Law 729 - Tribal Appellate Court Clinic
Students in this Clinic will provide assistance to justices of the highest courts of the Hualapai Tribe in Arizona and other tribes, while learning skills useful in clerking for any appellate judge in federal, state, or tribal systems. Almost every case that a student will work on will involve important questions of first impression with respect to constitutional issues (separations of powers, checks and balances, etc.), criminal justice and defendants' and victims' rights in both substance and procedure, the duties and obligations of government with respect to family matters and commercial activities, the establishment of property law schemes, among many others. Students will do all their coursework and assigned casework at UCLA with site visits (at Law School expense) to the respective tribal court to attend oral arguments and to participate in deliberations. Due to the special docketing needs of tribal appellate courts, the course work will be partially front-loaded into a weekend workshop that will take place on the weekend of August 26 and 27. Remaining course work will be scheduled during the first five weeks of the semester, with additional meetings to take place with the instructor as well as with the assigned Justice(s) through phone or video.