Law 728 - Tribal Legal Development Clinic

Lauren van Schilfgaarde

Lauren van Schilfgaarde

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Tribal Legal Development Clinic Director
B.A. Colorado College, 2008
J.D. UCLA School of Law, 2012
Course Description:

Students in this clinic provide legal assistance to Native nations.  Clinic projects emphasize skills of drafting legislation, legal memoranda and other documents, along with cross-cultural representation, through assisting tribal nations with the development and modification of legal codes, governing documents and constitutional provisions, creation of dispute resolution processes, and drafting of intergovernmental agreements and related administrative documents.  The supervisions faculty member(s) 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 meet and communicate -- under the supervision of the faculty member(s) -- with relevant tribal officials and community members, including via email and teleconferences and in-person where feasible, and develop over the course of the semester a final work product for a tribal nation client.  The course also includes a classroom component where students learn about tribal governments and legal systems, as well as the federal, state, and other legal systems with which they interact.  Students also learn about the culture(s) and history of the tribe(s) they are representing so that they can better craft legislation and other documents that meet tribal intentions and needs.

Course Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this course students will have practice and should have developed various core lawyering skills including:

1. Time management

2. Active listening

3. Critical thinking

4. Legal research, writing, and drafting

5. Client communication

6. Familiarity with the historical development of and modern jurisdictional principles involving Indigenous legal systems and institutions and their relationships with the federal and state governments

7. Familiarity with concepts involved in using judgment and strategy in lawyering for Indigenous government/entity clients

8. Familiarity with ethical, practical, and other issues specific to lawyering for Indigenous government/entity clients

Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Lauren van Schilfgaarde 20F 728 LEC 1 W 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM 4.0 No No
  Experiential enrollment through a separate process; deadlineJuly 27 at noon. See ENROLL.LAW.UCLA.EDU. Early drop deadline: 5:00 pm on 8/28/2020.
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Fall 2020 LEC 1
Richland and Deer. Introduction to Tribal Legal Studies  3rd ed.  
ISBN: 9781442232259. REQUIRED $70.06