Friday, September 26, 2014

Spring/Summer 2014 issue of the Alaska Justice Forum

Alaska Justice Forum 31(1–2), Spring/Summer 2014
The Spring/Summer 2014 issue of the Alaska Justice Forum includes articles on marijuana laws and policies, homelessness statistics for Alaska and the U.S., the newly-created Alaska Criminal Justice Commission, and the Alaska Court System's Early Resolution Program (ERP) for family law cases. The 20-page issue includes the following articles:

"Shifting Marijuana Laws and Policies: Implications for Alaska" by Jason Brandeis

Marijuana regulation continues to be a pressing criminal justice and social policy issue both in Alaska and across the nation. A ballot measure that would legalize, tax, and regulate marijuana in Alaska will be before the state’s voters at the November 2014 general election. This article summarizes Alaska’s current marijuana laws, identifies recent changes to other state laws and federal policies related to marijuana use and possession, and discusses the impact of those changes on Alaska’s marijuana laws.

"The Homeless: Who and How Many?" by Barbara Armstrong and Sharon Chamard

Across the nation in both rural and urban areas, public and private agencies work to provide services for homeless people. One of the biggest challenges is collecting data about homeless individuals: how many people are homeless, who they are, what services they need most, and how long they have been homeless. This article looks at reports from 2012, 2013, and 2014 on estimates of homelessness in the U.S. and Alaska, the subpopulations of homeless individuals, and the various definitions of homelessness. References for sources cited are provided.
Web supplements provide more detailed tables and an expanded bibliography of resources on homelesseness.

"The Alaska Criminal Justice Commission: A Legislative Call for Action" by Mary Geddes

With its enactment of Senate Bill 64 during the 2013–2014 legislative session, the Alaska Legislature created the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission. This article describes the work of the commission, which is charged with evaluating and making recommendations “for improving criminal sentencing practices and criminal justice practices, including rehabilitation and restitution” over a three-year period. An accompanying sidebar describes other provisions of SB 64, the omnibus crime bill.

"Early Resolution for Family Law Cases in Alaska’s Courts" by Stacey Marz

The Early Resolution Program (ERP), the first program of its kind in the nation, was developed by the Alaska Court System's Family Law Self-Help Center to provide self-represented litigants in family law cases with free legal assitance and mediation to help resolve issues and reach settlements without protracted court trials. This article discusses the ERP's goals and development, describes how cases are screened and processed, and presents ERP statistics though August 2014. An accompanying sidebar provides a program timeline, and a web supplement outlines how attorneys and judges approach various issues in a case at an Early Resolution Program (ERP) hearing.

"New Faculty"

Professor Lindsey Blumenstein has joined the Justice Center faculty as of the Fall 2014 semester.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Save the date - October 22 - 6th annual Women in Law Enforcement Recruitment Fair at UAA Student Union

Are you interested in an exciting career in law enforcement, 
but don’t know who to ask, where to start or what to do?
Come to the Recruitment Fair! 

Date:  Wednesday, October 22
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Where:  UAA Student Union, Upper Level  next to the Wells Fargo Sports Complex
Parking: Free
Everyone is welcome to attend.

  • Come by the 6th annual Women in Law Enforcement Recruitment Fair to learn about the tremendous rewards offered by the field, as well as how to get started. 
  • Representatives from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies will be present to discuss opportunities with you in a casual setting.
  • Law enforcement agencies are actively recruiting for female officers.

Sponsored by:
with the support of 
UAA Justice Center

For more information, contact Danica Bryant, UAA Career Services Center, 786-4513 dmbryant2@uaa.alaska.edu


Drs. Payne and Chamard display police research at UAA 2014 Faculty Showcase

Dr. Chamard with the research poster at the Alaska Arena.
Dr. Troy Payne and Dr. Sharon Chamard, Justice faculty, participated in the 2014 Faculty Research Showcase held as part of the opening events for the new Alaska Airlines Center on September 5 - 8.

Their poster, "Do Fees for Excessive Police Services Work," compared the count of police incidents before and after a notice of excessive police incidents at properties in Anchorage and Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Dr. Payne working on data for the research poster.


Justice Center holds reception to celebrate UAA-Willamette Law 3+3 program

L to r back row: Chancellor Tom Case, Willamette Law Dean Curtis Bridgeman, UA Regent Mary Hughes, Justice Center
Director Dr. André Rosay, Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Dana Fabe, UAA College of Health Dean Bill Hogan.
L to r back row: Willamette Law Director of Communications Karen McGlone, Justice Center Legal Studies faculty
Prof. Deb Periman, Willamette Law Assistant Dean of Admission Carolyn Dennis.
The UAA Justice Center hosted a reception  on September 11 to celebrate the new UAA-Willamette Law 3+3 Program. UAA and Willamette University College of Law have signed a memorandum of understanding to offer a 3+3 program allowing students to complete a bachelor’s degree and a law degree in 6 years, rather than the usual 7.

Chancellor Tom Case welcomed Chief Justice Dana Fabe of the Alaska Supreme Court who has actively championed expanding options for legal education and UA Regent Mary Hughes, a Willamette alum and strong supporter of increasing student opportunities. Willamette's Dean Curtis Bridgeman provided a mock law school class for students and described Willamette's historic connection with Alaska and commitment to Alaska students.

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

Prior to the reception, Dean Bridgeman conducted a mock law school
class for Pre-Law, Justice, and Legal Studies students.





Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Don't miss the symposium about opportunities and change in Alaska's emerging frontiers - October 16 at UAA!

Fran Ulmer
Fran Ulmer, former UAA Chancellor and Special Advisor to the U.S. State Department on Arctic Science and Policy, is the opening keynote for the upcoming Alaska Law Review symposium - "North to the Future: Opportunities and Change in Alaska's Emerging Frontiers."

Dr. William Iggiagruk Hensley, Visiting Distinguished Professor, UAA College of Business and Public Policy, will give the luncheon keynote.


William Hensley
Date: Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Place: UAA/APU Consortium Library LIB 307
Cost: FREE
Parking: Free in the large lot by the Alaska Airlines Center - across the street from the Library.

Rapidly evolving changes in Alaska and the Arctic present challenges to Alaska's leaders and institutions in addressing the legal issues associated with economic development, climate change, and social and cultural impacts. This symposium starts a conversation about these issues.



Panel topics include:
  • "Alaska Native Participation in the Territorial Governance of the North"
  • "Managing the Multinational Development of the Arctic North"
  • "Regulatory Oversight of Alaska's Arctic Shores"
Panelists:
Barrett Ristroph, The Wilderness Society
Mara Kimmel, UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research
Betsy Baker, University of Washington School of Law
Mike Levine, Oceana
Barry Zellen, Visiting Fellow, Institute of the North

The Alaska Law Review is published by Duke University School of Law for the Alaska Bar Association.

This event is sponsored by the Alaska Law Review, the Arctic Law Section of the Alaska Bar Association, and the UAA Justice Center.  Prof. Ryan Fortson, J.D., Ph.D., Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, is the faculty advisor for this event.

The Alaska Bar Association has approved this symposium for 4.5 hours of general CLE credit.










Monday, September 22, 2014

Khristy Parker, AJSAC researcher, interviewed by Alaska Dispatch News about Fact Sheet on drug arrests in Alaska

Khristy Parker, Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC) researcher, was interviewed by Suzanna Caldwell of the Alaska Dispatch News about the recent Fact Sheet on drug arrests in Alaska.

Click here to read the article:
"UAA report suggests drug arrests on decline in Alaska" by Suzanna Caldwell. The Alaska Dispatch News, Sep 9, 2014.

REVISION NOTE:
A revised issue of the Fact Sheet has been released.  Click here for a copy.  

Following the publication of the fact sheet — “Arrests for Drug Offenses in Alaska: 2000-2012” — the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC) was informed by the Alaska Department of Public Safety (DPS) that the UCR drug arrest data that had been published in Crime in Alaska (2012) — the source of data for this fact sheet — were incorrect due to incomplete data submissions for 2012.  DPS has since made note of these data issues in the Crime in Alaska (2012) publication, available at: http://dps.alaska.gov/statewide/docs/UCR/UCR_2012.pdf.

This fact sheet was revised following notification from Alaska Department of Public Safety of incomplete data reported for 2012 in Crime in Alaska. This notification precipitated the exclusion of 2012 data from the fact sheet. The title of this fact sheet has changed to reflect the change in data used.

Dr. Myrstol interviewed by KTUU Ch 2 News about drug arrests in Alaska

Dr. Brad Myrstol, Justice faculty and director of the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC) was interviewed about the latest AJSAC Fact Sheet by Mallory Peebles of KTUU Channel 2 News.

Click here to read the story:
"Juvenile Arrests Down, Possession of Marijuana Up in Alaska" by Mallory Peebles. KTUU Channel 2 News, Sep 10, 2014.

REVISION NOTE:
A revised issue of the Fact Sheet has been released.  Click here for a copy.  

Following the publication of the fact sheet — “Arrests for Drug Offenses in Alaska: 2000-2012” — the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC) was informed by the Alaska Department of Public Safety (DPS) that the UCR drug arrest data that had been published in Crime in Alaska (2012) — the source of data for this fact sheet — were incorrect due to incomplete data submissions for 2012.  DPS has since made note of these data issues in the Crime in Alaska (2012) publication, available at: http://dps.alaska.gov/statewide/docs/UCR/UCR_2012.pdf.

This fact sheet was revised following notification from Alaska Department of Public Safety of incomplete data reported for 2012 in Crime in Alaska. This notification precipitated the exclusion of 2012 data from the fact sheet. The title of this fact sheet has changed to reflect the change in data used.

Dr. Myrstol interviewed by Alaska Public Radio Network about recent Fact Sheet on drug arrests in Alaska

Dr. Brad Myrstol, Justice faculty and director of the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC) was interviewed about the latest AJSAC Fact Sheet by Josh Edge of the Alaska Public Radio Network (APRN).

"Statistics Show Downward Trend in Alaska Drug Arrests" by Josh Edge. APRN, September 11, 2014


REVISION NOTE:
A revised issue of the Fact Sheet has been released.  Click here for a copy.  

Following the publication of the fact sheet — “Arrests for Drug Offenses in Alaska: 2000-2012” — the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC) was informed by the Alaska Department of Public Safety (DPS) that the UCR drug arrest data that had been published in Crime in Alaska (2012) — the source of data for this fact sheet — were incorrect due to incomplete data submissions for 2012.  DPS has since made note of these data issues in the Crime in Alaska (2012) publication, available at: http://dps.alaska.gov/statewide/docs/UCR/UCR_2012.pdf.

This fact sheet was revised following notification from Alaska Department of Public Safety of incomplete data reported for 2012 in Crime in Alaska. This notification precipitated the exclusion of 2012 data from the fact sheet. The title of this fact sheet has changed to reflect the change in data used.

Prof. Fortson named Alaska Legal Services Volunteer of the Month for September

Prof. Ryan Fortson, J.D., Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, was named the Alaska Legal Services  (ALSC) Volunteer of the Month for September.

He served as an ALSC staff attorney for 4 years and regularly volunteers for the ALSC Attorney of the Day program by completing screening consultations with potential ALSC clients.  Prof. Fortson said, "By volunteering for ALSC, I am helping it to continue with its mission."

Click here to read the full story in the ALSC September Newsletter.

Prof. Knudsen presents to Alaska Bar Association Administrative Law Section

Prof. Kristin Knudsen, J.D., Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, presented to the members of the Alaska Bar Association Administrative Law Section at their September quarterly meeting. She discussed the use of empirical research to examine legal decision-making and findings from her own and other scholar’s research regarding administrative tribunals.