NALSA: The McGirt Decision, a Panel Discussion

Oct 2020
26
The recent McGirt opinion, published at very end of the Supreme Court's most recent term, is a landmark decision in federal Indian law. McGirt held that land reserved for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation since the 19th century remains “Indian country” under the Major Crimes Act, which grants the federal government exclusive jurisdiction to try certain major crimes committed by enrolled members of a tribe on that land.

Our three panelists, each of whom played an important role in the McGirt/Murphy litigation process, will discuss how we got here and the future implications of this decision. The three panelists are:

Former Acting Solicitor General Ian Gershengorn: Now the Chair of Jenner & Block's Appellate and Supreme Court Practice, Mr. Gershengorn served as counsel for the petitioner in McGirt, arguing the case in front of SCOTUS during oral argument in May.

Riyaz Kanji: A founding member of Kanji & Katzen and the Directing Attorney for the firm’s Ann Arbor office, Mr. Kanji also served as counsel for the petitioner in McGirt, arguing the case in front of SCOTUS during oral argument in May.

Philip Tinker: An attorney at Kanji & Katzen. Mr. Tinker published an influential student note that encouraged the Muscogee (Creek) Nation to participate as amicus.

Zoom link will be provided via the NALSA listserv.
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