Jessica A. Shoemaker

Professor Jessica Shoemaker

Jessica A. Shoemaker Assistant Professor of Law

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Biography

Professor Shoemaker joined the law faculty in 2012.  She received her B.A. degree in English, summa cum laude, from the University of Iowa, and graduated first in her class from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where she also served as an editor of the Wisconsin Law Review and was active in a range of student organizations.

After law school, Professor Shoemaker clerked for the Honorable David M. Ebel on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Following her clerkship, Professor Shoemaker was awarded a prestigious Skadden Fellowship to work for Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Inc. in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on a range of legal issues affecting farmers and rural communities. Professor Shoemaker then spent five years as an attorney with Arnold & Porter LLP in Denver, Colorado, and worked on litigation in several different courts, including the United States Supreme Court. She has experience in nearly every phase of dispute resolution from pre-complaint counseling to appeal, and over the course of her career, she has represented Indian interests, energy developers, entrepreneurs, farmers, and others.

Professor Shoemaker teaches Federal Indian Law, Property I and II, and a seminar in rural development and energy law. Her research focuses on rural land tenure (including Indian land tenure), community economic development, agriculture, and energy. She will also be participating in the University of Nebraska’s efforts to establish the Rural Futures Institute.

Prior to her legal career, Professor Shoemaker was a writer, a VISTA volunteer, and a community outreach worker.

Courses

Native American Law Law 796/G (3 cr hr)
Investigation of the federal statutory, decisional, and constitutional law that shapes the interactions of Indian tribes, the states, and the federal government. The course includes an overview of the history of federal Indian policy and emphasizes the unique legal principles that inform the modern federal trust responsibility, tribal sovereignty, and complex civil and criminal jurisdictional issues that arise in Indian Country. Current topics including tribal water rights, tribal justice systems, reservation economic development, and tribal religious rights will also be addressed. Students who have previously taken Native American Law Seminar (Law 797) may not enroll in this course.

Property I & II Law 505/G & 506/G (6 cr hr; 3 each semester)
Depending upon the section, the course may include problems in possession, gifts of personal property, bona fide purchasers of personal property including recording and priorities, estates in land, landlord and tenant, the modern land transaction, controlling the use of land, easements, licenses and equitable servitudes and constitutional limitations on the power of government to restrict individual economic liberties.

Rural Development & Energy Law Seminar Law 706 (3 cr hr)
This course will cover specific laws and regulations, as well as business and policy considerations, that inform efforts to develop rural infrastructure, stimulate jobs, establish community-based financial and non-profit institutions, and encourage rural entrepreneurship. Particular emphasis will be placed on how energy law and policy may be shaping the rural future. This course will also include a comparative element, with literature from the Law and Development movement, international development, and the affordable housing and urban renewal contexts considered in conjunction with current rural development concerns.

Wills and Trusts Law 639/G (3 cr hr)
Intestate succession and related matters, execution of wills, revocation of wills, problems created by the time gap in wills, limitations on the power to devise, construction of wills (mistake and ambiguity), "living wills", durable powers of attorney, health care directives, the elements of trust, formalities in the creation of a trust, the interest of the beneficiary, charitable trusts and problems of trust administration.

Articles

Books

Presentations

Creating Sustainable Futures Through Food and Agriculture, presented at the Indian Land Working Group Symposium at Oneida Nation, Green Bay, Wisconsin (August 15-16, 2016) (with Janie Simms Hipp) (invited)

Transformational Property, presented at Association for Law, Property, and Society Annual Meeting in Belfast, Northern Ireland (May 21, 2016)

Complexity's Shadow: American Indian Property, Sovereignty, and the Future, presented at the American Society of International Law's Rights of Indigenous Peoples Interest Group Works-In-Progress Workshop at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey (May 12, 2016) (invited)

American Indian Land Tenure and the Path Ahead, presented at Just Food? Forum on Land Use, Rights, and Ecology at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts (March 26, 2016) (selected after proposal submission)

Beyond Consolidation: Rethinking Property and Sovereignty in Indian Country, presented at Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Center and University of Arizona's 4th Annual Tribal Lands Conference in Tucson, Arizona (January 15, 2016) (invited)

The Complexity Problem in American Indian Land Tenure, presented at the Association of American Law Schools Property Section Breakfast in New York City, New York (January 7, 2016)

The Complexity Problem in American Indian Law Tenure, faculty colloquium presented at the University of South Dakota College of Law in Vermillion, South Dakota (November 18, 2015)

Private Property, Access, and Justice, presented at Sheldon Art Museum Law + Social Justice Event in Lincoln, Nebraska (October 27, 2015)

Discovering the Future: Charting the Rural Research Path, presented at Rural Futures Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska (October 23, 2015) (panelist and session co-organizer)

The Public Parts of Private Property: Community Engagement and Rural Design, presented as Envision Rural Talk at Rural Futures Conference in Lincoln, Nebraska (October 22, 2015)

Returning Lands for Repatriation and Cultural Empowerment, moderator and session leader, 2015 Great Plains Symposium: Standing Bear and the Trail Ahead, co-hosted by the Center for Great Plains Studies and the Nebraska Indian Affairs Commission (May 2015) (invited)

In Shadow of Complexity: American Indian Property and Justice, Association for Law, Property, and Society Annual Meeting (May 2015)

Reflections on Transdisciplinary Research, Transdisciplinary Conversation co-hosted by University of Nebraska Rural Futures Institute and Robert B. Daughtery Water for Food Institute (April 2015) (invited)

Indigenous Land Tenure and Emulsified Property, Birmingham City University (April 2015) (invited)

Lessons on Public Engagement in U.S. Land Use Planning and Applications of the Plainsopoly Simulation Tool, presented at two international, transdisciplinary workshops in Birmingham, England, and Aberystwyth, Wales (April 2015) (invited, funded grant project)

Emulsified Property, Washington University School of Law Junior Faculty Workshop (December 2014)

Urban Growth - Rural Resilience, panel moderator and plenary session leader, 2014 Lower Platte River Corridor Alliance Summit (November 2014)

Emulsified Property, Central States Law Schools Association Annual Meeting (October 2014)

The Land Tenure We Inhabit, Association for Law, Property, and Society Annual Meeting (May 2014)

Governing the Land: Maximizing Rural Places Locally and Globally, panel moderator and session organizer, 2013 Rural Futures Conference (November 2014)

No Sticks in My Bundle: Rethinking the Indian Law Tenure Problem, Junior Faculty Works-in-Progress Workshop, University of Marquette College of Law (September 2014)

Emulsified Property, Tulane Law School and Tulane University Murphy Institute Property Roundtable: Regulating Private and Public Property (March 2014)(one of eight invited scholars)

No Sticks in My Bundle: The Indian Law Tenure Problem, S.T.I.R. Talk, University of Nebraska College of Law (March 2013)

Diversity Leadership Symposium, panelist, University of Nebraska College of Law (November 2012)

Preventing Heir Property Loss, presented at annual meeting of Arkansas Land and Farm Development Corporation in Brinkley, Arkansas (November 2006) (invited speaker)

Native Strategic Land Planning: Update on Indian Land Consolidation Act Amendments of 2000 and the American Indian Probate Reform Act of 2004, presented at Indian Land Working Group’s 16th Annual Indian Land Consolidation Symposium in Cabazon, California (October 2006) (invited speaker)

AIPRA Consolidation Options, presented at Indian Land Working Group’s 16th Annual Indian Land Consolidation Symposium in Cabazon, California (October 2006) (invited speaker)

Farm and Ranch Issues in Indian Country, presented at This is Not Your Grandpa’s Farm Law, continuing legal education seminar in Saint Paul, Minnesota (June 2006) (invited speaker)

Federal Disaster Assistance for Farmers and Rural Landowners following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, presented at grassroots meetings in Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana coordinated by Federation of Southern Cooperatives, Rural Advancement Foundation International, and Farm Aid (October 2005 to February 2006) (invited speaker)

Probate Reform and the Problem of Indian Land Ownership, presented at Who Owns America? VI, national conference at the University of Wisconsin (May 2004) (invited speaker)

Media

Other

Maximizing the Impact of Games as Effective Participative Tools: The Rufopoly Resource Kit  Economic Social Resource Council, Knowledge Exchange Opportunities Grant (2014)

Education

J.D., summa cum laude, 2004, University of Wisconsin Law School
B.A., summa cum laude, 1999, University of Iowa

Areas of Expertise

Appointments

Assistant Professor of Law, 2012