Civil Rights Appellate Clinic Submits Second SCOTUS Amicus Brief

Just midway through its first full semester of operation, Minnesota Law’s new Civil Rights Appellate Clinic filed its second amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The clinic’s newest brief was submitted in the consolidated cases of Arizona v. Navajo Nation (No. 21-1484) and Dep't of Interior v. Navajo Nation (No. 22-51), which present a major water rights issue with significant implications for both the Navajo Nation and federal Indian Law. The clinic's director, Visiting Assistant Professor Elizabeth Bentley, oversaw the drafting of the brief, working closely with students.

“Working on the amicus brief was a great way to see how appellate litigation works in practice and to further develop my writing and research skills,”  said 2L  E. Isabel Park , who also attended the March 20 arguments. “It deepened my interest in this area of the law, and I'm grateful to Professor Bentley, who’s extremely knowledgeable and helpful, for this unique opportunity.”

Read more about the brief and the Civil Rights Appellate Clinic in an early-release story from the spring 2023 digital edition of Minnesota Law magazine.

Elizabeth Bentley

Elizabeth Bentley

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law