CILS Releases New ICWA Webinar Series

CILS has just released a new ICWA Webinar Series designed to provide tribal ICWA social advocates with training resources and expertise. This project was sponsored by a grant from the State of California’s Health and Human Services Agency.
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The ICWA Webinar Series will expand the skills of tribal ICWA advocates. The substantive knowledge and advocacy skills developed through these webinars will better equip the advocates to more effectively represent their tribes and clients in court leading to better outcomes for tribal children and families. The goal is to ensure that Native American children are not deprived of their Indian heritage.

CILS Promotes and Adds New Attorneys and Staff

Several personnel changes have occurred in our Sacramento and Eureka offices. Jedd Parr, Eureka Staff Attorney, has been promoted to Sacramento Directing Attorney. CILS welcomes James Flower, new Eureka Staff Attorney. James has been practicing law for more than 30 years. CILS welcomes Blake Atkerson, new Sacramento Staff Attorney. Blake is a former law clerk in the Sacramento Office. Blake is an enrolled member of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. Kimberly White is our new Legal Assistant in the Sacramento Office. Kim has extensive legal secretarial experience and joined the staff at the end of April.

In the Bishop office, Jasmine Andreas, Bishop Staff Attorney, has been promoted to Bishop Directing Attorney.

CILS Welcomes California Bar Foundation Fellow, Laura Neacato, to Bishop Office

Growing up in Southern California, Laura Neacato received her B.A. in Philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles. Throughout her undergraduate career, she focused on providing education and resources to underserved communities in both Africa and the United States.

LNeacato PhotoAs a recent law school graduate of the University of San Francisco, Laura’s work focused on International Human Rights and Bankruptcy law. As an American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence Recipient, and a United States Bankruptcy Court judicial extern for the Honorable Elaine M. Hammond, Laura found Bankruptcy as another means to provide access and justice to underserved communities.

Through USF’s International Human Rights Clinic, Laura has advocated on two separate occasions at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland as a Frank C. Newman intern and as a Human Rights Advocate representative. She has participated in the U.N. forums for the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Working Group on Business and Human Rights. Through her participation, she spoke for the need for a legally binding instrument on corporations and business enterprises in the extractive industries. Her human rights work focused on Indigenous Peoples from all over the world and the paramount need to protect these vulnerable groups from human rights violations from business, transnational and national corporations.

CILS Welcomes Intern Anna Hohag

CILS AAEAAQAAAAAAAAUgAAAAJGNhYWRhODM4LTc5OWQtNDA4Yy04YjIxLTYzNzk2YWZiNjA5Mwis pleased to host this summer Anna Hohag a law clerk from Seattle University School of Law’s Center for Indian Law & Policy to perform will drafting services for a local tribe. Originally from Bishop, Anna is a second year student at the University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, where she is president of the Native American Law Students Association. Welcome Anna!