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UM Law 2013 Summer Courses

Students may register for the following UM Law School summer courses starting Monday, March 4th. The courses from June 10-July 12 are the Summer Indian Law Program but are open to all students. All classes start at 9:00 a.m. Classes scheduled for five days end at 12:00 each day, and classes scheduled for four days end at 12:30 each day. All classes will be taught in the law school, Room 215.

June 3-7 Supreme Court Seminar, Assistant Prof. Anthony Johnstone

1.0 credit

Course Description:  This seminar is an opportunity to understand the function of the United States Supreme Court and other appellate courts by simulating a case currently pending before the Court. Each student will play counsel or a justice in: the selection of cases through the certiorari process; presentation of arguments by petitioners, respondents, and amici; and conference followed by an announcement of opinions. Throughout, students will reflect upon litigation strategy, judicial philosophy, and the interaction among various participants in the Supreme Court's process. Reading includes cases, briefs, and commentary. Assessment considers class discussion, oral presentations, and short written position summaries.

Anthony Johnstone is an Assistant Professor at the University of Montana School of Law. He teaches and writes on Constitutional Law and related subjects. Before joining the School of Law, Johnstone served as the Solicitor for the State of Montana.  He represented the State in more than two-dozen cases in trial and appellate courts, including the Montana Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of the United States. Johnstone also clerked for the Honorable Sidney R. Thomas, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and practiced litigation as an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York, New York. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute. Johnstone holds a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago Law School.

June 10-14 Criminal Jurisdiction in Indian Country, Prof. Andrew King-Ries

1.0 credit

Course Description:  This course provides information about crime and criminal jurisdiction in Indian Country.  Topics include an overview of the laws affecting criminal jurisdiction, some of the unique criminal problems affecting Indian Country, traditional methods of resolving unacceptable behavioral problems within tribal communities, and the evolution of current responses to crime within Indian Country.   Following completion of the course, students should have a basic understanding of the foundational principlesrelating to crime and law enforcement in Indian Country.

Prof. Andrew King-Ries has taught Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law, Domestic Violence, Juvenile Justice, Law & Literature, White Collar Crime, Evidence and Constitutional law.  He was a speechwriter for the Secretary of Education, Lauro Cavazos; a clerk of the United States Court of Appeals of the Eight Circuit; and for eight years was a prosecutor for the King County Prosecutor’s Office in Seattle Washington, specializing in domestic violence cases.

June 17-21 Domestic Violence in Indian Country, Prof. Andrew King-Ries

1.0 credit

Course Description:  This course looks at the dynamics of domestic violence within Indian Country, the jurisdictional challenges associated with addressing this issue, the various federal and tribal law applicable to domestic violence situations, and what tools are being used in response to domestic violence within Indian Country. Following completion of the course, students should have a basic understanding of the foundational principles relating domestic violence and the jurisdictional factors that impact effective enforcement of domestic violence laws within Indian Country.

June 24-27 Energy Development in Indian Country, Dan Belcourt

1.0 credit

Course Description:  This course will focus on energy development within Indian Country and the various federal laws and regulations that impact energy development. Following completion of the course, students should have a basic understanding of the advantages and challenges associated with energy development in Indian Country.

Daniel Belcourt is owner of Belcourt Law, P.C., a law firm that specializes in Indian law.  Prior to opening his own law firm in 2006, Mr. Belcourt was a partner with the law firm of Smith, Doherty & Belcourt and in-house counsel to his tribe, the Chippewa Cree tribe of the Rocky Boy reservation from 1994-2002.  Mr. Belcourt has a broad array of experience in all aspects of tribal government representation.  He has represented tribal governments in matters before the U.S. Congress, state legislatures, federal agencies, and in litigation before federal, state and tribal forums. While obtaining his masters of law in environmental and natural resource law, he also served as Attorney General to the Colorado River Indian Tribe in 1998.

June 28-July 3 Indian Child Welfare Act , Assoc. Prof. Maylinn Smith

1.0 credit

Course Description:  This course looks at past federal policies that resulted in the removal of Indian Children from their families and led to the enactment of the Indian Child Welfare Act.  The course discusses the legal requirements of the act, various aspects of working with Indian families, potential conflicts between this Act and state or other federal laws and the challenges of achieving compliance with this Act.

Professor Maylinn Smith has been Clinical Supervisor and Director of the Indian Law Clinic since 1994.  She had taught Federal Indian Law, Advanced Problems in Federal Indian Law, Federal Courts, Tribal Courts/Tribal Law, Fundamental Lawyering, Tribal Criminal Law and Procedure, and the Indian Child Welfare Act.  Professor Smith served as Chief Judge of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, as an Appellate Judge for the Southwest intertribal Court of Appeals, as the Chief Appellate Judge for the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes and as legal counsel for the Salish and Kootenai Tribal Court.

July 15-24 Elder Law , Visiting Ass't. Prof. Julie Sirrs

2.0 Credits

Course Description:  Elder Law will cover a broad range of topics applicable to older clients.  These include elder abuse and neglect, long term care planning, Social Security, mental capacity and ethical issues.  Students will also learn how the United States' aging population is likely to have a profound impact on our society and the practice of law.

Julie Sirrs is a Visiting Professor at the Law School.  She has previously taught Federal Income Tax, Partnership Tax and Corporate Tax.  She received her J.D. from the University of Montana School of Law and her LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Washington School of Law.  She is an attorney with the Missoula firm of Boone Karlberg P.C., where her practice focuses on elder law, estate planning, tax and business transactions.