Tribal Courts: What State Court Judges Need to Know About Jurisdictional Issues through the Lens of Traffic Court

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 91 minutes
Recorded Date: February 26, 2019
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  • The Confederacy of Six Nations
  • The Cherokee Cases
  • P.L. 280
  • Tribal/State Partnerships
  • Federal Solutions
  • Q & A
Runtime: 1 hour and 31 minutes
Recorded: February 26, 2019


This program provides an introductory primer for state court judges to the world of courts of the 573 federally-recognized Indian Tribes and how they address impaired driving an dother traffic offenses. Guided by Discussions between two judges who are both state/local and tribal court judges, this course probes common problems encountered between the two judicial systems, using traffic court as an example.

This program was recorded on February 26th, 2019.

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American Bar Association


Judge Gregory Smith

Municipal Judge
State of Tennessee

Judge Smith obtained his bachelor’s degree in 1985 from Middle Tennessee State University and his J.D. in 1998 from Cumberland Law School. He is an attorney in Montgomery County, Tennessee and has been the municipal judge for Pleasant View, Tennessee since 1997.

Judge Bradley B. Letts

Senior Resident Superior Court Judge
Superior Court, 8th Division

Bradley B. Letts is the senior resident superior court judge for the 30B Judicial District of the Eighth Division of the Superior Court, serving Haywood and Jackson counties in North Carolina.[2] He joined the court in 2009.

Letts received his B.A. in philosophy and economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1990 and his J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Lawin 1995.

Judge J. Matthew Martin

Retired Associate Judge
The Cherokee Tribal Court, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Judge Matthew Martin served as an Associate Judge in the Cherokee Tribal Court for close to 11 years. Starting in April 2002, he presided over thousands of cases.

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