Holland & Knight issued the following announcement on Oct. 12.
Holland & Knight Partner Jerome L. Levine today received the California Indian Law Association (CILA) 2018 award for "Outstanding Achievement in California Law." The award, which was presented at the group's annual conference, recognizes Mr. Levine's work on behalf of tribes throughout the state for more than 30 years.
Mr. Levine has been involved in all aspects of gaming, casino and federal Indian law in California and throughout the country during his legal career. He has represented several tribes and Indian gaming organizations, including serving as corporate counsel to the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA), the California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA) and the Washington Indian Gaming Association (WIGA). He was a member of the NIGA Task Force on IGRA Regulations, which joined with the National Congress of American Indians in the early years following IGRA to form a negotiating team to meet with the states' governors and attorneys general to examine critical issues under that act. Mr. Levine has lectured extensively on Indian law generally and particularly in connection with Indian gaming, including regulatory, financing, contract, trust land and development issues impacting tribes and tribal casinos and has negotiated tribal-state gaming compacts in several states. He also has represented tribes in gaming litigation cases in state and federal courts throughout the country, including the United States Supreme Court.
"I am truly honored to receive this award from CILA and applaud its record representing the Indian law legal profession in California," said Mr. Levine. "I am proud to have played a role, however small, in its efforts."
The California Indian Law Association is dedicated to enhancing the legal profession and tribal justice systems in California by promoting professional growth, high standards of professional competence and ethical conduct. It seeks to provide quality educational programs to Indian law practitioners, tribal justice personnel, law students and the public. The organization also works to promote the study of Indian law and related topics in public and higher education and to provide guidance and assistance to Native American students in their pursuit of law studies and the legal profession. It strives to promote the sound administration of justice to advance the status of Indian tribes and American peoples in the law and is dedicated to helping Indian tribes in California achieve self-determination and self-sufficiency and to protect tribal sovereignty.
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