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Indian Nations Law Update - February 2012

February 13, 2012

Godfrey & Kahn Fellowship Awarded to BR Chippewa Member Jason Sanders

Godfrey & Kahn has awarded its UW Fellowship to Jason Sanders, a first-year student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison law school and member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians. Jason is the eighth recipient of the Fellowship in Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School. He graduated from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wis., with a Bachelor's degree in Humanities. While attending St. Norbert College, he was awarded the John F. Kennedy and Diversity Leadership scholarships. Prior to starting law school, Jason was Assistant to the Academic Dean at Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College in Hayward, Wis., where he taught classes and managed a National Science Foundation program. Sanders will receive his Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies this summer from Western New Mexico University in Silver City, N.M.

Godfrey & Kahn's Fellowship in Law program was established as part of the firm's ongoing diversity initiative and is designed to promote diversity within the student body of Wisconsin law schools. The program provides a full, three-year scholarship to one student at the University of Wisconsin Law School and one student at Marquette University Law School. In addition to tuition, recipients are also offered mentoring from Godfrey & Kahn attorneys, as well as a position as a summer associate at the firm. The selection of fellowship recipients is mutually determined by Godfrey & Kahn and the participating universities. A former Fellowship recipient, Red Rock Ojibwe member Martina Gast, is now employed as an associate on the firm's labor and employment team. We welcome Jason and look forward to working with him.

Supreme Court Schedules Indian Law Cases for Oral Arguments in April

The Supreme Court will hear arguments in Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band v. Patchak, which relates to the federal government's immunity from lawsuits challenging title to land held in trust for Indian tribes' use for gaming, on April 24th. The Court will hear arguments in Salazar v. Ramah Navajo Chapter, relating to the duty of the federal government to pay all contract support costs under an Indian Self-Determination Act contract, on April 18th. We discussed these cases in our December 2011 and January 2012 updates, respectively.

Godfrey & Kahn Hosts 23rd Annual Labor and Employment Conference

Godfrey & Kahn's Labor & Employment Law Practice Group will present its annual Labor and Employment Law Conference in March at three locations throughout the state of Wisconsin. The seminar will include an update on recent changes in federal and state employment law, a discussion of best practices and practical approaches to managing employment law problems. All conferences run from
8:30 a.m. to noon. Locations and dates are:

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Lambeau Field
1265 Lombardi Ave
Green Bay, WI 54304

Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Monona Terrace
One John Nolan Drive
Madison, WI 53703

Thursday, March 22, 2012
Crowne Plaza - Milwaukee
10499 Innovation Drive
Wauwatosa, WI 53226

The seminar, which is offered free of charge, is designed to serve the needs of executives, in-house counsel, human resource professionals and front-line supervisors. Godfrey & Kahn has applied for 3 recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI). We have applied for approval by the Board of Bar Examiners for 3 hours of use toward the Wisconsin mandatory CLE requirements.

To register or for more information or questions, please contact Katelin Botsford at or 414.287.9269.


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