Lunch Talk With Professor Bethany Berger, YLS ‘96
In the fall, as part of the Alliance for Diversity’s Perspectives lecture series, we invited Bethany Berger, a Yale Law alumna and professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law, to speak. Professor Berger’s talk was entitled Equality Conflicts Within Federal Indian Law: From Global Warming to the Violence Against Women Act. She discussed efforts for tribes to gain jurisdiction in the Violence Against Women Act, the Kivalina Tribe’s efforts to win compensation for the drowning of their native village in Alaska due to climate change, a ski resort’s desecration of the Sacred San Francisco Peaks, and treaty fishing disputes.
Coffee Chat with Susan Casey-Lefkowitz of NRDC
On April 8, 2013, NALSA co-sponsored with the Yale Environmental Law Association a coffee chat with Susan Casey-Lefkowitz of the Natural Resources Defense Council. She spoke about her career in domestic and international environmental law and her efforts to stop the Tarsands and Keystone XL Pipeline, both of which may have devastating consequences for Canadian and American tribes.
Screening of Climate Change Litigation Documentary
On April 17, 2013, NALSA and the Yale Environmental Law Association co-sponsored a screening of the TRUST Films documentary series about youth and climate change. These short films tell the story of youth, including American Indians, who are brining legal challenges to defend their right to a healthy atmosphere and a stable climate. Kelly Matheson, the director, was present to discuss the films after the screening.