No matter what the type of organization, playing an active role in the political decision-making process and policy formation is no longer a luxury—it is an imperative.
A coronavirus pandemic (or even the threat of such a pandemic) could easily make it more difficult for parties to perform their obligations under many types of contracts—especially contracts requiring travel or involving the delivery of goods and services. In the event that one of the parties to a contract can’t perform as a result of an actual or potential coronavirus outbreak, would the doctrine of force majeure allow them to suspend their performance or terminate the contract?
Melissa Thevenot brings a history with tribal organizations and transactional matters to her gaming practice. She has experience with advising Indian gaming enterprises on compliance with the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, fee-to-trust applications and acquisitions for tribal land recovery, federal recognition and Indian lands gaming eligibility, developer agreements and researching and preparing trial documents.
Before joining the firm, Melissa served at the National Indian Gaming Commission as a staff attorney, clerked at Anderson Indian Law and Homer Law firms in Washington, D.C., was a legal intern in the Department of the Interior’s Office of Indian Gaming and interned with the Oglala Sioux Tribe Legal Department, where she furthered economic development initiatives for the Pine Ridge Reservation. She was also, while in law school, a judicial intern for Magistrate Judge John M. Bodenhausen of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and a research assistant for law and economics Professor Gerrit De Geest.
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CALI Award, Domestic Violence & the Law, Spring 2016
Public Interest Law Certificate
Dean’s Award for Public Service
Executive Board Member, Native American Bar Association of D.C.