Mixing and Looking to the Future

By: Theodore J. Griswold | Partner | ted.griswold@procopio.com

Procopio recently hosted the third informal mixer with the Native American Lawyers Association (NALA), San Diego and local Native American law students from the three local law schools – University of San Diego, California Western and Thomas Jefferson schools of law. The mixers are designed to familiarize the students with members of the local Native American Bar, provide an informal forum for them to make contacts and seek mentors, and to encourage the students to begin creating their networks early in their legal career. It also may help in the development of local NALSA chapters. For NALA members, it is a great way to meet some promising new legal minds and support the future Native American Bar.

After each such event, I walk away impressed with the intellect and hard work of the students, and become energized by their aspirations. We are reminded why we chose this professional direction and how fortunate we are to practice Native American law every day. It also reminds us that we are stewards for a practice area that is going to continue to face challenges and outlive our careers. I know that several of us have stayed in touch with the students from previous mixers and have enjoyed watching and coaching their progress. Conviction seems to be in abundance, though uncertainty remains a concern. Yet whenever I speak with Tribal leaders about the Native American law students that we come across, the universal comment is that they wish there were more of you in law school. Rest assured that your goals are noble, and you already have supporters that will help develop your career. (Now get back to the books!)

Ted is head of the Native American Law practice group and primary editor for the Blogging Circle. Connect with Ted at ted.griswold@procopio.com and 619.515.3277.