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Office of Justice Services to Hold Third Tribal Court Trial Advocacy Training Session on July 22-25 in Reno

Training to focus on illegal narcotics cases, includes roundtable discussion on Violence Against Women Act

WASHINGTON – The Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services will offer the next in its series of training sessions for tribal court personnel on July 22-25, 2013, in Reno, Nev., with cases focusing on illegal narcotics.

Because of a high level of interest, the Office of Justice Services (OJS) is continuing to provide legal training it successfully held in 2012 to new groups of tribal court prosecutors, defenders and judges to improve their trial advocacy skills. The training focuses on cases involving the trafficking of illegal narcotics, domestic violence and sexual assault on children and adults.

The first two sessions in the 2013 Tribal Court Trial Advocacy Training Program series took place May 14-16 in Missoula, Mont., with a focus on domestic violence cases, and June 17-20 in Grand Forks, N.D., with cases concerning sexual assaults on children. Remaining training sessions and topics in the 2013 series are: August 6-9 in Philadelphia, Miss. (domestic violence) and December 2-5 in Oklahoma City (sexual assault on adults). All of the sessions include a roundtable discussion on the Violence Against Women Act.

Tribal court trial advocacy training is mandated by the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 and is being conducted under the Tribal Court Trial Advocacy Training Program – a joint effort of the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that furthers the mandate of the Act to strengthen tribal sovereignty over criminal justice matters on federal Indian lands by sharpening the skills of those who practice within the tribal court system.

The program is the result of a collaborative effort by the OJS and the DOJ’s Access to Justice Initiative to offer trial advocacy training with courses designed specifically for tribal courts and free training to the judges, public defenders and prosecutors who work in them. Training will be

conducted by working law professionals using instructional materials prepared by experts

knowledgeable about tribal court issues. The program is unique for its public defenders training.

President Obama signed the Violence Against Women Act on March 7, 2013. It includes

important provisions for federally recognized tribes to combat violence against Native women

such as homicide, rape, assault and battery in the home, workplace and on school campuses

throughout Indian Country.

WHO: Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services.

WHAT: The third of five 2013 Tribal Court Trial Advocacy Training Program sessions

mandated under the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 to improve the trial

advocacy skills of tribal court prosecutors, defenders and judges.

WHEN: July 22-25, 2013 (PDT)

Monday, July 22: 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 23: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, July 24: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 25: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: Peppermill Resort Spa Casino, 2707 South Virginia Street, Reno, Nev. 89502;

Phone: 775-826-2121.

CREDENTIALS: This invitation is extended to credentialed media representatives, who must

display sanctioned media credentials for admittance to the event.


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