Tribal Courts and Secured Transactions Law Workshops

Wednesday, January 30 - Thursday, January 31, 2013
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Courtyard Seattle Downtown/Pioneer Square
612 Second Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104

March 21, 2013 - March 22, 2013
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City - Oklahoma City Branch
226 Dean A McGee Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

May 8, 2013 - May 9, 2013
Park Plaza Bloomington
4460 W. 78th Street Circle
Bloomington, MN 55435
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Tuition and comprehensive curricula materials are free, but advanced registration is required. Lunch is provided.

Forms to apply for CLE credits will be available.

Presented by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services/Tribal Justice Support and Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, in partnership with the Federal Reserve Banks of Minneapolis, San Francisco and Kansas City.

This comprehensive two-day workshop will focus primarily on the provisions of the Model Tribal Secured Transactions Act, which has been enacted by many tribes. The workshop will offer instruction on the basics of secured transactions law, including the use of such personal property as inventory, equipment, receivables, and consumer goods as collateral for extensions of credit. Specific topics will include the conditions that must be satisfied for a lender to obtain an enforceable security interest in a borrower’s collateral; the importance of a sound central filing system by which secured lenders may make their security interests known to the public, thereby giving prospective secured creditors and buyers of the collateral the means to learn about existing security interests; the rules that govern the prioritization of rights in the collateral when competing claims arise; the procedures that a secured creditor must follow to realize upon its collateral if the borrower defaults on its repayment obligation; and the rules that protect the rights of both consumer and business borrowers. The workshops will also address aspects of secured transactions law that are unique to tribal jurisdictions.

Instructors: The instructors for the workshop are William H. Henning, Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Alabama School of Law, Maylinn Smith, Associate Professor of Law, University of Montana School of Law, and Susan Woodrow, Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis/Helena Montana Branch. Each of the instructors has expertise in secured-transactions law and each was instrumental in the development of the Model Tribal Secured Transactions Act. They bring unique and diverse perspectives to the workshops. Professor Henning is a respected national and international scholar and lecturer on secured-transactions law, Professor Smith has extensive experience as a tribal trial and appellate judge and also as legal counsel, and Ms. Woodrow is an expert on the requirements for sound economic development.

CLE Credits
Forms to apply for CLE credits will be available.


Susan Woodrow, (Workshop Information Contact)
Helena Branch, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
(406) 447-3806

Katherine Scotta, (Workshop Information Contact)
Bureau of Indian Affairs
(202) 208-6711

Craig Nolte, (Registration)
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
(206) 396-2192