MSU College of Law News

New Grant to Facilitate Indigenous Law and Policy Center Goals

$15,000 granted to program committed to Indian Law

Contact: Katie Gallagher, MSU College of Law, (517) 432-6848,

Jan.12, 2007

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Indigenous Law and Policy Center at Michigan State University College of Law today welcomed a $15,000 grant from comprehensive information provider, LexisNexis.

The LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell (LNMH) Legal Fellowship enables the Indigenous Law and Policy Center the means to pursue its goals of increasing awareness of indigenous legal issues; encouraging law students to practice Indian law; supporting those students studying Indian law; and recruiting Native students to attend law school.

“The mission of our program at MSU Law coincides with the mission of the fellowship,” Professor Matthew L.M. Fletcher, director of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center said. “Both are committed to the advancement of education in an area of law that has been historically underserved and we are committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession.”

Funds from the LNMH Legal Fellowship will be used in part to support and expand the Indigenous Law and Policy Center’s annual conference which provides a unique opportunity for its students to meet and listen to top Indian law scholars speak on important legal issues in Indian Country; initiate a speakers series at the law college; support current Indian law students; and recruit Native high school and college students in the study of law.

Fletcher concluded: “We are pleased that LexisNexis awarded our program with this grant so that we can better pursue the goals of the Indigenous Law and Policy Center and continue to excel in the study of Indian Law.”

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