August 6, 2014

American Indian Law Deskbook Highlights Expanded Collaboration Between Thomson Reuters, Conference of Western Attorneys General

CWAG programming to be featured for continuing legal education on West LegalEdcenter

EAGAN, Minn. — The Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) and Thomson Reuters announced an expansion of their partnership at the recent CWAG Annual Meeting. For more than a decade, Thomson Reuters has worked closely with CWAG, and the extended relationship now includes a joint venture to publish the American Indian Law Deskbook and make CWAG programming available on West LegalEdcenter (WLEc) for continuing legal education.

"This new level of collaboration with Thomson Reuters will provide our member states, the legal community and other governmental agencies with content and resources not available previously," said CWAG Legal Director and Chief Editor Chris Coppin. "The state attorney general community provides a unique perspective on Indian law that will prove useful to any practitioner by providing a concise and thoughtful treatise on the subject. The legal community also will benefit from CWAG's regular updates to the treatise to reflect important changes and developments in the law."

The 2014 edition of the American Indian Law Deskbook addresses the dynamic and evolving field of Indian law and is authored by practitioners and CWAG members who have been involved in Native American law for many years. This treatise, first published in 1992, presents the complex issues of Indian law and identifies matters of doctrinal disagreement or uncertainty.

According to Steve Rubley, managing director of the Government segment at Thomson Reuters, the longstanding relationship with CWAG has been critical to this important treatise. “Our relationship with the Conference of Western Attorneys General has been foundational to advancing the rule of law among sovereign tribal nations. The time and commitment from CWAG members to produce these resources will benefit their communities and offer a valuable resource to legal professionals across the country.”

Authors of the American Indian Law Deskbook are experienced state lawyers who have been involved in Indian law for many years. Topics covered include definitions of Indians and Indian tribes; Indian lands; criminal, civil regulatory and civil adjudicatory jurisdiction; civil rights; Indian water rights; fish and wildlife; environmental regulation; taxation; gaming; Indian Child Welfare Act; and tribal state cooperative agreements.

Additionally, content produced through the numerous events and conferences orchestrated by CWAG, as well as specific educational materials for their members, will now be available on WLEc, the nation’s leading online continuing legal education (CLE) service.

To learn more about the treatise, visit To view material for CLE, visit the CWAG page at

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