Tribal Attorneys - $700.00

Individual Sessions
General Registration - $175.00 ~ Seattle University School of Law Alumni/Tribal Attorneys - $150.00

Individual session registrations are not eligible for tuition discounts. The only discount available is for the 5-Session Indian Law Certificate Program package. For group discounts please contact Mark Sideman: