The 16th Annual Rennard Strickland Lecture will take place on Monday, October 24th at 6:00pm in Room 175 of the William W. Knight Law Center of the University of Oregon School of Law. The lecture will also be available live online. This hybrid event is free and open to the public. This year we welcome Matthew L.M. Fletcher (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa) as our guest speaker.
This lecture is part of a series established by the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center in 2006 to honor Rennard Strickland, late dean of University of Oregon School of Law. Strickland served as Oregon Law's dean from 1997 to 2002 and remained part of the law school's faculty until his retirement in 2006. He was Osage, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, and widely regarded as a national leader in Indian law and policy. The Rennard Strickland Lecture series is designed to recognize and underscore the importance of Indigenous environmental leadership in the 21st century, in keeping with Strickland's vision for an "Indian future" (Tonto's Revenge 1997).
Mathew L.M Fletcher is the Harry Burns Hutchins Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School. He currently sits as the Chief Justice of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. Fletcher also serves as an appellate judge for the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, the Colorado River Indian Tribes, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, the Hoopa Valley Tribe, the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of Potawatomi Indians, the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, the Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska, and the Tulalip Tibes. He is a member of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.
Past lecturers include:
Professor Mary Wood, University of Oregon School of Law
Professor William Rodgers, University of Washington School of Law
Professor Rebecca Tsosie, University of Arizona Law
Former Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk, Department of the Interior
Former Solicitor Hillary Tompkins, Department of the Interior
Former Deputy Solicitor for Indian Affairs Patrice Kunesh, Department of the Interior
Professor Robert Anderson, University of Washington School of Law (now serving as Principal Deputy Solicitor, Department of the Interior)
Former Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn, Department of the Interior
Professor Robert Williams, University of Arizona Law School
Professor Carole Goldberg, University of California Los Angeles Law School
Dean James Anaya, University of Colorado School of Law
Professor Gerald Torres, Yale Law School
Mary Kathryn Nagle, Pipestem Law
President Fawn Sharp, Quinault Tribe and President of the National Congress of American Indians
Professor Stacy Leeds, Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
The Rennard Strickland Lecture is a signature event at Oregon Law appreciating native leadership and vision for environmental stewardship in the 21st century. The 16th Annual Rennard Strickland Lecture is sponsored by the University of Oregon School of Law Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center, the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, the Department of Native American and Indigenous Studies, the Native Environmental Sovereignty Project, and the Environment Initiative.
More information about the event can be found here.