The University of New Mexico School of Law's Southwest Indian Law Clinic and Institute of Public Law are working together with the American Indian Law Center and the Office of Justice Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs to hold training sessions for tribal court judges, prosecutors, clerks and administrators from across the United States.

The programs were developed in consultation with an advisory board consisting of tribal court judges, prosecutors, clerks, practicing attorneys and others who provided their expertise and hands-on perspective on the unique issues facing tribal courts.

"There is a growing need for this type of training, especially as the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 is implemented in the coming months and years," said School of Law Dean Kevin Washburn. "We are excited to apply the complementary expertise and strengths of SILC, IPL and AILC to these well-designed training programs that will improve the administration of justice in Indian country."

Judges will be the focus of the first training session, which will be offered from March 15-18 and again from May 23-26. New judges who complete this course will be able to conduct criminal trials from start to finish and will have a clearer understanding of the Indian Civil Rights Act and the new Tribal Law and Order Act. Experienced judges will refresh their knowledge.

Prosecutors will come together in a March 28-30 training session during which they will enhance their skills and knowledge of criminal law and procedure.

Tribal court administrators and clerks will be the focus of the April 18-20 training. Topics will include record development, case management, budgeting and many more tasks crucial to their jobs.

There is no cost for the trainings, which will be taught by UNM School of Law faculty and experienced tribal judges, practitioners, clerks and administrators. All sessions will take place at the Bureau of Indian Affairs National Indian Program Training Center in Albuquerque. CLE credit is available for lawyers.

For more information, contact Valerie Begay at 505.277.5462 or Registration details can be found at

Story by Nancy Harbert

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