Browning Symposium 2018


The Future of Federal Indian Law and the (New) Roberts Court
Hosted by the Montana Law Review, the 2018 Browning Symposium will feature a full day of educational programming with a focus on Federal Indian Law. A reception will follow at the Payne Family Native American Center on University of Montana's main campus. This year's event examines tribal sovereignty, federal power, and individual rights.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Judge Diane Humetewa
  • Matthew L.M. Fletcher


  • Barbara Creel
  • John Dossett
  • Michalyn Steele
  • Gregory Ablavsky
  • Rebecca Tsosie
  • Alexander Skibine
  • Angela Riley
  • Frank Pommersheim
  • Wenona Singel

Date: Friday, October 5, 2018
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Blewett School of Law - Missoula, MT
CLE: Credits pending application submission and approval 

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The Honorable James R. Browning

The Browning Symposium series honors Judge James R. Browning of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Judge Browning, who was reared in Belt, Montana, graduated from The University of Montana School of Law in 1941. He was a member of the first editorial board of the Montana Law Review and ultimately served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review.

In September of 1961, President John F. Kennedy appointed Judge Browning to the Ninth Circuit. His forty year tenure on the Court is the longest of any federal judge in the country. Prior to joining the court, Judge Browning was Clerk of the United States Supreme Court.

Judge Browning served with distinction as Chief Judge of the Ninth Circuit from 1976 to 1988. As Chief Judge, Judge Browning was credited with reorganizing and modernizing the administration of the Ninth Circuit. Thanks to his political savvy and remarkable leadership skills, Judge Browning was successful in keeping the Ninth Circuit intact despite persistent efforts to divide the circuit.

In 1991, Judge Browning received the coveted Edward J. Devitt Award for Distinguished Service to Justice, an award presented annually to a federal judge. In September of 2001, the State Bar of Montana bestowed on Judge Browning the Bar’s highest honor, the William J. Jameson Award. In 2005, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals building in San Francisco was renamed the James R. Browning United States Courthouse.