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Last Post 14 Feb 2018 10:45 AM by  Brandelle Whitworth
R-18-0013 Supreme Court Rules 38 and 39
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10 Jan 2018 02:11 PM
    Filed on behalf of:
    Hon. Ryan Andrews, Chair
    Arizona State, Tribal, and Federal Court Forum
    Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Court
    10005 E. Osborn Road
    Scottsdale, AZ 85256

    Hon. Randall Howe, Vice-Chair
    Arizona State, Tribal, and Federal Court Forum
    Court of Appeals, Division 1
    1501 W. Washington
    Phoenix, AZ 85007

    Would remove financial burdens on attorneys licensed in other states who represent tribes in Arizona ICWA cases and provide for ongoing special admission without fees of these attorneys for ICWA cases .

    Filed January 10, 2018

    Comments must be submitted on or before May 21, 2018.
    Brandelle Whitworth
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    14 Feb 2018 10:45 AM
    Brandelle Whitworth, Bar No. 6017
    General Counsel, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes
    PO Box 306
    Fort Hall, ID, 83203-0306
    (208) 478-3923  

    To the Honorable Arizona Supreme Court,

    I fully support and encourage the implementation of the proposed changes to Rules 38 and 39 in Arizona, which are intended to waive certain requirements for out of state attorneys who seek to engage in the limited practice of law in Arizona to represent an Indian tribe in an Indian Child Welfare Act proceeding.

    I have been employed as an in-house attorney with my tribe, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation of Idaho, for nearly 18 years and during that time have appeared in Indian Child Welfare Act cases in approximately 17 different states, including Arizona.

    I can attest that bar licensure, pro hac vice fees, and/or the hiring of local counsel can be very cost prohibitive and often act as a bar to full participation of the very Indian tribes who’s rights were meant, in addition to the rights of the affected Indian children, to be protected by the Indian Child Welfare Act. To that end, I encourage your approval and implementation of the proposed amendments of Rules 38 and 39 to better enable Indian tribes’ participation in these types of cases in the great State of Arizona.

    Brandelle Whitworth
    General Counsel
    Shoshone-Bannock Tribes
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