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March 27, 2024
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CCJ 2.306 (Eidman Courtroom)
Event type:
Panel Discussion / Speaker Series
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“The Struggle Over Native American Children and Haaland v Brackeen: Permanent Peace or Temporary Truce?”

Lives in the Law speaker Michael E. Urena will discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Haaland v. Brackeen, which rejected constitutional challenges to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), in the context of the history of the U.S. Government’s treatment of Native American children, including the establishment of federal Indian boarding schools and other practices that led to the ICWA’s passage. He’ll also address the state court proceedings that preceded the federal case and explore the likelihood of future challenges to the ICWA.

This event has been accredited by the State Bar of Texas for 1.00 hour of CLE credit.

Eidman Courtroom, 11:45-12:45 pm, with boxed lunches in the Jamail Pavilion immediately following. Mr. Urena will also be available to meet with students from 1-2 pm.

Hosted by the William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law and the Career Services Office.

About the speaker:

Michael E. Urena has provided legal services to low-income Texans and their families in Eagle Pass for almost 30 years as an attorney at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA). Currently, he leads TRLA’s Disability Rights practice as well as its Native American practice.

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Specific audiences:
  • Texas Law students
  • Texas Law alumni
  • Faculty
  • Staff
Sponsored by:
  • William Wayne Justice Center for Public Interest Law

If you need an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the sponsor listed above or the Texas Law Special Events Office at no later than seven business days prior to the event.