March 3, 2011
Three teams representing the University of Colorado Law School competed in the National Native American Law Students (NALSA) Moot Court Competition at Columbia University in New York on Feb. 25-26, 2011. The competition's complex problem addressed whether an Indian tribe had civil legislative and adjudicatory authority to impose civil citations and contempt orders against a non-member Indian found to have brought drugs, a large quantity of money, and a loaded unregistered gun onto the Tribe's casino property located on federal trust reservation land.Colorado Law's teams of Anna Dronzek and Matt Samuelson, Daniel Cordalis and Gregory Narvaez, and Beth Baldwin and Anne Mariah Tapp competed in a field of more than 67 teams from across the U.S. Although the Colorado Law teams did not reach the final round of sixteen, 2Ls Beth Baldwin and Anne Mariah Tapp received the Second Place award for Best Brief, missing First Place by less than one point. Their success is testimony both to their hard work and skill, and to the depth of the American Indian Law program at Colorado Law. The teams benefitted from the coaching of Clinical Professor Jill E. Tompkins, Colorado Law alumni Carrie Covington Doyle '09 and Alison Flint '09 as well as from the assistance of Professors Richard Collins and Charles Wilkinson.Congratulations to Beth and Anne Mariah!