Second year law students, Chasid Sapolu and Ka‘upena Soon shared their thoughts regarding their experience at the Federal Bar Association's 34th Annual Indian Law Conference.
Chasid Sapolu, "The 2009 Fed Bar conference was a one-of-a-kind opportunity to meet and interact with numerous individuals from the Indian law community and to recognize the actual expanse of this community throughout the many regions of this country. As attendees, we were exposed to the significant issues that are currently at the front of this community’s focus. We also met some of the current and future leaders in this community, and discussed the issues that Native Hawaiians were experiencing here in Hawai‘i. Overall, my experience at this year's Bar conference was amazing, I would definitely recommend any individual who is interested in Native issues to attend in the coming years."
Ka‘upena Soon, "The Fed Bar conference was really enjoyable. I got a chance to meet a lot of people involved with Native American law. Attending the plenary sessions were pretty informative. The gaming issues were particularly interesting, especially since the Salazar decision just came out and we were able to hear various viewpoints on the case. The conference provides an environment that helps law students, professors, and attorneys who share similar viewpoints to discuss hot legal topics makes for a great networking event. I would definitely recommend attending this event in the future. It provides a good opportunity to really get to know a lot of people in Federal Indian law. The feel is completely different from moot court, in that you can really enjoy yourself and enjoy others."
After the conference ended, the Hawai‘i visitors went to Santa Fe town, 2-3 blocks from their motel rooms.