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University of Oklahoma College of Law

The University of Oklahoma College of Law will host the 31st annual National Native American Law Students Association (NNALSA) moot court competition on February 25–26, 2023 at the OU Law Center.

National Native American Law Students Association selected University of Oklahoma Law’s bid in July 2022. Professors M. Alexander Pearl and Taiawagi Helton are co-authoring this year’s moot court problem, in which the teams will brief and argue.

“In partnership with Native nations from in-state and around the country, we have long led the way in integrating Indigenous Peoples’ Law across doctrinal and experiential aspects of our program,” notes college dean Katheleen Guzman. “Given that this year marks the 200th anniversary of a foundational case for federal Indian law and policy [Johnson v. M’Intosh], as well as the 50th anniversary of our own American Indian Law Review — the first of its kind in the nation — we are especially honored that National Native American Law Students Association selected University of Oklahoma Law to host this year, and proud of the work that our Native American Law Students Association Chapter members engaged to secure this singular opportunity and will expend on running a first-rate event.”

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Recognized as the premier federal Indian law moot court competition in the nation, the University of Oklahoma Law Native American Law Students Association chapter will coordinate this year’s competition comprised of 34 teams from law schools around the country. Team registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis with a limitation of two teams per school.

Respectively, the University of North Dakota hosted the 29th annual competition and the University of Colorado hosted the 30th annual competition. University of Oklahoma Law is excited to return to an in-person format for the 31st annual competition.

“We are proud to have been chosen this year and we are excited to be able to showcase the College that hosts our incredible Indian law curriculum and the faculty that teaches our Native students. We look forward to personally meeting everyone in February,” comments University of Oklahoma Native American Law Students Association President Reagan McGuire.

The competition website will go live in October. Stay tuned for more information. 

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