Hogen Adams founding members Vanya S. Hogen and Andrew Adams III have received nationwide rankings in Chambers USA in Native American Law. Vanya has been selected to the Band 2 category, and Andrew has been selected to the Up and Coming category. Chambers USA ranks leading firms and attorneys in their respective areas of practice on both a state-by-state and nationwide basis (depending on whether the firms or attorneys have a national presence).
Sophomores in the Minneapolis Public Schools’ All Nations Program successfully completed the district’s first-ever Indian Law Moot Court program this semester. The six-week unit spanned social studies and English classes, and introduced students to basic legal-reasoning, legal-writing, and argumentation skills in the context of an Indian-law problem. The students analyzed an equal-protection challenge to the Minnesota Indian Family Protection Act. This framework introduced them to the concepts of race-based statutes and tribes as political bodies, and encouraged them to think critically about blood-quantum and other identity issues.
In addition to this introductory coursework, educators worked with local Indian-law practitioners to build experiential activities into the pilot curriculum. The students started the course with a research project at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law library and a mock law-school course taught by Professor Colette Routel. Throughout the course, students met with native attorneys and Indian-law practitioners and enjoyed field trips to learn about the variety of job opportunities within the legal sector. As a capstone to the course, students presented their oral arguments to practicing attorneys and sitting tribal-court judges at an all-class moot court competition.
Attorney Advisor Jessica Intermill, a founding member of Hogen Adams PLLC, appreciated the opportunity to bring Indian-law opportunities to the district. “The teachers and administrators who supported this project invested significant work and trust in these students, and it’s been a pleasure to watch that investment pay off,” she said. “I applaud the district’s willingness to introduce the field to these students so that they can see opportunities that might otherwise be hidden. Supporting tribal communities is a key value of our law firm, and it was a tremendous honor to work with the All Nations Program. We look forward to continuing to build the program in the years to come.”
The All Nations Program is a unique academic program specifically designed for American Indian students. All students across Minneapolis may apply for the program, which is housed at South High School. Hogen Adams PLLC is a boutique law firm dedicated to providing legal excellence in Indian Country. View a video recap of the All Nations Moot Court Program here. For more information about the program, please contact Jessica Intermill at [email protected] or 651-842-9100.
Shauna L. Coons has joined Hogen Adams PLLC, a boutique Indian-law firm that serves Indian Country clients nationwide. Ms. Coons is an enrolled member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Ojibwe with a demonstrated record of serving tribal governments and their business entities. She is a frequent presenter on real estate, gaming, and Indian law issues, and is an active member of the Minnesota Am
erican Indian Bar Association and the Real Property Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association. Shauna is passionate about supporting tribal communities, and Hogen Adams is excited that she shares the firm’s commitment to legal excellence in Indian Country. Learn more about Shauna’s work here.
Hogen Adams offers the unique combination of deep-rooted Indian-law experience and an agile, flexible approach to representing tribes and their business partners. For more information about Hogen Adams, visit www.hogenadams.com.
Hogen Adams is based in the Twin Cities but represents Indian tribes and their business partners nationwide. We are an experienced team who handles all aspects of Indian law for tribes and their business partners, from multi-million dollar lawsuits and arbitrations to tribal financings to day-to-day tribal governance and employment issues. We have won significant cases involving the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, treaty rights, tribal sovereign immunity, and tribal tax issues. We’ve also negotiated intergovernmental agreements, major casino developments, and complex settlements.
We are looking for an associate with 1-4 years of practice experience. Applicants must have strong writing skills and must evidence a commitment to representing tribal clients. We do not require but do prefer applicants with Indian law coursework or practice experience.
To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, law-school transcript and legal writing sample to Jessica Intermill, [email protected] by January 1, 2016.
Once again, U.S. News & World Report has named Hogen Adams PLLC to its elite U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list. For 2016, the firm is ranked Tier 1 in Minneapolis for Native American Law. The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms. Hogen Adams has earned the “Best Law Firm” designation each year since its founding.
Founding member Vanya Hogen Moline will be speaking at the 2015 National Indian Gaming Association Mid-Year Meeting at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino as part of the Gaming Law Master’s Series. Vanya will present on management contracts and her experience in the Lake of the Torches litigation on November 4. On November 5, she’ll be part of a gaming-law roundtable discussion covering the CRIT decision, the sole-proprietary-interest rule, tribal employment-law issues, and emerging gaming issues.
Hogen Adams is proud to announce that the National Center for American Indian Economic Development (NCAIED) has named Senior Associate Jessie Stomski Seim to its 2015 class of “Native American 40 Under 40” award recipients. Each year, the NCAIED selects 40 individuals from a nationwide pool of nominees under the age of 40 who have demonstrated leadership, initiative, and dedication and made significant contributions in business and their community. NCAIED will honor this year’s award recipients at a gala at the Reservation Economic Summit (RES) New Mexico, taking place from November 16-19 at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Learn more about Jessie here, and learn more about NCAIED’s 40 under 40 award, as well as the list of this year’s recipients, here.
Founding Member Jessica Intermill will speak at the inaugural conference of the Tribal In-house Counsel Association (TICA) about best practices for drafting tribal codes and regulations. The TICA conference is sponsored by the Michigan State University Indigenous Law & Policy Center. It will take place on November 5-6 at the MSU Law School in conjunction with MSU’s 12th annual Indigenous Law Conference. Learn more about the event here.
Western District of Wisconsin Grants Relief from 1991 Judgment, Allowing Tribes to Hunt Deer at Night in Ceded Territory
Last week the Western District of Wisconsin ruled that Wisconsin Chippewa tribes may exercise their treaty rights to hunt deer at night in ceded territory covering the northern one-third of Wisconsin. The decision comes after a generation of litigation.
Hogen Adams of-counsel Colette Routel led the litigation team before the Western District of Wisconsin and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Hogen Adams attorney Peter Rademacher also worked on the case at both the trial and appellate level, while he attended William Mitchell College of Law.
The decision is available here.
An article on the case is available here.
Jessica Intermill and Jessie Stomski Seim co-author Indian law article for Minnesota Bench & Bar Magazine
Hogen Adams founding member Jessica Intermill and associate attorney Jessie Stomski Seim co-author “The Nations Within: An Indian Law FAQ,” which is the feature article in the October 2015 edition of Bench & Bar of Minnesota Magazine. Bench & Bar is the official publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association, and Intermill’s and Seim’s article is the first Indian-law focused feature article that the magazine has ever published. The article is available here.
This feature article supplements Hogen Adams’ work to bring Indian law to the attention of Minnesota’s larger legal community. Jessie and Jessica worked with Bench & Bar to add Indian law to its regular roster of Landmarks in the Law case-law updates. They will continue to work with the magazine to bring Indian law content to Minnesota practitioners.