Law Professor Kevin Washburn to Give Dean’s Lecture October 17

Kevin Washburn ’93 will give a dean’s lecture on October 17, 2016, titled “In the Beginning was the Federal Trust Responsibility to Indian Tribes. Then Came Tribal Self-Governance. Conflict Ensues.” The lecture will be held in the Faculty Lounge at 4:30 p.m.

Kevin Washburn is a law professor at the University of New Mexico (UNM). He recently stepped down from service as the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs at the U.S. Department of the Interior during the second term of the Obama Administration. Prior to serving in the Obama Administration, Washburn was the Dean of the University of New Mexico School of Law. Washburn began his academic career at the University of Minnesota in 2002, where he earned tenure in 2006. A graduate of Yale Law School, Washburn also taught at the Harvard Law School and the University of Arizona, before becoming the dean at UNM.

Washburn is an expert in the law and regulation of gaming and gambling, including Indian gaming. He has authored a law school casebook on Gaming/Gambling Law, published by Aspen. Washburn also has published a casebook on Federal Indian Law with Lexis/Nexis and is an author and executive editor of the Cohen Handbook of Federal Indian Law. Washburn is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma and spent most of his childhood within or near the original territorial boundaries of the tribe’s reservation.