Law 728 - Tribal Legal Development Clinic
J.D. Cornell Law School, 1998
Students in this clinic will provide legal assistance to Indian nations. Projects served by the clinic will involve the development and modification of tribal legal codes, governing documents and constitutional provisions, creation of tribal dispute resolution processes, and drafting of intergovernmental agreements and related administrative documents. Skills that will be emphasized in this clinic are legislative drafting, client memoranda and cross-cultural representation. Faculty members will meet with tribal leaders to inform them of the availability of clinic services and to determine whether the clinic could assist them with their legal development needs. Once students are assigned to particular projects, they will meet with relevant tribal officials and community groups with travel funds supplied by the school. Students will learn about tribal governments and legal systems, including federal and other constraints on the activities of tribal legal institutions. They will also learn about the culture of the tribe which they are representing in order to be able to craft legislation and other documents that meets tribal intentions and needs.