NATIONAL TRIBAL TRIAL COLLEGE

Certificate in Tribal Court Legal Advocacy


In 6 months YOU can earn your Certificate as a Tribal Court Legal Advocate!


Learn to litigate Civil Tribal Court cases to advance safety and justice for

Native survivors of sexual violence.

What is the NTTC Certificate in Tribal Court Legal Advocacy?

The Southwest Center for Law and Policy provides free legal training on domestic and sexual violence, stalking, abuse of persons with disabilities, federal firearm violations, and elder abuse through the National Tribal Trial College (NTTC). The Tribal Court Legal Advocacy Certification course is a 6-month program that is comprised of two parts:

  • Part one (1): 20 weeks of online study and coursework.
  • Part two (2): 1 week of in-person, interactive, skill building sessions that take place at The University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison, WI.

After participants successfully complete all required course components, they will earn a certificate in Tribal Court Legal Advocacy issued jointly by the National Tribal Trial College and the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Who Should Apply for the NTTC Certificate in Tribal Court Legal Advocacy Course?

Any American Indian or Alaska Native who works with Tribal sexual assault or domestic violence programs may benefit greatly from taking part in the National Tribal Trial College Certificate in Tribal Court Legal Advocacy course. Priority admission is reserved for Tribal advocates on Tribal lands, but other individuals who show a connection to SA or DV programs will also be considered.

What the NTTC Provides

There is no tuition for qualified participants to take the online course. The Southwest Center for Law and Policy (SWCLAP) provides all course work and most reading assignments.


What the NTTC Does Not Provide

Accepted students will need to order the course textbook in order to complete the first few weeks of reading assignments. The textbook can be ordered online through Amazon.com (www.amazon.com). Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.

In addition to the 20-week online portion of the course, students are required to attend 1 week of in-person, interactive, skill building sessions that will take place during the month of July at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison, Wisconsin.

**NOTICE: Participants are responsible for the cost of their travel, lodging, and meals while on-site at the University of Wisconsin Law School.

In order to take part in the course, participants are required to have access to a computer/laptop, reliable internet connection (DSL, LAN, or cable connection desirable), access to the course website, access to a reliable telephone, as well as a current email account in order to receive course news or staff communication.

Curriculum

The NTTC Tribal Court Legal Advocacy Certificate consists of twenty (20) weeks of intensive online study. All coursework has been previously approved by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), the Southwest Center for Law and Policy (SWCLAP), and the University of Wisconsin Law School. The course load consists of weekly Lecture Videos, Written Assignments, Quizzes, Group Disscussions and student participation both online and in-person at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Please be advised that this course requires a time commitment of between 5-10 hours each week during the online portion and 45 hours for the 6-day, on-site portion of the course.

Course Topics include (but are not limited to): Legal representation of AI/AN victims of sexual violence in Tribal Courts, civil and criminal jurisdiction, historical and personal trauma, victims with special considerations, developing your case file, evidence, witnesses, utilizing custom & tradition, expert witnesses, restitution, creative civil remedies, sexual assault protection orders, due process, service of process, subpoenas, courtroom safety, opening statements, closing statements, direct examination, cross examination, objections, child custody, child support, visitation, enforcement of judgment and appeals, and litigating victim rights in criminal cases.

Faculty and Teaching Assistants

Nationally prominent Tribal judges, attorneys, and law professors from across the country instruct in the NTTC Tribal Court Legal Advocacy course. The 2018 list of course instructors is still being finalized, but below is a list of the course instructors from previous NTTC Courses:


  • Hallie Bongar White (Attorney at Law/Executive Director - Southwest Center for Law and Policy)
  • Hon. Montie R. Deer (Muscogee Creek Supreme Court)
  • Hon. Melvin R. Stoof (Pascua Yaqui Tribal Court Judge)
  • Hon. David Voluck (Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska Tribal Magistrate/Judge)
  • Sarah Deer (Professor of Law - William Mitchell College of Law)
  • James Diamond (Director, IPLP Tribal Justice Clinic; Professor of Practice, University of Arizona – College of Law)
  • Hon. James White (Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Former Supreme Court Justice for Citizen Potawatomi Nation)
  • Jeff Davis (Assistant United States Attorney)
  • David Adams (Former Assistant United States Attorney)
  • Daniel Goombi (2015 National Tribal Trial College Graduate)

2018 Course Dates & Deadlines

Applications Due: January 31st, 2018

*Applicants who miss the deadline will be considered if there is space available.

Online Course Begins: February 12th, 2018

Online Course Ends: July 1st, 2018

On-site Course: July 9th - 13th, 2018


Application Requirements

  • Completed and signed Application Form
  • Personal statement detailing the reasons why you want to complete this Certificate in Tribal Court Legal Advocacy.
  • Personal Résumé or CV
  • A signed letter from your Tribal Court clerk or current sitting Tribal Court Judge certifying that you will be allowed to practice in the specified Tribal Court once you complete the Certificate in Tribal Court Legal Advocacy.

If you have any questions or would like more information than what is provided here, please contact us:

Southwest Center for Law and Policy

4015 E Paradise Falls Drive

Suite #131

Phone: (520) 623-8192

Email: info@nttconline.org

*National Tribal Trial College is a project of the Southwest Center for Law and Policy (www.swclap.org)

This project was supported by Grant No. 2017-TA-AX-K024, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.