Monday, November 13, 2017
4:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion: 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Hosted Social: 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Perkins Coie LLP, 1120 NW Couch St., 10th Fl, Portland
1.0 CLE credit pending
November is Native American Heritage Month, also commonly known as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. During this month, we celebrate the myriad rich, diverse cultures and historic contributions of American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Native American Heritage Month is also an opportune time to raise awareness of the unique challenges faced by Native cultures under a Western legal system, as well as efforts towards successful collaborations between the two. This November, we ask: Can cultural property protections and intellectual property law co-exist? What role does enforcing indigenous cultural intellectual property rights play in protecting tribal identity? In the daily lives of Native peoples?
Join the Native American Law Students Association of Lewis & Clark Law School and Oregon Women Lawyers as we discuss these questions through the lens of past cases and emerging perspectives. Martha Klein Izenson and Corin LaPointe-Aitchison begin the discussion with a broad historical survey of past case law, contemplate the Pro-Football pendulum in a post-Tam era, and peek at patent law and sovereign immunity in Allergan. Frank Pommersheim picks up the discussion with a deeper look at tribal identity by examining the Crazy Horse Malt Liquor dispute. Local Native artists will lend their view on how cultural heritage and intellectual property law inform or effect their work during a moderated discussion. The CLE will close with a hosted social, during which law students and new lawyers can sign up to secure future mentoring from more experienced Indian law practitioners.