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American Indian Law Center Program Recognized With Award From American Bar Association

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A program that has been a part of the American Indian Law Center, Inc. since its inception in 1967 announced on December 13 that it will be recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Education Pipeline for exemplary leadership in pipeline programming.

The Pre-Law Summer Institute for American Indians and Alaskan Natives (PLSI) has been attended by many of the nation’s preeminent Native attorneys, judges, law school professors and deans, and tribal chairs.

The PLSI’s work was recognized by the ABA 2012 Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Award for Excellence in Pipeline Diversity as the ABA Council commended PLSI for its “outstanding accomplishments and significant contributions to diversifying” the law profession.

A formal honoring will take place February 3 at the ABA Midyear Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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“The Pre-Law Summer Institute for American Indians and Alaska Natives is especially honored to receive this year’s award from the American Bar Association,” said Helen B. Padilla, director of the American Indian Law Center and PLSI alumna. “Our mission to build, promote, and honor self-sustaining American Indian and Alaska Native communities through education and leadership is the foundation of our efforts – and we are grateful to be recipients of this prestigious award.”

American Indian and Alaska Native individuals attending the PLSI are run through an intensive two-month program to prepare them for the rigors of law schools nationwide, and help establish a network with other Natives graduating and entering the legal profession.