Warrington Named Head Of Native Law Students

Aug 15th, 2008 | By | Category: 20-1: Native Voices, Modern Media, Tribal College News


NNALSA PRESIDENT. Burton Warrington (Menominee, Prairie Band Potawatomi, and Ho-Chunk) is a law student at the University of Kansas. Photo courtesy of Burton Warrington

Burton Warrington, a graduate of Haskell Indian Nations University, was elected president of the National Native American Law Students Association (NNALSA). Now a law student at the University of Kansas (KU), Warrington will serve during the 2008-09 term. He says his vision for the group is to bridge the gap that exists between Native American undergraduate students and the Native American legal community.

“I see NNALSA serving as a bridge organization, helping to encourage, support, and introduce Native American students to the law and to legal careers,” he says. “Therefore, the majority of my time over the next year will be focused on recruitment.”

Stacy Leeds, professor of law and director of KU’s Tribal Law and Government Center, says, “He has been an outstanding student leader since his undergraduate days at Haskell….His peers, on a national level, have recognized his leadership qualities, and they have made an excellent choice. Burton is already engaged and highly visible in the field of Indian law, having received tribal governmental appointments as a law student.”

Warrington (Menominee, Prairie Band Potawatomi, and Ho-Chunk) was elected to the post by the association’s membership at the annual board meeting. He was president of the KU chapter of the group. He is the son of Rebecca Warrington and the late Royal E. Warrington of Keshena, WI. He attended classes at College of Menominee Nation before graduating with a bachelor’s of arts Degree in Tribal Management from Haskell.

In addition to his law coursework, Warrington co-teaches a course at the business school at Haskell and serves on the athletic commission for the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation. He is student director of the Tribal Law and Government Center and has participated in NNALSA’s moot court competition.

NNALSA is committed to the success of Native American law students. It exposes to the legal community and the greater public the issues that Native American people and tribal governments face. The organization also promotes the study of federal Indian law, tribal law, and traditional forms of governance. It sponsors an annual job fair, moot court competitions, writing competitions, and provides networking opportunities for its members.

Reprinted with permission from the Kansas University School of Law.

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