Posted By Oscar Orozco-Botello, Feb 9, 2015
Thanks to skillful displays of advocacy, the team of Samantha Mandell ’16 and Andrew Alfonso ’15 won first place at the Regional ABA Client Counseling Competition hosted by the University of Hawaii at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law on February 7 and 8.
Posted By , Nov 10, 2014
For the second time this year, a federal judge has ordered rival Native American factions to mediation in the wake of armed conflict. On Friday, October 10, U.S. District Judge Lawrence O'Neill ordered the central valley's Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino closed after members of one faction entered the casino with weaponry, attempting to collect boxes of records. More than five hundred gamblers deserted the casino, some leaving their winnings behind. At a subsequent hearing on Wednesday, October 15, Judge O'Neill expressed reluctance to impose settlement negotiations, stating that he did not anticipate a positive outcome. But two hours later, the judge reversed course after attorneys for all three factions identified common ground and agreed to mediation. Madera County Sheriff John Anderson, whose department responded to the October 9 confrontation, stated that this was the first time he had seen adverse parties readily agree to talk through their differences. While the factions have not yet reached an agreement, negotiations are ongoing.