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Seventh Annual William C. Canby Jr. Lecture

Reid Peyton Chambers
Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP

“Reflections on the Changes in Indian Law and Indian Reservations
from 1969 to the Present”

 Friday. January 31, 2014

4:30 p.m. – Public Lecture / Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law / Armstrong
5:45 p.m. – Public Reception / Armstrong Hall / Steptoe & Johnson Rotunda

Free and open to the public.  RSVP’s appreciated.  ASU Release – Canby Lecture2014

This (live) lecture will qualify for 0.75 CLE credit hours towards the annual Arizona State Bar CLE requirements.

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Reid Peyton Chambers served from 1973 to 1976 as Associate Solicitor for Indian Affairs of the U.S. Department of the Interior, the Department’s chief legal officer with responsibility over Indian and Alaska Native matters. He then joined the late Marvin J. Sonosky, a longtime attorney for Indian tribes, and Harry R. Sachse to found the law firm that is now Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP. The firm specializes in Indian law and now has 25 attorneys in five offices in Washington, D.C., Albuquerque, N.M., San Diego, and Juneau and Anchorage, Alaska. He has taught a seminar on federal Indian law at Georgetown University Law Center and at Yale Law School. He is a co-author of the 1982 revised edition of Cohen’s landmark treatise on federal Indian law and has published numerous articles. He taught law for three years as a professor at the University of California at Los Angeles, worked extensively with the Native American Rights Fund and California Indian Legal Services, and for three years practiced privately in Washington, D.C., at Arnold & Porter.

He received his undergraduate degree from Amherst College in 1962 and received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1967, where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Harvard Law Review. He also holds a graduate degree in Economics from Balliol College, University of Oxford.

Bar and Court Admissions
District of Columbia, 1968; U.S. Supreme Court, 1977; U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, 1970; U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, 1990; U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, 1977; U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, 1973; U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit, 1970; Fort Peck Tribal Court, 1986.

Co-author of the 1982 revised edition of Felix S. Cohen’s A Handbook of Federal Indian Law; Indian Law in the United States Supreme Court—Experiences in the 1980s and Predictions for the 1990s, 22 American Indian Law Review 601 (1998); Indian Water Rights after the Wyoming decision, 1989 Harvard Indian Law Symposium 153; Oklahoma Indian Law—Cases of the Last Decade and Opportunities for the Next Decade, 24 Tulsa L.J. 701 (1989); American Indian Water Law Symposium, 15 Tulsa L.J. 699 (1980); Judicial Enforcement of the Federal Trust Responsibility to Indians, 27 Stanford L. Rev. 1213 (1975); Regulatory Sovereignty: Secretarial Discretion and the Leasing of Indian Lands (with Monre E. Price), 26 Stanford L. Rev. 1061(1974); A Study of Administrative Conflicts of Interest in the Protection of Indian Natural Resources. Prepared for the Subcommittee on Administrative Practice and Procedure of the Committee on the Judiciary of the United States Senate (1971).

The William C. Canby Jr. Lecture was initiated and funded by Foundation Professor of Law Robert N. Clinton to honor The Honorable William C. Canby of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit for his pioneering teaching of Indian Law at Arizona State University College of Law (now the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University), his many contributions to Indian country, and his long and highly distinguished service to the bench and bar.

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