Current Plaudits

Aliza Organick

Associate professor, School of Law


  • The Tribal Court Practice: A Context and Practice Handbook (with Tonya Kowalski) (Textbook Series) (Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming 2011).


  • "Holding Back the Tide: The Existing Indian Family Doctrine and its Continued Denial of the Right to Culture for Indigenous Children," in Facing the Future: The Indian Child Welfare Act at 30 (Matthew L. M. Fletcher, Wenona T. Singel, Kathryn E. Fort, eds.) (Michigan State University Press) (December 2009).

Journal articles

  • "Listening to Indigenous Voices: The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and What it Means to U.S. Tribes," U.C. Davis Journal of International Law & Policy (forthcoming 2010).
  • "Tribal Law and Best Practices in Legal Education: Creating a New Path for the Study of Tribal Law," 19 Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy 63 (2009).
  • "From Conflict to Cooperation: State and Tribal Court Relations in the Era of Self-Determination," 45 Court Review 48 (with Tonya Kowalski) (2009).


  • "Introducing Indigenous Legal Theory into Clinical Practice," Australian National Conference on Clinical and Experiential Learning, University of New South Wales, Sydney, September 2011
  • "Knowing, Thinking, Doing: A Discussion on Doctrine, Theory and Practice of Indigenous Law, Education and the Clinical Experience," Indian Law Clinics and Externship Symposium, Vancouver, British Columbia, May 2011
  • "Indigenous LEgal Theory and Tribal Court Practice: Where the Rubber Meets the Road," Practicing Law in Tribal Courts, Suffolk University Law School, Boston, Mass, March 2011
  • "Cultivating Native Intellect and Philosophy: A Community Symposium Honoring the Contributions of Christine Zuni Cruz," University New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, March 2011
  • "Losing Sight of the Counter-Narrative: The Unintended Consequences of the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010" (panelist), Gender Justice and Indian Sovereignty: Native American Women and the Law, Women and the Law Conference, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, Calif., February 2011
  • "Re-envisioning Tribal and State Relationships: The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a Blueprint?" International Law: Future Impacts on the Tribal-Federal Relationship, University of Tulsa (Okla.) College of Law, October 2010
  • "The Kansas Act and Recent Case Decisions Impacting Tribal Court Jurisdiction" (roundtable discussant), Native Nations Law Symposium, Mayetta, Kans., February 2010  
  • "Listening to Indigenous Voices: The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People to Strengthen Tribal Sovereignty" (moderator) and "Criminalization of Poverty" (panelist), Interconnections of Law and Poverty and Impacts on Indigenous Peoples and Other Communities of Color, Indian Law Clinics and Externship Programs Symposium, Albuquerque, N.M., June 2009
  • "Hearing Indigenous Voices: Looking Toward the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People to Strengthen Tribal Sovereignty," Socio-Legal Studies Association Conference, De Montfort University Law School, Leicester, United Kingdom, April 2009.
  • "Teaching Culture in the Classroom: Tribal Law and Best Practices in Legal Education," Tulsa University School of Law, Tulsa, Okla., February 2009
  • "Teaching Culture in the Classroom: Tribal Law and Best Practices in Legal Education," Innovations in Tribal Governance, Tribal Law & Government Conference, University of Kansas, Lawrence, February 2009
  • "Substantive Criminal Law in Tribal Court" and "Tribal Court Practice," multi-session panels at Introduction to Tribal Court Practice, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, Mayetta, Kans., October 2008 (with John Francis and Tonya Kowalski)
  • "Community Lawyering in Indigenous Communities: How are We Responding in the Academy?" (panelist), Moving Towards Best Practices for Indigenous Representation: Listening to Our Communities, Assessing our Past, Reframing our Future, Indian Law Clinics and Externship Programs Symposium, Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M., June 2008
  • "The Role of Culture in Teaching about Other Legal Systems" (commentator), International Association of Law Schools Education Program, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, May 2008
  • "Reflecting on Mistakes and Accomplishments of the Clinical Movement to Plan for a Successful Future" (panelist),  Association of American Law Schools Conference on Clinical Legal Education, Tucson, Ariz., May 2008
  • "Summation: Bringing It All Together," Advocating for the Child with Mental Disabilities, Kansas Association of Counsel for Children and the Washburn University School of Law Children and Family Law Center, Topeka, March 2008
  • "Local Knowledge, Tribal Institutions, and Federal Indian Law" (panelist),  Tribal Law and Government Conference, Lawrence, Kans., February 2008

Offices and appointments

  • Board of directors, National Native American Bar Association, 2011-13
  • Kansas Supreme Court Task Force on Permanency Planning, October 2010 - June 2010