2019 D.C. Indian Law Conference

Join the FBA Indian Law Section for their Annual D.C. Indian Law Conference in our nation's capital at the FHI 360 Conference Center. Located at the heart of the country's political landscape, discussion will address the latest issues in Indian law. Don't miss this intimate opportunity to hear from both the private and public sector.


There are three ways to register for this national event:
1) Register Online
2) Fax PDF Registration Form to 571-481-9090 for processing
3) Mail PDF Registration Form to the following address for processing
        Federal Bar Association
        Attn: 2019 DC Indian Law Conference
        PO Box 79395, Baltimore MD 21279-0395

Registration Fees


(after 10/4)

 Sustaining Member   $210
 Member  $220
 Nonmember  $370
 Government/Academic  $115
 Student  $85

Payment Methods
Acceptable methods of payment include credit card and check. We can accept cash payments onsite on the event date. Registration forms received without payment will not be processed.
Cancellation Policy
No refunds will be made for cancellations received after the close of business on Friday, October 4, 2019. No-shows will be billed. Substitutions may be made at any time upon notification. Please contact Ariel White at awhite
@fedbar.org with cancellation and/or substitution requests. 

8:00 - 8:40 a.m.

Registration & Breakfast 

8:45 - 9:45 a.m.

Indian Lands and Litigation: Murphy, Reservation Boundaries, and Carcieri

  • Sam Kohn, Managing Associate, Dentons US LLP (moderator)
  • David Giampetroni, Of Counsel, Kanji & Katzen, PLLC
  • Ethan Jones, Lead Attorney, Yakama Nation Office of Legal Counsel
  • Colette Routel, Professor of Law and Director of Indian Law Program, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Tribal Self-Determination: Decades of Success and Current Efforts to Broaden The Indian Self Determination Act and Education Assistance Act

  • Paul Moorehead, Principal, Powers Pyles Sutter and Verville PC (moderator)
  • Hon. John L. Berrey, Chairman, Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma
  • Hon. James Floyd, Principal Chief, Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma
  • Rhonda Harjo, former Deputy Chief Counsel, U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Legal Considerations of the Future Economic Development in Indian Country: Gaming, Agriculture, and Development
  • Stephanie Sfiridis, Associate, Rosette LLP (moderator)
  • Jonathan Damm, Attorney-Advisor, Office of the Solicitor, Division of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Michael Hoenig, General Counsel, National Indian Gaming Commission
  • Sara Dutschke Setshwaelo, Chairwoman, Ione Band of Miwok Indians; Partner, Dentons US LLP
12:15 - 1:30 p.m. Luncheon & Keynote
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Tribal and Federal Election Law 101
  • Jenny Patten Magallanes, Associate, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP (moderator)
  • Merrill C. Godfrey, Senior Counsel, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Benjamin P. Keane, Partner, Dentons US LLP
  • R. Reid LeBeau II, Shareholder, Jacobson Law Group
2:45 - 3:45 p.m.

Protecting Tribal Communities: On-The-Ground Perspectives for Keeping Indian Country Safe

  • John Anderson, U.S. Attorney for the District of New Mexico, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Larry Roberts, Professor, Arizona State University College of Law
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Ethical Considerations in Representing Governments
  • Maurisa Bell, Law Clerk, Dentons US LLP (moderator)
  • Gina Allery, Deputy Director, Office of Tribal Justice, U.S. Department of Justice
  • Katie E. Klass, Partner, Hobbs Straus Dean & Walker LLP
5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

Please find a list of hotels below that are within walking distance of the conference venue:

Courtyard Washington DC / Dupont Circle (Marriott)
1900 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202-332-9300

Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20009
Phone: 202-483-3000

Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Dentons US LLP

Contact Elizabeth Johnson if you are interested in sponsoring this event.

If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact Caitlin Rider, Conference Manager.

October 25, 2019
FHI 360 Conference Center
1825 Connecticut Avenue NW, 8th Floor
Washington, DC 20009

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