Indian law should be added to the Arizona State Bar Examination for practical and professional reasons, according to an article written by two students in the College of Law's Indian Legal Program and published in the May issue of Arizona Attorney.
"State and tribal interactions are increasing at an exponential rate," wrote authors Brian Lewis and Raymond Campbell, third-year students at the College of Law who are working in its Indian Legal Clinic. "In Arizona today, attorneys need to have at least a modicum of Indian law knowledge to serve their clients competently. And learning at least some Indian law will ensure that Arizona's attorneys meet the requirements of the Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct."
Many Indian law issues may arise in Arizona, from the adoption of Indian children and probate of real property on tribal lands to auto accidents on reservations that may involve complex jurisdictional dilemmas, Lewis and Campbell wrote in the article, "Indian law: A needed addition to the Arizona Bar Exam."
The magazine invited the students to write the article, because a proposed Arizona Supreme Court rule change would include Indian law as a topic to be tested on the Bar exam. The comment period on the proposal ends May 20.
In 2003, New Mexico became the first state to include Indian law on its Bar exam, followed by Washington state in 2004, and other states are working to add it, Lewis and Campbell wrote. Arizona, the state with the largest percentage of Indian lands in the country, should not fall behind, they wrote.
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