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American Indian Law Review

The American Indian Law Review serves as a nationwide scholarly forum for analysis of developments in legal issues pertaining to Native Americans and indigenous peoples worldwide. 

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Who We Are

The American Indian Law Review serves as a nationwide scholarly forum for analysis of developments in legal issues pertaining to Native Americans and indigenous peoples worldwide. Publishing two issues each year, AILR circulates in-depth articles by legal scholars, attorneys and other expert observers. In addition, the Review provides comments and notes written by student members and editors on a variety of Indian law-related topics.

Every spring AILR hosts one of the nation’s largest symposia on Native American law, in partnership with OU’s Native American Studies Department and the Native American Law Students Association. AILR also sponsors an annual Indian law writing competition, which is open to currently enrolled law students throughout the United States and Canada. The top three entries are awarded cash prizes and the first place entry is published in the Review.

Founded in 1973 by an enterprising group of students, AILR consistently boasts a diverse membership dedicated to the study of Native American law. Approximately fifty OU Law students participate in AILR each academic year.

What's New at AILR

The rules sheet has been posted for the American Indian Law Review's 2018-2019 national writing competition.  First prize is $1,000 and the deadline for entries is Jan. 31, 2019. See the Writing Competition page for details.

The newest issue of the American Indian Law Review, vol. 42, no. 2, was published in October and is now available in PDF format at the Current Issues page. This issue features "The Misuse of History in Dismissing Six Nations Confederacy Land Claims," an article by Curtis G. Berkey, Alexandra C. Page, and Lindsay G. Robertson. Also featured in this issue are a selection of student comments and notes, plus the first-place appellate brief in the 2018 Native American Law Student Association Moot Court Competition.

Vol. 42, no. 1 of the AILR is also available in PDF format at the Current Issues page. This issue featured the articles "Through a Federal Habeas Corpus Glass, Darkly – Who Is Entitled to Effective Assistance of Counsel in Tribal Court Under ICRA and How Will We Know if They Got It?," by Jordan Gross, professor of law at the University of Montana; and "Tribal Sovereignty and the Recognition Power" by Lance F. Sorenson, fellow at Stanford Law School. Also featured in this issue was the winning paper in the AILR's 2016-17 writing competition, "Lessons from Relocations Past: Climate Change, Tribes, and the Need for Pragmatism in Community Relocation Planning," by Eli Keene.

Serving on the American Indian Law Review editorial board for 2018-2019 are: Editor-in-Chief: Alyssa Lankford; Managing Editor: Kady Billam; Executive Editor: Shae Weathersbee; Articles Development Editor: Johnathon  Loera; Business Development Editor: Elizabeth Stevens; Assistant Managing Editors: Kevin Cartwright, Sophia Fernald, Greg Keogh, and Molly Richey; Assistant Executive Editors: Jacy Chafin, Taylor Ledford, Morgan Medders, Hannah White, and Kaimbri White.  Serving in appointed editorial positions for 2018-2019 are: Research Editors: Calandra McCool, Wynne Brantlinger, and Umar Ali; Competitions Editor: Amanda Jespersen.

How to Contact Us

Alyssa Lankford, Editor-in-Chief:, (405) 325-2840

Michael Waters, Editorial Advisor:, (405) 325-5191

The American Indian Law Review is dedicated to publishing scholarly work in the field of federal Indian law and issues affecting indigenous peoples. The editorial board consists of law students, not licensed attorneys, and cannot provide legal advice. For assistance with legal issues please contact your local legal aid society.

AILR may be contacted by regular mail at: American Indian Law Review, University of Oklahoma College of Law, 300 Timberdell Road, Norman, OK 73019

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