Host David Bell speaks with Russ Brien, member of the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska and a lawyer specializing in tribal and federal law.


Brien Law, LLC is wholly-owned by Russell A. Brien. Russ Brien has been practicing law since 1993. His practice has been broad based, including work in general business, bankruptcy, municipal, corporate, securities and real estate.  He has an active Indian law practice and he speaks on Indian law and reservation-based economic development at seminars across the country.

In his business and finance practice, Russ has represented one of the largest servicers of commercial mortgage loans in North America. During his career, Russ has represented issuers, sellers and servicers in securitization transactions involving the issuance, on an aggregate basis, of over $150 billion in securities backed by mortgage loans. In connection with this practice, Russ is listed in the Best Lawyers in America for Structured Finance Law.

Russ graduated from the University of Michigan School of Law and he was an active member of the Native American Law Students Association, serving as President during the 1991-1992 academic year. Russ earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Kansas in 1989, where he was recognized as a Summerfield Scholar.

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Calendar for the week of September 27th:

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  • Legal Aid of Western Missouri can provide free civil legal services to low-income and vulnerable people who live in Jackson CTY MO. Interested individuals can call 816-474-6750 to apply.
  • For Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense virtual meetings this week, go to All are welcome, mothers and others.
  • Monday Meets: September 27th, 4 PM, Online event. Hosted by The Willow Domestic Violence Center open to everyone on Facebook Live.
  • MON, September 27th, Noon, No More Excuses Coalition Meeting at the Mohart Center Auditorium, 3200 Wayne, 64109.
  • THURS, September 30th, 6 PM, the Women’s Equality Coalition invites you to Pushing Back, Marching Forward, panel discussion: KC: A Hub for Human Trafficking? Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th, KCMO.  This event is open to the public. Masks required.Register at eventbrite:
  • FRI, October 1st, 11 AM, Smart Sentencing Coalition Call, you can join the Smart Sentencing Coalition to discuss top criminal justice priorities in the state & local regions. You can learn more about the SSC at

        SAT, Oct. 2nd, 11 AM, Women’s March KC 2021: Start at Crossroads, 16th & Main to City Market, 3rd & Main. There Is Strength In Numbers!

  • SUN, October 3rd, 3 PM, MADP invites you to a webinar, “The Death Penalty and Black Men with Disabilities”, featuring Dr. Tommy J. Curry. Dr. Curry is an Author, Scholar, and Professor of Philosophy and the Personal Chair of Africana Philosophy and Black Male Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Register and Learn More at: ly/DPADBM
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