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U.S. DOI v. Navajo Nation: Indian Water, Federal Trust, and SCOTUS

Total Credits: 1 CLE

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Environmental & Water Law |  Indian Law
Prof Alex Pearl |  Stephen Greetham
1 Hour 01 Minutes
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Mar 29, 2023


Co-Sponsored by Tribal In-House Counsel Association and Indian Law Section

Update on current Supreme Court case regarding if the federal government has a duty to evaluate and address the Navajo Nation’s need for water from specific sources.

Alex Pearl, Professor of Law, University of Oklahoma College of Law; Affiliate Faculty, South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center

Stephen Greetham, Greetham Law, P.L.L.C.

Doreen McPaul, Esq.; President, Tribal In-House Counsel Association
Virjinya Torrez, Assistant Attorney General, Pascua Yaqui Tribe; Secretary, Tribal In-House Counsel Association



Prof Alex Pearl Related seminars and products

Professor of Law

University of Oklahoma College of Law

M. Alexander Pearl, Professor of Law at OU College of Law. Professor Pearl is an enrolled citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. He is a nationally recognized scholar in the fields of water law, climate change law and policy, Indigenous legal/social issues, and statutory interpretation. His research focuses both on distinct concepts within these fields as well as intersectional issues that cross legal fields and social dynamics. He regularly works collaboratively with scientists and scholars in related fields to produce practical and theoretical scholarship. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor's degree in Philosophy, Professor Pearl obtained his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley-School of Law. While at Berkeley Law, he was on Law Review, chaired the Native American Law Student Association, and was a research assistant for the late esteemed scholar of Indian Law and statutory interpretation, Professor Philip Frickey. From Berkeley Law, Professor Pearl returned to Oklahoma where he clerked for the Honorable William J. Holloway Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. After completing his clerkship, Professor Pearl worked as an associate at Kilpatrick Townsend in Washington, D.C. where he exclusively represented Indian tribes and individual Indians in a variety of capacities and in a diverse array of fora. Professor Pearl joined the faculty at the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2020. For the previous six years, he was a member of the faculty at Texas Tech University School of Law. While there, he was the Director of the Texas Tech University School of Law Center for Water Law and Policy. In addition, Professor Pearl was affiliate faculty with the Texas Tech Climate Science Center, where we worked with faculty from a variety of academic departments to address climate change issues at all levels. During his tenure at Texas Tech University, Professor Pearl received the President's Excellence in Teaching Award, the Hemphill-Wells Excellence in Teaching Award, the Alumni Association New Faculty Award, and the 1L Professor of the Year Award. Professor Pearl's academic career started at Florida International Award, where he was given the Impact Award by the student body for the 2013-14 academic year. Professor Pearl is admitted to practice in Oklahoma, the District of Columbia, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and D.C Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Education B.A., University of Oklahoma J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law

Stephen Greetham Related seminars and products

serves as Senior Counsel to the Chickasaw Nation, in which capacity he manages complex litigation on the Nation’s behalf and works closely with tribal leadership on matters of economic development, resource management and protection, and intergovernmental affairs. He also is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where he regularly teaches Federal Indian Water Law. Greetham was formerly a partner in the Nordhaus Law Firm (Albuquerque, NM), where he served as counsel to several American Indian tribes, and was adjunct faculty for the University of New Mexico School of Law, where he taught Federal Indian tax, and Indian gaming law. 12/17



Overall:      4.5

Total Reviews: 15


Catherine W

"Better to have someone who knows Indian water law give the presentation."

Anthony P

"Wonderfully insightful information presented in a digestible and engaging manner. "

Joan B

"No PowerPoint presentation and only one speaker"

Kalyn B

"Very timely and relevant."

Lara H

"clear, well spoken"

Louis d

"Great summary. Would have also liked a power point"