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Faculty Profile

Melissa L. Tatum

Research Professor of Law

E-mail:  Melissa L. Tatum
Office Number: 266
Office Phone: (520) 626-9762

Courses Taught:
Dissertation - Law 920
Colloquium Speaker Series - Law 695A
NALSA Moot Court - Law 661C
Cultural Property of Indigenous Peoples - Law 656F
Constitutions of Indigenous Nations - Law 631L
Jurisdiction in Indian Country (Aug. 25-29: MTWTh 6:00-8:30 & F 9:00-11:00) - Law 631G
Who Owns Native Culture? - Law 631F
The Law of Gaming and Gambling - Law 631E
Conflict of Laws - Law 623
Addressing Domestic Violence (in Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana) More info - Law 572A


Curriculum Vitae
SSRN Published Papers

Biographical Information

Professor Tatum specializes in tribal jurisdiction and tribal courts, as well as in issues relating to cultural property and sacred places. She was a contributing author to Felix Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law, and has written extensively about both civil and criminal procedural issues, as well as about the relationship between tribal, state, and federal courts. Professor Tatum has served on task forces in Michigan and New Mexico charged with developing procedures to facilitate cross-jurisdictional enforcement of protection orders, and has taught seminars on domestic violence and protection orders throughout the United States for judges, attorneys, law enforcement, and victim advocates, including at the National Tribal Judicial Center. Between 1999 and 2006 she served as a judge on the Southwest Intertribal Court of Appeals. Professor Tatum joined the University of Arizona faculty in January 2009, after serving as a faculty member at the University of Tulsa for more than thirteen years.

Education

University of Michigan Law School, J.D. (1992) 
Trinity University, B.A. (1989) 

Professional Work Experience

Research Professor of Law & Director, Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy Program, James E. Rogers College of Law, 2012 - present
Research Professor of Law & Associate Director, Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy Program, James E. Rogers College of Law, 2009 - 2012
Professor of Law (previously Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, & Visiting Assistant Professor) , University of Tulsa College of Law, 1995 - 2008
Director, Dublin Study Abroad Program, University of Tulsa College of Law, Summer 2002; Summer 2006; Summer 2008
Director, LL.M. Program in American Indian and Indigenous Law (previously Co-Director), University of Tulsa College of Law, 2002 - 2006
Co-Director, the Native American Law Center, University of Tulsa College of Law, 2000 - 2008
Judge, Southwest Intertribal Court of Appeals, 1999 - 2006
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Wayne State University Law School, 1999 - 2000
Visiting Assistant Professor of Law, Michigan State University College of Law, 1998 - 1999
Law Clerk to Judge Cornelia Kennedy, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1994 - 1995
Law Clerk to Judge James Ryan, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1993 - 1994
Law Clerk to U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven D. Pepe, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, 1992 - 1993

Representative Publications

Law, Culture, & Environment (2014) (co-author, with Jill Kappus Shaw).
Structuring Sovereignty: Constitutions of Native Nations (2014) (co-author, with Miriam Jorgensen, Mary Guss, & Sarah Deer).
Contributing Author, Best Practices for Enhancing Enforcement of Protection Orders in New Mexico (2d ed., 2010).
General Editor, Navajo Law Reporter, Vol. 8 (2008).
Tribal Courts: Tensions Between Efforts to Develop Tribal Common Law and Pressures to Harmonize with State and Federal Courts, in Harmonizing Law in an Era of Globalization: Convergence, Divergence and Resistance 81 (Larry Catá Backer ed., 2007).
Contributing Author, Cohen's Handbook of Federal Indian Law (2005).
A Jurisdictional Quandary: Challenges Facing Tribal Governments in Implementing the Full Faith and Credit Provisions of the Violence Against Women Acts, 90 Ky. L.J. 123 (2001 - 2002).
Complete List of Publications

Public Service

Consultant, New Mexico Attorney General's Office Taskforce on Enforcement of Protection Orders 2007 - 2010
Consultant, Navajo Nation Rules Harmonization Project 2007 - 2008
Secretary, AALS Section on Indian Nations and Indigenous Peoples 2002 - 2005
Chair, AALS Section on Women in Legal Education 2004 - 2005
Secretary, AALS Section on Women in Legal Education 2003 - 2004
Judge, American Indian Law Review's Law Student Writing Competition 2003
Treasurer, AALS Section on Women in Legal Education 2002 - 2003
Member, Executive Committee, AALS Section on Criminal Justice 2001 - 2003
Program Chair, AALS Section on Indigenous Nations and Peoples 2001 - 2002
Chair, AALS Section on Indigenous Nations and Peoples 2001 - 2002
Member, Michigan joint federal/state/tribal task force to implement full faith and credit provisions of Violence Against Women Act 2000 - 2001 (co-chair, subcommittee on tribal jurisdictional issues

Awards

Honoree, Fourth Annual Native Justice Powwow  2009
University of Tulsa College of Law Nominee for University Outstanding Teacher Award  2007
NALSA Faculty Sponsor of the Year Award  2005
University of Tulsa College of Law Upper Class Professor of the Year  2002 - 2003
University of Tulsa College of Law Nominee for University Outstanding Teacher Award  2002 - 2003
University of Tulsa College of Law Upper Class Professor of the Year  2001 - 2002

 

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