Vice Chancellor and Professor Carole Goldberg to Receive the Lawrence R. Baca Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Federal Indian Law

​Lauri Gavel
Executive Director of Communications
UCLA School of Law
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LOS ANGELES, CA, April 10, 2013--Carole Goldberg, UCLA Vice Chancellor of Academic Personnel and the Jonathan D. Varat Distinguished Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law, will receive the Lawrence R. Baca Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Federal Indian Law. She was chosen to receive the award by the Native American Bar Association and Federal Bar Association Selection Committee for her longstanding commitment to Indian country and its people. Professor Goldberg will be presented with the award by UCLA School of Law Professor Angela Riley during the 38th Annual Federal Bar Association Indian Law Conference, to be held April 11-12, 2013 in New Mexico at the Pueblo of Pojoaque’s Buffalo Thunder Resort.

“Carole Goldberg has made significant contributions to the field of Indian law and has devoted her career to improving the criminal justice system on Native American reservations,” said UCLA School of Law Dean Rachel F. Moran.  “It is only fitting that she be honored for her dedication and many contributions to Indian country. We are tremendously proud of her accomplishments in the field, and extremely grateful for her tireless dedication to UCLA School of Law and to the greater UCLA campus.”  

Professor Goldberg, who joined the UCLA Law faculty in 1972, is one of the nation’s foremost experts on federal Indian and tribal law. She was appointed in January 2011 by President Obama to serve on the Indian Law and Order Commission, which is investigating and recommending ways to improve Indian country criminal justice. In 2006, she served as the Oneida Indian Nation visiting professor at Harvard Law School, and in 2007 she was appointed a justice of the Hualapai Court of Appeals. 

“Throughout the course of my career, I have sought to provide in-depth research to inform Indian law and policy, as well as to train and engage my students in that important work,” said Professor Goldberg. “It has been an honor to serve Indian country—and to be recognized for my contributions is extremely gratifying.”

Professor Goldberg has written widely on the subject of federal Indian law and tribal law. She is the co-author of the leading treatise in the field, Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law (1982, 2005, and 2012 editions). Her most recent books are Defying the Odds: The Tule River Tribe’s Struggle for Sovereignty in Three Centuries (Yale University Press, 2010, co-authored with Gelya Frank), Indian Law Stories (Foundation Press, 2011, co-edited with Kevin K. Washburn and Philip P. Frickey) and Captured Justice: Native Nations and Public Law 280 (Carolina Academic Press, 2012, co-authored with Duane Champagne).  She was a co-principal investigator of a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute of Justice to study the administration of criminal justice in Indian country.

In addition, she has twice served as associate dean for UCLA School of Law, from 1984 to 1989 and from 1991 to 1992. She also served as chair of the Academic Senate in 1993-1994. In 2011, she was appointed Vice Chancellor of Academic Personnel for the UCLA campus.

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