Native American

  • May 31, 2017

    Tribe Urges 9th Circ. To Toss Gov't Win In Ariz. Highway Row

    The Gila River Indian Community and several environmental and community organizations aren't backing down in their effort to push the Ninth Circuit to overturn a ruling on a Phoenix-area road project, insisting Tuesday that the Federal Highway Administration and the Arizona Department of Transportation violated the National Environmental Policy Act.

  • May 31, 2017

    DOI Needed Cherokee OK On Trust Land, Judge Rules

    An Oklahoma federal judge on Wednesday granted the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma’s bid to stop the federal government from taking former reservation land into trust for another tribe, saying the government can’t do so without the nation’s consent.

  • May 31, 2017

    Native Group Seeks To Block Election In Minn. Land Row

    Descendants of a Native American group seeking to take hold of a Minnesota land parcel moved in D.C. federal court on Tuesday to block the U.S. Department of the Interior from holding an election that they say would terminate them as a tribe, saying the federal government is treating them as if they don’t exist.

  • May 30, 2017

    Feds, Calif. Tribe Push To Nix Suit Over Casino Project

    The U.S. Department of the Interior and the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians have doubled down on their bids for a quick win in the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians’ suit challenging a decision that authorized the North Fork tribe to conduct gaming on an off-reservation site in the same county as the Picayune's casino.

  • May 30, 2017

    Where Does Fla. Gambling Head After Reform Bill's Failure?

    Just two months ago, Florida lawmakers were eyeing significant gambling concessions to bring billions into state coffers and resolve numerous lawsuits, but after a collapse in negotiations and a major court decision, the odds of expansion appear to have plummeted. Here, experts look at the reasons for the industry’s changing fortune and its prospects for growth in the Sunshine State.

  • May 30, 2017

    Contractor Pushes To Revive Challenge To Tribal Court Case

    A contractor pressed the Ninth Circuit to revive his lawsuit seeking to halt the Blue Lake Rancheria’s claims in tribal court that he fraudulently induced the tribe’s casino into a gambling software development deal, staying firm Saturday on his argument that the tribe’s relationship with a judge who presided over the underlying case was problematic.

  • May 30, 2017

    SD Justices Say Neglect Case May Belong In Tribal Court

    The top court in South Dakota has overturned the denial of requests to transfer abuse and neglect proceedings against an Oglala Sioux Tribe-enrolled mother of three children to the tribe’s jurisdiction, finding that a lower court should have held a hearing on the matter under the Indian Child Welfare Act.

  • May 30, 2017

    Tribe Asks 9th Circ. To Lift Stay After Asset Freeze Nixed

    The Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians asked the Ninth Circuit on Friday to lift a stay in its suit accusing four former tribal officials of a wide-reaching, multimillion-dollar embezzlement scheme, pointing out a lower court recently declined to rethink its decision not to freeze the assets of the ex-officials.

  • May 29, 2017

    The Firms That Lost The Most Ground In 2016

    Four firms saw their roster of U.S.-based attorneys shrink by more than 10 percent last year, according to the latest Law360 400. In some cases, a dramatic exodus can be devastating, but experts say there can also be a silver lining.

  • May 29, 2017

    Law360 Reveals 400 Largest US Firms

    The Law360 400 features the largest U.S.-based law firms and vereins with a U.S. component, as measured by domestic attorney headcount.

  • May 29, 2017

    The Firms That Grew Fastest Without Merging

    Often with one hire at a time, five firms drove double-digit growth last year, according to the latest Law360 400. Here’s how they added headcount without putting their culture at risk.

  • May 29, 2017

    Biggest US Firms Opt For Modest Growth In Sluggish Market

    In a highly competitive legal market, U.S. law firms on average appear to be leaning on a strategy of slow-but-steady growth as they continue to adjust to sluggish demand for legal services, according to the latest Law360 400.

  • May 29, 2017

    Turning 50, Greenberg Traurig Tops The Law360 400

    Greenberg Traurig LLP is celebrating its golden anniversary with a trip to the top of Law360’s list of the largest U.S. law firms, capping off decades of steady growth by ousting Jones Day from the No. 1 spot.

  • May 26, 2017

    NM Utility Can't Seize Navajo Land, 10th Circ. Says

    The Tenth Circuit on Friday backed a lower court ruling that a New Mexico utility can’t secure a path for a transmission line through property that is partly owned by the Navajo Nation, saying there's no language in federal law on rights of way that allows tribal lands to be condemned.

  • May 26, 2017

    Nooksack Group Seeks Redo Of Ruling On DOI Funding Row

    The purported Nooksack Indian Tribal Council pressed a Washington federal judge Thursday to rethink tossing its lawsuit claiming that the U.S. Department of the Interior has wrongly refused to pay roughly $14 million in funding, challenging the judge’s deference to the agency’s view that the council lacks authority to sue on the tribe’s behalf.

  • May 26, 2017

    DOI Watchdog Says Tribal Profit Misuse Allegation Unfounded

    A federal investigation into whether a former Chippewa Cree tribe official allegedly misused income from a farming operation revealed that the allegation was unfounded, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s watchdog announced on Thursday.

  • May 26, 2017

    NC Gov. Wants Full Federal Recognition Of Lumbee Tribe

    North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday announced he sent a letter to congressional leaders advocating for the full federal recognition of the Lumbee Tribe in the state, saying such a recognition would help much of the state’s southeastern region.

  • May 26, 2017

    NM Dem Aims To Be First Native American Congresswoman

    Debra Haaland, a Pueblo of Laguna member and former head of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, is looking to ride a wave of opposition to President Donald Trump to become the first Native American woman ever elected to Congress, and she told Law360 in an exclusive interview that she likes her party’s chances in the 2018 midterm elections.

  • May 25, 2017

    UPS Hit With $247M Judgment In Tobacco Shipping Row

    A New York federal judge ordered UPS to pay $247 million to the Empire State and New York City for helping move untaxed cigarettes from tribal lands, saying Thursday the shipping giant had shown a “lack of willingness to change” without a hefty punishment.

  • May 25, 2017

    Navajo Council Weighs Legislation To Keep Coal Plant Open

    The Navajo Nation Council on Wednesday introduced legislation that would approve an agreement to allow the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station on the tribe’s reservation in Arizona to keep its doors open through the end of 2019, as the tribe faces a July 1 deadline to make a decision on the deal.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: A Law Firm GC's Data Protection Duties

    Thomas W. White

    Increasingly, we see companies in all industries seeking to perform various levels of due diligence on our information security defenses. We received three times as many diligence requests from clients and prospective clients in 2016 as we did in 2015. Some clients even conduct their own penetration tests, says Thomas White, general counsel of WilmerHale.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: Evaluating Positional Conflicts

    Nicholas A. Gravante Jr.

    What happens when attorneys come to their general counsel’s office with knowledge of a potential positional conflict? While the inquiry will depend on the rules governing the particular jurisdiction, there are a few general questions to consider from both business and legal ethics perspectives, say general counsel Nicholas A. Gravante Jr. and deputy general counsel Ilana R. Miller of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: 5 Challenges For A Law Firm GC

    John Koski

    Regardless of where we live and practice, regardless of whether trade deals succeed or fail, and regardless of whether the movement of people or capital is easy or difficult, our clients will still have needs or problems far away from home, says John Koski, global chief legal officer at Dentons.

  • Solving The Energy Problems On Federal And Indian Lands

    Paul Moorehead

    Congress and President Trump now have an opportunity to address energy-related management problems affecting Native Americans while respecting tribal decisions, strengthening sovereignty and improving the well-being of Native Americans nationwide, says Paul Moorehead of Powers Pyles Sutter and Verville PC.

  • Lawyers In Flow: Get Out Of Your Head And Into Your Case

    Jennifer Gibbs

    If Time Magazine is correct in that being a lawyer is one of the five worst high-paying jobs, it may be time for the legal profession to pull one from the playbook of musicians and professional athletes and seek to enter a state of “flow,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Satire

    A Law Firm Ranking Model By 'Fake News & Distorted Reports'

    Alan B. Morrison

    Suffering from law firm ranking fatigue? Bewildered by the methodologies? If so, you're in good company. Alan Morrison, associate dean for public interest and public service law at George Washington University Law School, wonders just how far law firm ranking efforts may go.

  • Crowdfunding For Legal Cases: 5 Trends Reshaping Justice

    Julia Salasky

    Most people have never had an opportunity to personally take part in a legal case that directly challenges laws or policies they don’t agree with. Now that crowdfunding is available for legal cases, people can engage directly with legal change in the community and be a check on the powerful, says Julia Salasky, CEO of CrowdJustice.

  • Opinion

    ABA Needs A New Model Legal Ethics Rule

    Kevin L. Shepherd

    Perhaps lost in the presidential post-election tumult was a report issued in late 2016 by an international body evaluating U.S. compliance with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing standards. Considering repeated criticisms of the legal profession, the American Bar Association should seriously consider a new model legal ethics rule, says Kevin Shepherd of Venable LLP.

  • What Does Lateral Partner Success Look Like?

    Howard Flack

    In the final segment of his series on lateral recruitment, Howard Flack, a partner of Volta Talent Strategies LLC and former leader of the lateral partner recruiting team at Hogan Lovells, shares a number of factors law firms should consider when measuring lateral hire success.

  • Are Lateral Recruitment Opportunities Shaping Your Strategy?

    Howard Flack

    In the second installment of this series on lateral recruiting, Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC challenges law firms to ask themselves whether business strategies are determining lateral hires — or vice versa.