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November 09, 2022 RAPID RESPONSE

Warrior Lawyers: Documentary Discussion

The ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice hosts a panel discussion with Executive Producer Audrey Geyer, Hon. Michael Petoskey, and Hon. Timothy Connors, detailing their experiences and reflections of Warrior Lawyers: Defenders of Sacred Justice. Warrior Lawyers is a one-hour PBS documentary that is particularly timely and relevant given our country's current reckoning with racial inequity and systemic racism. The program focuses on the stories of Michigan Native American Lawyers, Tribal Judges and their colleagues who work with Native Nations, their citizens and mainstream institutions to achieve Sacred Justice. These unseen role models strive daily to address and resolve unique and complicated historical, governmental, legal, judicial and social welfare issues, which are most often rooted in discrimination, historical trauma and cultural destruction. Come take a journey into past and present day Indian Country to learn of untold stories that shine a light on Native Americans rising up to create a new path for today and for the next Seven Generations.

'Warrior Lawyers' Trailer from Audrey Geyer on Vimeo.

Welcome and Introduction

  • Deborah Enix-Ross, President, American Bar Association; Senior Advisor, International Dispute Resolution Group, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP


  • Audrey Geyer, Executive Producer and Director, Warrior Lawyers: Defenders of Sacred Justice; Founder and Executive Director, Visions
  • Hon. Michael Petoskey (Grand Traverse Band), Chief Tribal Judge, Pokagon Band of Potawatomi 
  • Hon. Timothy P. Connors, Judge, Washtenaw County Trial Court


  • Colleen E. Lamarre (Mohawk), Counsel, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; Past President, National Native American Bar Association; Special Advisor, Native American Concerns Committee, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice

Co-Sponsors: ABA Center for Public Interest Law, ABA Commission on Domestic and Sexual ViolenceABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the ProfessionABA Diversity and Inclusion Center, ABA Standing Committee on Public Education


Native American Rights Fund

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