Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Pamela Cravez joins Justice Center

Pamela Cravez joins the Justice Center as editor of the Alaska Justice Forum and Research Associate. Ms. Cravez received her J.D. from Catholic University Law School and an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction from the University of Alaska Anchorage. She has worked as a public defender, communications director, reporter, writer, editor and researcher. Her book, The Biggest Damned Hat: Tales from Territorial Alaska’s Lawyers and Judges, will be released by the University of Alaska Press  April 2017.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Justice Center welcomes students at 2017 Spring Preview Day

Prof. Kristin Knudsen (L) and Dr. Marny Rivera speak
with students at the Student Union during 2017
Preview Day.
Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice Undergraduate Program Coordinator, and Prof. Kristin Knudsen, J.D., M.J.S., Legal Studies Program Coordinator, taught three mock classes to give students an idea of what classes would be like in Justice Center programs and spoke with high school students in the Student Union at the Spring 2017 Preview Day on February 10. 

Preview Day is designed to help high school juniors and seniors get ready to attend UAA. In addition to mock classes, students learn about admissions and financial aid and speak with current students about campus life.

Dr. Rivera and Prof. Knudsen helped students understand what they could expect from the Justice Undergraduate Program and the Legal Studies Program and fielded questions from students who came from all over Alaska and as far away as Texas.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Alaska Court System Annual Report FY 2016

Alaska Court System Annual Report FY 2016
The Justice Center assisted with layout and design of  the recently released Alaska Court System Annual Report FY 2016 The report includes an overview of the court system, review of court initiatives over the fiscal year, photo directory of Alaska Court System judges and magistrate judges, maps of court locations, statistical tables of court system activity, and photos of Alaska courthouses and scenic areas around the state.

For the past five years, Melissa S. Green, Justice Center publication specialist, has worked with Antonia Moras, project coordinator for the court system and former editor of the Alaska Justice Forum. Ms. Green collaborated on design, did layout and compositing of text, statistical tables, maps, and photographs for both the annual report and a more abbreviated Profile of the Alaska Court System 2017.

Ms. Green also collaborated with Ms. Moras on a major redesign of the report in FY 2012.

Annual reports for FY 2007–FY 2016 are available on the Alaska Court System website.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

First UAA 3+3 student April Stone admitted to Willamette University School of Law

April Stone (center) with her daughter, Shailynn (left)
and Willamette University School of Law
Dean Curtis Bridgeman at a reception earlier this year.
April Stone, Justice  major, is the first UAA student to be admitted to Willamette University School of Law 3+3 accelerated law school program under the 3+3 admissions agreement with UAA. Ms. Stone started at Willamette fall semester 2016.

Prof. Deb Periman, J.D., Justice Center Legal Studies faculty, worked with Willamette to develop the 3+3 program and is UAA’s point of contact for program advising.

UAA Justice Club holds Valentine’s Day Fundraiser for AWAIC and STAR

Joseph Mitzel, Club Council Representative for the UAA Justice
Club and Caitlin Sawicki, Development Coordinator for AWAIC
set up resources for students at Rasmuson Hall on Feb. 8.
UAA Justice Club members are partnering with AWAIC (Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis, Inc.) and STAR (Standing Together Against Rape) to raise awareness of what “love is” and what “love is not” as they travel to different locations on UAA’s Anchorage campus the week before Valentine’s Day. Along with providing information, Justice Club members are selling Valentine’s Day cards and gifts that will be personally delivered on February 14 with proceeds to go to AWAIC and STAR.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Dr. Rivera elected to Board of Directors for Alaska Public Health Association

Alaska Public Health Association (ALPHA)
Dr. Marny Rivera, a faculty member of the UAA Justice Center, was elected to the Alaska Public Health Association Board of Directors.  As a member of the Board of Directors, Dr. Rivera will oversee the management and affairs of the Alaska Public Health Association.  The mission of the association is the advancement of public health.  It serves as a hub that connects all health groups in Alaska to promote the quality of life for all Alaskans.  Dr. Rivera has made significant contributions to Alaska’s public health issues on underage drinking and substance abuse, as well as on the co-occurrence of substance abuse with child maltreatment and violence against women.

Monday, February 6, 2017

AJSAC Fact Sheet: "Property Crime Reported in Alaska, 1986–2015"

Property Crime Reported in Alaska, 1986–2015
The most recent issue of the AJSAC Fact Sheet, "Property Crime Reported in Alaska, 1986–2015," presents data on property crime in Alaska from 1986 to 2015 as reported in the Alaska Department of Public Safety publication Crime in Alaska. "Property crime" is an aggregate category that includes burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft crimes. From 1986 to 2015 the property crime rate in Alaska decreased as the overall crime rate decreased. On average, property crime accounted for two-thirds of all crime in Alaska over the thirty-year period.

The fact sheet is by Khristy Parker, Research Professional, Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC). The AJSAC Fact Sheet series addresses various crime and criminal justice topics.


Friday, February 3, 2017

Professor Brandeis interviewed by KTVA CBS 11 News

KTVA CBS 11 News
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 — Professor Jason Brandeis, a faculty member of the UAA Justice Center, was interviewed by KTVA CBS 11 News on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court.  Professor Brandeis explained that Judge Gorsuch’s judicial philosophy and judicial styling is very comparable to that of the late Justice Scalia.  He also discussed the confirmation process for Judge Gorsuch and the important function of the United States Supreme Court.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Dr. Rosay Appointed to 2017 Program Committee for American Society of Criminology

American Society of Criminology
Dr. André Rosay, Justice Center Director was appointed to serve as Chair of the Sexual Violence sub-area for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Society ofCriminology.  The American Society of Criminology is an international organization whose members pursue scholarly, scientific, and professional knowledge concerning the measurement, etiology, consequences, prevention, control, and treatment of crime and delinquency.  The theme of the 2017 Annual Meeting is “Crime, Legitimacy and Reform: Fifty Years after the President’s Commission.”  The 2017 Annual Meeting marks the 50th Anniversary of the publication of the report by President Johnson’s Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice titled “The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society.”

Friday, January 27, 2017

Alaska Victimization Survey results show that 1 in 4 women in the Municipality of Anchorage have experienced stalking

Alaska Victimization Survey: Research on Violence Against Women in Alaska
New results from the 2015 Alaska Victimization Survey for the Municipality of Anchorage were released on January 27, 2017. The 2015 survey was conducted by the University of Alaska Anchorage for the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA). These new results describe the number of women in the Municipality of Anchorage that have experienced stalking in their lifetimes and in the past year.

In defining stalking, the Alaska Victimization Survey includes eight of the common forms of nonconsensual contacts (being watched or followed; being approached at home, work, or school; finding strange or threatening items; having your home or car intruded; receiving unwanted voice or text messages; receiving unwanted phone calls; receiving unwanted emails or messages; receiving unwanted cards, flowers, or gifts). Respondents were instructed not to include bill collectors, telephone solicitors, or other sales people. Respondents experienced stalking if they experienced these nonconsensual contacts multiple times and expressed fear.


The 2015 Alaska Victimization Survey for the Municipality of Anchorage was conducted from May to August 2015. Findings include:
  • 1 in 4 women in the Municipality of Anchorage have experienced stalking in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 18 have experienced stalking in the past year.
  • More than 30,400 women in the Municipality of Anchorage have experienced stalking in their lifetime.
  • More than 6,100 have experienced stalking in the past year.
The 2015 survey also showed that stalking was particularly common among women who experienced intimate partner violence or sexual violence.
  • Among women who experienced intimate partner violence or sexual violence in their lifetime, 46% (more than 24,400) were also stalked in their lifetime.
  • Among women who experienced intimate partner violence or sexual violence in the past year, 28% (more than 2,200) were also stalked in the past year.
Details of the 2015 Alaska Victimization Survey are available at the Alaska Victimization Survey website:

More Information

For more background on this project, visit http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/justice/avs/
For more information about CDVSA, visit http://www.dps.state.ak.us/CDVSA/