The Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) was founded to promote the study of Federal Indian Law, Tribal Law and traditional forms of governance, and to support Native Americans in law school. We strive to reach out to Native communities and encourage Native People to pursue legal education. We also strive to educate the legal community about Native issues.
Meetings are held at least once per month during the academic school year and are to be held within the Alexander Blewett III School of Law unless otherwise posted. Meetings are called by posting the time, date and place of the meeting at least 2 days in advance. Postings are to be via email and on the walls of the School of Law.
We are a local chapter of the National Native American Law Student Association. Please note, we are also ASUM recognized.
Marissa Mahkuk Compton
Funds raised during Fall 2016: $1,048 (this does not include expenses paid out)
Since 2003, NALSA is the only non-law review entity at the School of Law that hosts a week-long conference. Through various educational and extracurricular activities throughout the year, NALSA educates both Indians and non-Indians on cultural issues that affect the law.
Become a Member
Any student enrolled at The University of Montana is eligible to be a member. All members are voting members. Individual NALSA members shall pay a membership due of $5.00. All members are eligible to participate in NALSA national competitions and to help organize the many events NALSA sponsors.
All the officers on the Executive Board except the Secretary shall be selected before the end of the spring semester each year for the subsequent year. The Secretary position shall be filled at the first meeting for the academic year. An officer may run for a particular position as many times as he/she wishes as long as he/she is a law student. The length of a term for all officers is one academic year. Any member may choose to run. The nominees will give an oral presentation at the general meeting in which NALSA is holding elections. The oral presentation shall consist of the reasons for running and any qualifications.