14th Annual California Indian Law Conference & Gala Set for Oct. 16th & 17th

California Indian Law Assn LogoTEMECULA, CALIFORNIA— The California Indian Law Association will host its 14th Annual California Indian Law Conference and Gala at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California.

The event includes a Pre-Conference Awards Dinner & Gala on Thursday, October 16th and a full-day of conference panels on Friday, October 17th.

Attendees will include judges, lawyers, scholars, tribal leaders, and community members committed to enhancing the legal profession and tribal justice systems, and promoting advancements in the Indian law field.

The topics for our panel discussions include: Tribal Water Law, Tribal Justice Collaboration, California Legislation and Litigation Update, and The Ethics of Representing Tribes.

Keynote Speaker

The Honorable Sunshine Sykes, Riverside County Superior Court Judge will serve as the keynote speaker for the event. Judge Sykes is a tribal citizen of the Navajo Nation and was born to the Coyote Pass Clan. Last December, she became the first American Indian ever to be appointed to the Riverside County Superior Court. Sykes is a graduate of Stanford University Law School. She has an undergraduate Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Stanford University majoring in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis and graduated with honors in 1997. Prior to becoming a superior judge, Sykes, 40, of Riverside, California, served as a deputy county counsel at the Riverside County Office of County Counsel since 2005. She was a contract attorney at the Juvenile Defense Panel from 2003 to 2005. Sykes was a staff attorney and Equal Justice Works fellow at the California Indian Legal Services from 2001 to 2003.

For attorneys, MCLE credit will be available including 1.25 hours of ethics credits.

For more information about the Conference and Gala, please visit our website at:http://www.calindianlaw.org/2014-conference.html

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