February 2019
  1. February 20 Coming Events

    February 27

    Webinar on Peacemaking,  sponsored by the National American Indiana Court Judges Association( (NAICJA), 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time (90 minutes). This session will be a follow-up to the very successful Peacemaking webinar conducted in 2017. This webinar will discuss how tribal traditions may hold a solution to some problems that have proven especially difficult in tribal court, provide some examples of how other tribes have had success, and explain how this movement is part of a bigger picture, even internationally, of how indigenous communities are using their own wisdom to solve their problems. Peacemaking is not alternative dispute resolution to Native communities; ­ it is the original, traditional way our communities managed to work through disputes for centuries before tribal courts were created. Presenter: Prof. Shawn Watts (Cherokee) Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the University of Kansas, school of Law Mediation Clinic. Moderator: Rebekah HorseChief (Osage), Program Coordinator, NAICJA. Closed captioning will be provided. If you have further questions, contact Alicia Lord at Supported by a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice. To register, go to

    2019 Annual Benefit Dinner featuring ABC’s Dan Abrams, 5:30 p.m., Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, 1000 E. Beltline Ave. N.E., Grand Rapids. The Justice Foundation of West Michigan hosts the 2019 Benefit Dinner with Dan Abrams, ABC News Chief Legal Analyst. 5:30 p.m; cocktails and a silent auction, at 7:00 dinner, and Abrams will speak at 8:00 p.m. Abrams, who received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, is also a best-selling author of such books as Lincoln’s Last Trial. To register, visit and click on the event on the home page; to receive member pricing of $85 you must be logged in. For more information, call the Grand Rapids Bar Association staff at 616-454-5550.