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OSA Lectures and Presentations

Olea, Solórzano & Austin prides itself on the credentials of its members and what they can offer to Indian Country. This page was created for educational purposes and as a way for OSA members to share their knowledge and insight with those willing to listen and learn. Below are some lectures and presentations that were delivered by members of OSA. Click the links below the video descriptions to watch the lectures. Grab a notepad and pen to take notes or just get some popcorn and enjoy!

The Legal Traditions of Native America

On November 2, 2018, Austin was invited to speak at Southern University Law School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. His presentation, called "The Legal Traditions of Native America," begins with an overview of federal Indian law and later addresses the use of tribal common law in tribal courts. It focuses primarily on the Navajo method of jurisprudence. Austin's presentation was for the Tribal Courts and Tribal Sovereignty Symposium, the first conference in Louisiana to touch on tribal courts and Indian law topics. It was also the first conference to bring together all tribal court judges in Louisiana, as well as tribal leaders and attorneys. 

Tribal Courts and Tribal Law: Your Guide to Everything Tribal

Austin was invited to speak to the federal Indian law class at the University of Arizona College of Law. In his lecture, Austin teaches students about the importance of understanding Indian law and having familiarity with tribal courts and tribal law. He illustrates his points with examples, hypotheticals, and cold calling students to participate in the socratic method. At the end of the lecture, students attempted to illustrate peacemaking. However, due to confusion, the demonstration did not turn out as it should have. Special thanks to the student volunteers and the law college!