Free Training for Tribal Judges and Attorneys


free training opportunity for Tribal judges and attorneys

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services/Tribal Justice Support and Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, are presenting a legal training workshop on the subject of secured transactions laws that is specifically designed for tribal judges and tribal attorneys, as well those engaged in contracting and business development.

Bloomington, MN
May 8-9, 2013
Park Plaza Hotel, 4460 W. 78th Street Circle, Bloomington, MN 55435     Phone: 1-888-287-8265

Increasing numbers of Tribes and their members are regularly engaging in commercial transactions, and Tribes are responding by enacting commercial laws to help build the legal infrastructure that will help  support sound business development.  One very important commercial law addresses secured transactions, a key component of the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC). This comprehensive two-day workshop will focus primarily on the provisions of the Model Tribal Secured Transactions Act, which has been enacted by many tribes. The workshop will offer instruction on the basics of secured transactions law, including the use of such personal property as inventory, equipment, receivables, and consumer goods as collateral for extensions of credit. Specific topics will include the conditions that must be satisfied for  a lender to obtain an enforceable security interest in a borrower’s collateral; the importance of a sound central filing system by which secured lenders may make their security interests known to the public, thereby giving prospective secured creditors and buyers of the collateral the means to learn about existing security interests; the rules that govern the prioritization of rights in the collateral when competing claims arise;  the procedures that a secured creditor must follow to realize upon its collateral if the borrower defaults on its repayment obligation; and the rules that protect the rights of both consumer and business borrowers. The workshops will also address aspects of secured transactions law that are unique to tribal jurisdictions.

Instructors: The instructors for the workshop are William H. Henning, Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Alabama School of Law, Maylinn Smith, Associate Professor of Law, University of Montana School of Law, and Susan Woodrow, Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis/Helena Montana Branch. Each of the instructors has expertise in secured transactions law and each was instrumental in the development of the Model Tribal Secured Transactions Act. They bring unique and diverse perspectives to the workshops. Professor Henning is a respected national and international scholar and lecturer on secured transactions law, Professor Smith has extensive experience as a tribal trial and appellate judge and also as legal counsel, and Ms. Woodrow is an expert on the requirements for sound economic development.

Tuition and comprehensive curricula materials are FREE, however ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

Forms to apply for CLE credits will be available.

Park Plaza Hotel, 4460 W. 78th Street Circle, Bloomington, MN 55435      Phone: 1-888-287-8265    

For information about the workshop, please contact Susan Woodrow at or 406-447-3806; or Katherine Scotta at katherine.scotta or 202-208-6711.

For information about registration, please contact Craig Nolte at, or 206-396-2192.


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