ALI Reporters on the Historical Basis for the Trust Relationship between the US and Indian Children


In this recently published article, project Reporters Matthew Fletcher and Wenona Singel explore the history of the role of Indian children in the formation of the federal-tribal trust relationship. This piece comes as constitutional challenges to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) are now pending. The Reporters conclude the historical record demonstrates the core of the federal-tribal trust relationship is the welfare of Indian children and their relationship to Indian nations.

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NYT Op-Ed on MPC: Sexual Assault Project

Published in June 2016, an op-ed piece featured in The New York Times highlights ALI’s continuing work on the Model Penal Code: Sexual Assault and Related Offenses project, specifically, its preliminary proposal to allow intoxication to lessen culpability. This article comes in the wake of the recent California sexual assault case against former Stanford University student, Brock Turner.

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The American Law Institute and The Bluebook

Linking these two iconic institutions in American law might seem strange at first glance. As we all know, the ALI is the most prominent law reform organization in the United States. Its charter states that it was established “to promote the clarification and simplification of the law.” The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation is the bane of every law review editor’s existence and the most important force in promoting consistency in legal citations.

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