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Partner Ian Heath Gershengorn delivered the keynote address at Kansas University’s 23rd annual Tribal Law & Government Conference, which this year focused on the US Supreme Court and the Future of Federal Indian Law. Mr. Gershengorn discussed when (and if) tribes should engage a Supreme Court specialist, how to interact with the Solicitor General, what to know about cert stage vs. merits stage, and unique aspects of Supreme Court practice. He also discussed how the recent additions of Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh are likely to shape the Court’s future Indian law jurisprudence.
Mr. Gershengorn is chair of the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice and is one of the nation’s premier Supreme Court and appellate advocates. He is also a partner in the firm’s Indian Law Practice. Before rejoining the firm in 2017, he served in the Office of the Solicitor General at the US Department of Justice, first as Principal Deputy Solicitor General and then as Acting Solicitor General. He has argued before the US Supreme Court 15 times, and he frequently represents tribes and tribal interests in appellate matters.