Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tribal Court Judge David Voluck discusses Indian Country, tribal courts, and Native law

Tribal Judge Voluck (at podium) presents a context for tribal courts and Native law.

Tribal Judge David Voluck spoke on November 18 about "The Resurgence of Tribal Courts: A Tribal Judge's Perspective" at the UAA/APU Consortium Library.

Judge Voluck is an attorney in Sitka, and in 2008 was appointed Chief Judge of the Sitka Tribal Court. In 2010, he was appointed Magistrate/Judge for the Central Council of the Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes. Judge Voluck was appointed Presiding Judge Pro Tem in 2012 for the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island Tribal Government.  His legal experience includes work for the Sitka Tribe of Alaska and as a member of the law firm of Landye, Bennett, and Blumstein, LLP.  Judge Voluck is the co-author with David Case of the legal treatise, Alaska Natives and American Laws. He is a noted lecturer on a variety of topics related to Indian law, tribal courts, Native culture, and their interplay with religion.

Judges from Kenaitze Indian Tribe Tribal Court also attended the event and participated in the question and answer session.
Prof. Ryan Fortson, J.D., Ph.D., was the faculty coordinator for this event.

L to r: Kenaitze Tribal Court Judge Rusty Swan, Tribal Court Judge David Voluck,
Kenaitze Chief Tribal Court Judge Kim Sweet, Kenaitze Tribal Court Judge Susan Wells, and Prof Ryan Fortson.