Alexander Skibine, Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, recently won the Rudolph Hargrave Prize, which is awarded to the faculty who submits the best scholarly article at the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s Sovereignty Symposium.
Skibine’s paper is titled Constitutionalism, Federal Common Law, and the Inherent Powers of Indian Tribes.
According to organizers, the Sovereignty Symposium is the foremost legal gathering on Native American law in the world. The symposium was established to provide a forum in which ideas concerning common legal issues regarding Indian law can be exchanged in a scholarly, non-adversarial environment. Over the past 26 years, the symposium has examined a wide diversity of themes. In conjunction with the symposium, a scholarly collection of legal and historical writings is presented to all the participants. Legal libraries all over the United States regularly solicit copies of the publication for their collection. The symposium has previously published articles by United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Pulitzer Prize-winning author N. Scott Momaday.