Perspectives on Sovereignty - Native American Law

Section 1, Spring 23
Clement, Holly

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 0/20
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • R
  • 1540-1740
  • WB121
01/26/2023 04/27/2023
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

This course provides students with knowledge regarding the history, development and salient legal issues facing tribal nations in the United States. We examine the legal relationships among Indian nations and the U.S. government, state governments, and individuals. The course will cover both the historical development of Native American law and contemporary issues, including tribal sovereignty, property, descent and distribution, child custody, natural resources, gaming, environmental laws, civil and criminal jurisdiction. The course is a primer in effective representation of both tribal nations and non-Indian clients in transacting business with tribal nations.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): None
Description: None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students will submit a 15–20-page research paper due via EXPO by noon on the last day of the finals period. Students will also submit a choice of 3 out of 5 short essay topics due following the lecture and seminar discussion on the specific topics (due directly to instructor, not via EXPO). Students who wish to augment the final paper to one meeting the upper-level writing requirement standard must submit a "special request" form to the instructor. The form is available on LawWeb and must be submitted by Feb. 27, 2023.

Other Work
There will be a significant amount of reading required in advance of each class ~ 30-60 pages; This seminar also includes use of research tools unique to the practice of Native American Law. Each class session will include, introduction, discussion and practice using a specific tool in the context of a “problem of a week." Laptops are highly recommended and needed for problem of the week.

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Constitutional Law (LAW 6001) is recommended as a pre- or co-requisite, but not required. Concurrencies: Constitutional Law (LAW 6001) is recommended as a pre- or co-requisite, but not required.
Mutually Exclusive With: Native American Law (7114)
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: Robert A.Williams,Jr. and Mathew L.M. Fletcher, Federal Indian Law (West Academic 7th ed) (2017).
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

Schedule No.
123218932
Law No.
LAW9032
Modified Type
Seminar
Cross Listed: No
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic:
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Thursday, April 20, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, April 30, 11:59 PM
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