UW-Madison: Indigenous Law Students Association hosts 26th annual Coming Together of the Peoples Conference

CONTACT: Meredith Davis, (314) 315-7749, [email protected]

MADISON – The Indigenous Law Students Association (ILSA) will host its 26th annual Coming Together of the Peoples Conference March 23-24 in Union South at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The ILSA exists to provide an organization and forum for University of Wisconsin law students while contributing to the advancement of indigenous peoples. ILSA continues to host the longest student-run conference on Indian law to advance the development of scholarship in Indian law.

Before the conference, a welcoming reception takes place from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Brocach Irish Pub, 7 W. Main St., Madison.

The conference begins at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 23, with a drum ceremony and traditional prayer. Keynote speaker Judge Amanda Rockman, interim chief judge of the Ho-Chunk Nation Trial Court, will speak at 2 p.m. about the importance of community involvement.

The conference will include discussions about domestic violence on tribal lands, non-traditional uses of intellectual property law, community service, juvenile justice, membership debates and ways recognition has been used to influence them and the applicability of international law to indigenous rights.

The conference facilitates forums, communication, and the advancement of Indigenous Peoples, and especially fosters communication among Indigenous and non-Indigenous law students, UW students, the UW Law faculty and staff, as well the Indigenous community and community at large.

For a full schedule and more information on ILSA, visit http://uwilsa.com/conference-2/2012-conference.