McGirt v. Oklahoma: “The Rule of the Strong v. the Rule of Law”

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Time: 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Location: Online Webinar

Cost: Free

Register: Here

MCLE: One Hour of General Participatory CLE Credit

About the Program

This presentation will discuss the United States Supreme Court’s decision in McGirt v. Oklahoma. In a 5-4 decision from 2020, the Court rejected century-old thinking about what constituted an Indian reservation largely based on assumptions and predictions to hold the Muscogee Creek Reservation in eastern Oklahoma was never expressly disestablished and therefore still existed. This result turned state and Tribal criminal jurisdiction on its head in ways that are not yet fully understood or addressed.

About the Speaker

Mark Vezzola is a Directing Attorney with California Indian Legal Services. His practice includes estate planning for individuals under the American Indian Probate Reform Act, Indian child welfare advocacy, advising Native organizations, tribal boards, and committees, administering tribal elections, code drafting, and defending casino tort claims. Mark currently serves as the Chief Judge of the Pala Tribal Court in Pala, California, and the Chemehuevi Tribal Court in Havasu Lake, California. Mark graduated from UMass-Amherst with a B.A. in history and from UCLA with a J.D. and M.A. in American Indian Studies. During law school, he clerked for the Hopi Appellate Court and interned at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Tribal Justice in Washington DC.

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