NNBA 2020 Webinar Sessions

"Looking to the Future"

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The Navajo Nation Bar Association (NNBA) has applied for CLE credit from the Navajo Nation CLE Committee. Pending Navajo CLE credit for each session is listed along with session information. Navajo Nation Bar Association members must earn at least 6 general credits and 2 ethics credits in Navajo law each year to maintain active bar membership status.

 

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Title: Opening Prayer

Speaker: Honorable Albert Hale, former Navajo Nation President

Time: 3 minutes, 59 seconds

Title: President's Welcome

Speaker: Troy Eid, President, Navajo Nation Bar Association, Inc.

Time: 10 minutes, 22 seconds

Title: Keynote Address: A Historical Perspective on Dine Bii Naat'aanii

Speaker: Honorable Peter MacDonald, former Navajo Nation Chairman and Code Talker

Description: Former Navajo Nation Chairman Peter MacDonald discusses the historical perspectives in comparing the differences from the Chairman and Vice-Chairman to the current President and Vice-President governance systems, in addition to providing context on how the prior system worked with the Navajo Nation Council. Former Chairman MacDonald further provides his perspectives on leadership on Navajo.

Time: Part 1: 29 minutes, 44 seconds

  Part 2: 23 minutes, 29 seconds

  Part 3: 22 minutes, 26 seconds

  Total: 1 hours, 15 minutes, 39 seconds

Navajo CLE Credit: 1.0 NNCLE pending 

Title: Keynote Address: The Systematic Failure of the Indian Health Service System

Speaker: Dan Frosch, Reporter for the Wall Street Journal

Description: Journalist Dan Frosch discusses the results of investigative journalism into issues in the Indian Health Service system.

Time: 20 minutes, 24 seconds

No CLE Credit Available.

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Title: Making the NNBA Bar Exam 'More Navajo': The Four Directions Approach to Applied Dine Fundamental Law

Speaker: Honorable Robert Yazzie, Chief Justice Emeritus, Navajo Nation Supreme Court

Description: The Honorable Robert Yazzie, Chief Justice Emeritus of the Navajo Supreme Court, discusses possible changes to the NNBA Bar Exam with President Troy Eid.

Time: 1 hour, 41 minutes, 55 seconds

Navajo CLE Credit: 1.5 NNCLE credit pending

Title: Fundamental Law on Leadership

Moderator: Rhonda L. Tuni, Treasurer, Navajo Nation Bar Association, Inc.

Speaker: Shawn Attakai

Description: Shawn Attakai is a blessing way practitioner and Staff Attorney for the Navajo Nation Judicial Branch working at the Crownpoint Judicial District. Mr. Attakai has an extensive background in the Navajo fundamental laws, customs and traditions. The interview focuses on Navajo case law and recognized traditional perspectives on Navajo leadership within the Nation drawing from Mr. Attakai’s background.  

Time: 51 minutes, 7 seconds

Navajo CLE Credit: 1.0 NNCLE credit pending

Title: Navajo Peacemaking​

Speaker: LaVerne H. Garnenez, Vice President, Navajo Nation Bar Association, Inc.

Description: LaVerne H. Garnenez provides an overview of the Peacemaking Program and its use of the Diné Thought Process in providing various services.

Materials: Ms. Garnenez prepared the attached materials to go with her presentation.

Time:

Part 1: 30 minutes, 44 seconds

Part 2: 20 minutes, 16 seconds

Total: 51 minutes

Navajo CLE Credit: 1.0 NNCLE credit pending

Title: Dine Bii Naat'aanii Discussions

Moderator: Rhonda Tuni, Treasurer, Navajo Nation Bar Association, Inc.

Speaker: Honorable Speaker Seth Damon; Honorable Delegate Carl Slater; Honorable Delegate Eugenia Charles-Newton; Former Navajo Nation Attorney General Ethel Branch; and Former Navajo Nation Chief Prosecutor Gertrude Lee

Description: The Diné Bii Naat’áanii Discussions focuses on what it means to be a leader of the People and the different perspectives and viewpoints on leadership within the Nation. The individual discussions are drawn from their backgrounds and experiences as leaders; perspectives on the forward projections of the Nation as it is continuing to evolve and grow; and general advice to the next generation of up and coming leaders.

Time: Delegate Eugenia Charles-Newton: 55 minutes, 30 seconds

  Delegate Carl Slater: 37 minutes, 52 seconds

  Speaker Seth Damon: 1 hour, 1 minute, 32 seconds

  Former Attorney General Ethel Branch: 1 hour, 6 minutes, 27 seconds

  Former Chief Prosecutor Gertrude Lee: 44 minutes, 16 seconds

Total: 4 hours, 29 minutes, 37 seconds

Navajo CLE Credit: 4.5 NNCLE credit pending

Title: Navajo Nation Supreme Court Hearing: Whitetail-Eagle v The Navajo Nation Ramah Chapter, Office of Grants and Contracts

Presiding: Honorable Chief Justice JoAnn Jayne; Honorable Eleanor Shirley; Honorable Tina Tsinigine

Description: The Supreme Court of the Navajo Nation addresses an employment grievance filed by a contracted employee of the Navajo Ramah Chapter in the Office of Hearings and Appeals under the NPEA’s Grievance Procedure for Navajo Nation Government Employees.

Materials: Briefing materials for the case are included.

Time: 1 hour, 17 minutes, 59 seconds

Navajo CLE Credit: 1.0 NNCLE credit pending

Title: Navigating Navajo Nation Domestic Violence in Federal Court

Introduction: Honorable Diane Humetewa, U.S. District Judge, District of Arizona

Moderator: Honorable Camille Bibles, U.S. Magistrate Judge, District of Arizona

Speakers: Michelle Lynskey, Victim Witness Specialist with the Department of Justice; Luke Mulligan, Federal Public Defender; and Kiyoko Patterson, Assistant U.S. Attorney

Description: Judge Bibles facilitates a conversation about how Navajo Nation domestic violence cases are handled the Arizona federal court system.

Time: 1 hour, 6 minutes, 32 seconds

Navajo CLE Credit: 1.0 NNCLE credit pending

Title: Navajo Nation Judge's Panel

Moderator: Honorable Allison Eid, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit

Speakers: Honorable Malcolm Begay, Navajo Nation District Court Judge, Window Rock Judicial District; Honorable Neomi Gilmore, Navajo Nation District Court Judge, Dilkon Judicial District; and Honorable Letitia Stover, Navajo Nation District Court Judge, Kayenta Judicial District

Description: Honorable Allison Eid, a Judge on U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, interviews three Navajo Nation District Court judges about becoming a Navajo Nation judge and about the challenges of providing judicial services during the COVID pandemic.

Time: 1 hour, 11 minutes, 39 seconds

Navajo CLE Credit: 1.0 NNCLE credit pending

Title: Make Life Good: Navajo Case Law Discussing Professional Conduct (Ethics)

Speaker: Gertrude Lee, Senior Trial Attorney, San Juan County District Attorney’s Office

Description: San Juan County District Attorney and former Navajo Nation Chief Prosecutor Gertrude Lee discusses an overview of some Navajo Nation case law that discusses ethical conduct in Navajo Nation courts.

Time: 54 minutes, 2 seconds

Navajo CLE Credit: 1.0 NNCLE Ethics credit pending

Title: Federal Litigation Update

Speaker: Paul Spruhan, Assistant Attorney General – Litigation Unit, Navajo Nation Department of Justice

Description: Navajo Nation Assistant Attorney General Paul Spruhan provides an update on the federal litigation in which the Navajo Nation is currently a party.
Materials: 

Time: 1 hour, 1 minute, 32 seconds

Navajo CLE Credit: 1.0 NNCLE credit pending

Title: My Life in the Law: A Fireside Chat with former Navajo Nation President Albert Hale 

Moderator: Troy Eid, President, Navajo Nation Bar Association, Inc.

Speaker: Honorable Albert Hale, former Navajo Nation President

Description: Former Navajo Nation President Albert Hale discusses his life in the law, and issues for the Navajo Nation government raised by the ongoing pandemic, with NNBA President Troy Eid.

Materials: Honorable Albert Hale published a series of articles in the Navajo Times in 2020, included with this presentation.

Time: 1 hour, 22 minutes, 13 seconds

Navajo CLE Credit: 1.5 NNCLE credit pending

Title: Ethics and the NNBA Disciplinary Committee

Speaker: Jay Mason, Chair, Navajo Nation Bar Association Disciplinary Committee

Description: Jay Mason, Chair of the NNBA Disciplinary Committee, discusses hypothetical ethical questions based on issues that have come before the Disciplinary Committee recently.

Time: 51 minutes, 26 seconds

Navajo CLE Credit: 1.0 NNCLE Ethics credit pending

Title: Update from the NNBA Rules Committee

Speaker: Alvina Earnhart, Chair, Navajo Nation Bar Association Rules Committee

Time: 31 minutes, 17 seconds

Survey Monkey Link: Alvina Earnhart, Rules Committee Presentation

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No CLE Credit Available

Title: Update from the NNBA Training Committee

Speaker: Paul Spruhan, Chair, Navajo Nation Bar Association Training Committee

Time: 3 minutes, 35 seconds

No CLE Credit Available

Title: Update from the NNBA Admission Committee

Speaker: Ray Etcitty, Chair, Navajo Nation Bar Association Admissions Committee

Time: 3 minutes, 23 seconds

No CLE Credit Available

Title: Update from the NNBA Judicial Evaluation Committee

Speaker: Judy Apachee, Chair, Navajo Nation Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Committee

Time: 27 minutes, 7 seconds

No CLE Credit Available

Title: Update from the NNBA CLE committee

Speaker: Judy Dworkin, Chair, Navajo Nation Bar Association CLE Committee

Time: 19 minutes, 4 seconds

No CLE Credit Available

TOTAL PENDING NAVAJO CLE CREDIT: 14.5 hours general Navajo law credits, 2 hours Navajo ethics credit.

 

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