AMERICAN LAW INSTITUTE SELECTS REPORTERS FOR THE RESTATEMENT THIRD, THE LAW OF AMERICAN INDIANS
November 15, 2012
Drummond Woodsum is pleased to announce that the American Law Institute has named one of its shareholders, Kaighn Smith, Jr., to serve as an Associate Reporter for the Restatement of the Law of American Indians.
The American Law Institute is the Nation's leading independent organization for producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. It is made up of 4,000 lawyers, judges, and law professors of the highest qualifications, who draft, discuss, revise, and publish Restatements of the Law, model statutes, and principles of law. These sources are enormously influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education.
This is a significant tribute to Drummond Woodsum's national reputation for work in the field of federal Indian law. The firm represents Indian nations and their enterprises throughout the United States in all areas of the law. Its clients include the Penobscot Nation and the Passamaquoddy Tribe in Maine, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation in Connecticut, the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians in Michigan, and the Jamestown S'Klallam and Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribes in Washington. Lawyers in the firm's Indian Law Services Group include Rob Gips, Greg Sample, Dan Amory, Aaron Pratt, Dan Rose, and Campbell Badger. In 2012, the firm joined forces with the Native American Rights Fund to publish Labor and Employment Law in Indian Country, authored by Mr. Smith. It is the first comprehensive treatise covering the complex area of employment relations in Indian Country.
The Reporter for the ALI's Restatement of the Law of American Indians is Professor Matthew L.M. Fletcher of Michigan State University College of Law, who also serves as Chief Justice of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians Supreme Court. Professor Wenona Singel of MSU College of Law also serves as an Associate Reporter for the Restatement. The Advisers for the Restatement include Judges William A. Fletcher and William C. Canby Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; Judge Diane P. Wood of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; Edwin S. Kneedler, Deputy United States Solicitor General; and a number of prominent law professors and practitioners in the field of federal Indian law.