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2021 Pre-Conference Webinar - Tribal Water Rights and Settlements
Heather Whiteman Runs Him, Director, Tribal Justice Clinic and Professor of Practice, UArizona James E. Rogers College of Law
Margaret Vick, Special Counsel for Water Resources, Colorado River Indian Tribes
Robyn Interpreter, Founding Partner, Montgomery & Interpreter, PLC
A little more than two weeks before our 2021 Annual Conference, Tribal Water Resilience in a Changing Environment, the UArizona Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) is presenting the pre-conference webinar: “Tribal Water Rights and Settlements.” Please join us to hear three prominent water law and tribal attorneys discuss Tribal Water Rights and Settlements. This webinar will provide legal context for the broader discussions of tribal water resilience to take place at the conference August 30 – September 1.
The WRRC will provide a CLE Certificate of Attendance to practitioners licensed in Arizona. *
*The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity may qualify for up to one hour toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona.
Heather Whiteman Runs Him, is a citizen of the Apsaalooke (Crow) Nation. She is the Director of the Tribal Justice Clinic and a Professor of Practice at the Rogers School of Law at University of Arizona in Tucson. Heather previously worked as a senior staff attorney at the Native American Rights Fund in Boulder, Colorado, focusing on domestic and international legal advocacy on the rights of indigenous peoples and protecting water and land resources of indigenous peoples. Heather served as Joint Lead Counsel for the Crow Tribe of Montana, where she oversaw a wide variety of legal issues, including the final phase of negotiation and approval of the Crow Tribe’s water rights settlement.
Heather received her Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School. She received her B.A.F.A. with high honors in Art History, and with honors in Studio Art from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and her A.F.A. from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Margaret J. Vick, JSD has more than 30 years experience working with and advising Native American Tribes and tribal organizations in the Western United States including her service as General and Special Counsel to the Havasupai Tribe, Special Counsel to the Colorado River Indian Tribes and legal advisor to Inter Tribal Council of Arizona. She specializes in cross-jurisdictional issues. Dr. Vick has a Doctor of Juridical Sciences in the law of international water resources and works with all levels of government on complex water allocation and management issues. She brings a wide range of expertise and a broad perspective to issues of water use and governance. She is a frequent speaker on Colorado River issues.
Robyn L. Interpreter is a founding partner in the Phoenix-based law firm of Montgomery & Interpreter, PLC, an extensive law practice covering many areas of Tribal and Federal Indian law and water law, with a focus on water rights litigation, negotiation, protection, and development. Robyn also represents tribal governments and tribally owned enterprises as special counsel for water rights and land matters, and as general counsel on a wide range of other tribal business and governmental matters, with a particular emphasis in developing better tribal-state-federal relationships that enhance tribal self-determination.
She holds a joint law degree and master’s degree in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona.
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