About the Clinic

The Saginaw-Chippewa Disenrollment Clinic is pursuing a claim against the Department of the Interior under The Judgment Funds Act on behalf of disenrolled members of the Saginaw Chippewa tribe. The Clinic has filed a complaint asking the Secretary to perform a non-discretionary action to re-enroll its clients. Because the tribe is not a necessary party, the Clinic has avoided issues of sovereign immunity, but expects that it may be raised in an attempt to join the tribe. The Department has filed a motion to dismiss and the Clinic has responded and is awaiting judgment. It will continue to develop strategies that will permit the Clinic to go forward regardless of the decision. Student work will entail designing an administrative appeal and preparing documents for a motion for summary judgment. Students gather and prepare evidence as well as prepare memoranda on the various tactics. The voluminous historical record remains to be fully cataloged and exhibits for the client declarations also remain to be prepared.


Gerald Torres

We, as lawyers, can be builders too. We can use our tools to build a society in which every member of the new generation can celebrate her graduation — not only with joy but with well-founded hope for the future.”

Professor Anne L. Alstott

Class of 1987, 2013 Commencement Address