Students work directly with tribal communities
Students can participate in clinics that offer real-world contributions to society and the law. For example, the Indian Law Impact Litigation Clinic allows students to work on large federal court litigation for Indian tribes. This may involve archival research, working with expert witnesses, drafting court documents, and preparing for trial.
Mitchell Hamline offers two Indian law clinics:
- Indian Law: Impact Litigation
- Indian Law: Tribal Code Drafting
Indian Law Clinic helps Wisconsin tribes lift night-hunting ban. Indian tribes can once again hunt deer at night off-reservation in northern Wisconsin, under an order issued by a federal judge in Madison.
Indian Law Clinic students serve as public defenders in tribal courts on the Bois Forte and Menominee reservations in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Indian Law program received a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice of more than $280,000 that allowed the program to provide even more help for Minnesota and Wisconsin Indian tribes and more experience for law students.
Indian Law Clinic has finished its first major trial. The clinic represented the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, the Sokaogon Chippewa Indian Community, and the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians in a case before Judge Barbara Crabb of the Western District of Wisconsin.