NCJA State & Tribal Webinar: Defender Initiatives in Indian Country

Tuesday Jun 11, 2013 - 07:00pm to 08:30pm EDT
Event Description: 

While this is the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, the landmark case that secured the right to government paid counsel in state criminal proceedings, many state, local, and tribal justice officials are unaware that the right to free defense council does not apply in Indian Country. The 2010 Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) and the 2013 Reauthorization of the Violence Against Woman Act (VAWA) include provisions that affect not only tribal courts in general, but the indigent defender community specifically. This webinar, Defender Initiatives in Indian Country, will discuss how recent legislation has affected tribal courts and the tribal defender community and will examine how two tribal defender initiatives are enhancing the provision of justice and improving perceptions of procedural fairness. This webinar will highlight the work of the Defenders Office of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in Montana and the work of Anishinabe Legal Services, an Indian Legal Services program that serves the Leech Lake, White Earth and Red Lake Reservations in Northern Minnesota. In addition, this webinar will discuss state and federal resources available to support indigent defense in tribal courts. Presenters for this webinar are Ann Sherwood, managing attorney with the Defenders Office of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai; Cody Nelson, Co-Executive Director, Anishinabe Legal Services; Maha Jweied, Senior Counsel, Access to Justice Initiative within the U.S. Department of Justice; and Alex Sierck, Project Director, Center for Holistic Defense, a project of The Bronx Defenders.

Organizer Information
Event Organization: 
The National Criminal Justice Association