Thursday, September 29, 2016

Justice Center co-sponsors Oct 14 conference on Alaska Native Law issues and Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act

"Adapting for the Next Generation:  The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) at 45 and 32d Annual Alaska Native Law Conference" will be presented on Friday, October 14 at the UAA/APU Consortium Library. The event is co-sponsored by the UAA Justice Center, the Alaska Law Review, and the Alaska Native Law Section of the Alaska Bar Association.

Date: Friday, October 14
Time: 8:30 - 4:45 p.m.
Place: UAA/APU Consortium Library, LIB 307
Parking: Free parking on Fridays.
Registration: Free

The keynote speaker is Raina Thiele, former Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement for the White House.

Topics include:
  • ANCSA and the Future of Tribal Jurisdiction in Alaska
  • Challenges and Opportunities for Alaska Native Corporations
  • Federal and State Legislative Updates
  • Case Law Updates
  • Protection of the Attorney-Client Privilege in the Joint Representation of Parent Companies and their Subsidiaries (approved for 1 MCLE ethics credit)
This free day-long symposium is geared for lawyers,  members of the judiciary, employees and leaders of Alaska Native corporations, representatives of Alaska Native organizations, state government officials, and UAA students, faculty, and staff. The Alaska Law Review will be publishing an issue at a later date with the articles prepared for this symposium.

This event has been approved for 6.25 MCLE credits (including 1 ethics credit) by the Alaska Bar Association. 

Prof. Ryan Forston, J.D., Ph.D., is the Justice Center faculty coordinator for this event.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Justice Center co-hosts CCEL Think Tank on October 4 with the Alaska Innocence Project

The Justice Center is co-hosting the October 4 Center for Community Engagement & Learning (CCEL) Think Tank: "Does society owe anything to the wrongfully convicted?"  The Alaska Innocence Project (AIP) presents this issue to attendees, and the discussion will be co-led by Bill Oberly, AIP Executive Director, and Judy Owens-Manley, CCEL Director.

October 4 is International Wrongful Conviction Day. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to this UAA event.

What: CCEL Think Tank - "Does society owe anything to the wrongfully convicted"
When: Tuesday, October 4, 1:00 - 2:15 p.m.
Where: UAA/APU Consortium Library, LIB 307
Parking: Free parking in the Library Lot only. Please allow extra time to park. Click here for a campus map.
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Pizza is provided by Moose's Tooth.

Think Tanks are a monthly community engagement experience in which a nonprofit agency presents a challenge or issue and attendees brainstorm solutions for the organization.  Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to attend and assist this organization by contributing thoughts and ideas to the discussion.

Pre-Law Society co-sponsors Oct 5 UAA Campus bookstore event - book launch of Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters

The Pre-Law Society is a co-sponsor of the October 5 UAA Campus Bookstore event - the book launch of Alaskan author Lizbeth Meredith's memoir, Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped DaughtersMs. Meredith recounts her story of surviving intimate partner violence and her struggles to rescue her abducted daughters.

What: Book launch of Lisbeth Meredith's Pieces of Me: Rescuing My Kidnapped Daughters
Where: UAA Campus Bookstore
When: Wednesday, October 5 - 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Parking: Free parking in the West Campus Central Lot, Sports Northwest Lot, South Lot, and the Sports Lot. Click here for a campus map.

Elsie Boudreau, a social worker, will join Ms. Meredith to lead a discussion about domestic violence, the unintended consequences of leaving an abuse relationship, and the important role of a caring community.

Other event sponsors include Abused Women's Aid in Crisis (AWAIC), Green Dot Alaska, Victims for Justice, YWCA Alaska, and the Alaska Humanities Forum.  This event is free and open to students, faculty, staff, and community members.

Monday, September 26, 2016

New webpage look and new web addresses for the Justice Center, Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center, and Alaska Justice Information Center

The Justice Center, the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC), and the Alaska Justice Information Center (AJIC), have new web addresses and a new look to their web pages as part of the new UAA website redesign.

Click below and see our new web pages

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Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center -


Alaska Justice Information Center -

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Prof. Brandeis interviewed by KTVA Channel 11 News about lawsuit over PFD cut

Prof. Jason Brandeis, J.D., Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, was recently interviewed by KTVA Channel 11 News about a lawsuit in response to the cut in the permanent fund dividend (PFD).  The PFD checks are due out in early October.

As reported in the interview, Professor Brandeis noted that it was unlikely that the case would be resolved before checks are to be distributed next month.

Watch the story here
"State senator to file lawsuit Friday over PFD cut" by Liz Raines. KTVA Channel 11 News. 15 Sep 2016.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Spring 2016 of the Alaska Justice Forum released

Alaska Justice Forum 33(1), Spring 2016
The Spring 2016 issue of the Alaska Justice Forum has been released, containing the following articles:

"University of Alaska Students’ Disclosures of Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Assault Victimizations" by Brad A. Myrstol and Lindsey Blumenstein

This article uses data collected for the University of Alaska Campus Climate Survey to explore how often University of Alaska (UA) students who experienced sexual misconduct or sexual assault, either on or off campus, disclosed their victimizations to others. The likelihood of victimization disclosure in relation to the type of victimization, the persons or institutions to whom disclosure was made, and the demographic characteristics of UA student victims are also examined.

"Senate Bill 91: Summary of Policy Reforms"

This article highlights provisions of Senate Bill 91, "Omnibus Criminal Law & Procedure; Corrections Act," related to the recommendations of the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission. SB91 was signed into law on July 11, 2016.

"Youth Marijuana and Prescription Drug Abuse in Anchorage"
by Marny Rivera and Cory R. Lepage

This article examines results of the Adult Perceptions of Anchorage Youth: 2015 Survey (APAYS) to examine perceptions and concerns of Anchorage adults, both parents and non-parents, about youth marijuana use and youth non-medical use of prescription drugs. A resource list is included.

"New Staff"

Elaine Main has joined the staff of the Justice Center as an Academic Program Specialist.

"New Look and Web Addresses for the Justice Center"

The Justice Center, the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC), and the Alaska Justice Information Center (AJIC), have new web addresses and a new look to their web pages as part of the new UAA website redesign.

Justice major and his teammate advance to final round in the James Madison Cup

L to r: Students Jacob Shercliffe and Sam Erickson, Political Science Department
Professors James Muller and Forrest Nabors, guest judge Claremont McKenna
College Professor James Nichols,and students William Jodwalis and Austin Otos.
Photo courtesy of the UAA Political Science Department website.

Justice major, Austin Otos, and Political Science major, William Jodwalis, recently participated as a team in the 2016 James Madison Cup. During this annual competition held by the UAA Department of Political Science, students are quizzed about their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution. The competition is open to any UAA student, regardless of major.

Questions vary in difficulty and points are doubled if the answering team can name the article and section the answer would be found in. Of 6 participating teams, 2 advanced to the final round: Otos and Jodwalis, and Finance major Sam Erickson and  Political Science & Economics major Jacob Shercliffe.  Shercliffe and Erickson won the final round.

This year's judges were Professors James Muller and Forrest Nabors of the UAA Political Science Department, along with guest judge Prof. James Nichols of Claremont McKenna College.

Read more about the James Madison Cup competition here.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Justice and Paralegal Studies Alumni Update: Hunt and Foxglove

Joel Hunt, BA Justice '05, has successfully defended his Ph. D. dissertation in the Department of Justice, Law & Criminology in the School of Public Affairs at American University.  His dissertation was titled "Do Crime Hot Spots Move? Exploring the Effects of the Modifiable Areal Unit Problem and Modifiable Temporal Unit Problem on Crime Hot Spot Stability."

Joel graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a Bachelor of Arts in Justice degree with Research Honors, and minors in Mathematics and Computer Science.  He is a Computer Scientist in the Research Division of the Office of Science and Technology at the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

Josie Foxglove, Paralegal Studies Certificate '13, is a Deputy Clerk with the Coordinated Resources Project (Mental Health Court) in the Anchorage office of the Alaska Court System, a position she has held since spring 2015. Josie works as the project assistant and is responsible for much of the behind-the-scenes work which includes preparing court documents, scheduling, and data entry.

The Mental Health Court is a problem-solving court that works with Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority (AMHTA) beneficiaries who have mental disabilities and are charged with criminal offenses.  The goal of this voluntary court is to assist individuals in treatment and rehabilitation.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Prof. Brandeis presents on complying with federal and state marijuana laws at CannaCon conference

Prof. Jason Brandeis, J.D, was a speaker at the CannaCon conference held September 10 in Anchorage. His presentation, "Compliance with State and Federal Marijuana Laws: Navigating the Legal Landscape," provided attendees with an overview of the current federal and state marijuana laws - with a focus on Alaska - and information about potential future marijuana law and policy changes.

Prof. Brandeis teaches courses on the American legal system, constitutional law, and civil liberties, and is a frequent speaker on constitutional law and other legal topics.  Prof. Brandeis also maintains a private law practice through which he advises clients on marijuana law and policy questions.  This law practice preceded this presentation, and included providing legal services to the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Alaska.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Dr. Rivera presents at "Shatter the Myth": Town Hall on Underage Drinking in Anchorage

 L to r: Zara Smelcer, Volunteers of America Alaska;
Beth Schuerman and Sylvia Craig, Alaska Injury Prevention Center (AIPC);
and Dr. Marny Rivera, UAA Justice Center, at the program.
Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice faculty, was a panelist at the "Shatter the Myth": Town Hall Underage Drinking Presentation at the Fairview Community Recreation Center on September 6. She discussed data on underage drinking in Anchorage.

Other panelists included Zara Smelcer, Volunteers of America Alaska; Beth Schuerman, Alaska Injury Prevention Center (AIPC) Projects Director; Sylvia Craig, AIPC Projects Coordinator. This event was sponsored by Healthy Voices Healthy Choices/Volunteers of America Alaska.