The Columbia Law School chapter of the National Native American Law Students Association (NNALSA) will host the organization’s 12th annual writing competition during the 2012-13 academic year.  In March of 2012, CJRL agreed to partner with Columbia NALSA to publish the winning article.  A member of the Journal’s editorial board will serve on the national selection committee and ensure that the editorial board prepares the winning article for publication.  The Journal’s editorial board agreed to join the partnership by a unanimous vote, according to Jade Craig, the Journal’s former Editor-in-Chief.  “The Journal believes that it is important to ensure that scholarly voices on American Indian legal issues have a prominent place in academic discourse and inform the legal community’s understanding of the challenges and how to craft solutions,” Craig said.  “The Journal is excited to bring even more diverse scholarship to our readers and support NNALSA’s work through this partnership.”

Columbia’s Native American Law Students Association was founded in 1989 to foster academic support for Native American students and others interested in American Indian legal issues. In addition to providing support to Native American law students, Columbia NALSA has focused on increasing Indian recruitment in response to the historically low Indian enrollment at law schools. It also sponsors several educational and social events annually.

The NNALSA was founded in 1970 to promote the study of Federal Indian Law, Tribal Law, and traditional forms of governance, as well as to support Native Americans in law school. It strives to reach out to native communities and encourage their members to pursue legal education and to educate the legal community about Native American issues. Attendees at the 37th annual conference included legal experts from the field of Indian law, tribal judges, state attorneys general, law students, and federal attorneys.