The Utsey Family Continues to Expand MLIC Resources

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Utsey family continues to show its deep support of the TU College of Law by funding the Utsey Family Endowment for Library Acquisitions in American Indian and Indigenous Law benefiting the Mabee Legal Information Center.

Howard and Paula Utsey, along with their son, Brian Utsey (JD ’05, LL.M. ’06), visited campus October 12 to celebrate the second installment of their three-part gift that created the endowment  to expand and enhance the MLIC’s collection of research materials in Native American law.

The Utseys’ gift has already made it possible for the MLIC to purchase the Lexis-Nexis Serial Set maps, which is a digitized database of maps that appears in the U.S. Serial Set. These maps provide students and faculty with material that can be studied to reconstruct historical developments, such as evolving tribal boundaries. They also are important tools to use in the study of tribal land holdings and reservation boundaries.

This gift further advances this critical academic area of study by providing complementary support to their previously established Utsey Family Scholarship Endowment, which provides scholarships to full-time law students in the Master of Laws (LL.M.) program in American Indian and Indigenous Law.

The funding for these two initiatives has helped propel TU’s reputation as an authoritative resource center for scholars pursuing the study of Native American law.

The students, faculty and staff of the TU College of Law sincerely thank the Utsey family for their continued support of our strategic initiatives.

Jimmy Hart