Friday, October 31, 2014

Prof. Brandeis publishes article in Alaska Bar Rag on history of Alaska's marijuana laws

Prof. Jason Brandeis, J.D., Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, had an article on the history of Alaska marijuana law published in the July-September 2014 issue of the Alaska Bar Rag, the official publication of the Alaska Bar Association.

"Ravin revisited: A brief recap of Alaska's unique marijuana law" by Jason Brandeis.

Prof. Brandeis teaches courses on American government, constitutional law and civil liberties, and is a frequent speaker on constitutional law and other legal issues. Prof. Brandeis also maintains a private law practice through which he provided legal representation in administrative agency proceedings for the Campaign to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol in Alaska.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Dr. Blumenstein presents at Society for the Study of Social Problems

Dr. Lindsey Blumenstein, Justice faculty, co-presented at the Society for the Study of Social Problems annual meeting in August in San Francisco, with Jason A. Ford, University of Central Florida.

Their topic was “Depression and Substance Use: The Moderating Influence of Social Class.”

The Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) is an interdisciplinary community of scholars, practitioners, advocates, and students interested in the application of critical, scientific, and humanistic perspectives to the study of vital social problems

Alaska Victimization Study cited in LA Times article about U.S. Senate seat campaign in Alaska

Statistics from the Alaska Victimization Survey statewide estimates from 2010 were cited in a recent article in the Los Angeles Times.

The article noted, "Nearly 60% of all women in Alaska have been victims of rape or domestic violence or both in their lifetimes, according to a study by the Justice Center at the University of Alaska Anchorage, whose researchers say the results could be conservative."

Read the full article:
"Violence against women emerges as key campaign issue in Alaska" by Maria L. La Ganga. Los Angeles Times, 21 Oct 2014.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dr. Payne moderates panel November 5 on "Stopped by Police?" - learn about your rights, what to expect and say

Dr. Troy Payne, Justice faculty, moderates a panel - "Stopped by Police?" -  on Wednesday, November 5, co-sponsored by the Anchorage Community Police Relations Task Force, the Anchorage Equal Rights Commission, the Anchorage Police Department, and the UAA Justice Center.

What: "Stopped by Police?"
Date: Wednesday, November 5
Time: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Place: UAA/APU Consortium Library, LIB 307
Parking: Free in Library surface lots and East Garage by Conoco-Phillips Integrated Sciences Building

Experts from the Anchorage Police Department and the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska will discuss the topics below and answer questions from the audience:
  • What to expect
  • What to say
  • What are my rights?
  • Can an officer search my car?
  • Do passengers have to provide ID?
  • When can officers pull me over?
  • Why do officers always shine their flashlight in my eyes?

Join us at the Justice Center for pizza and academic advising on Wednesday, November 5!

2013 Pizza Party

Justice and Legal Studies students, alums, and faculty are invited for pizza and academic advising!

What: Pizza and Advising!
Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Place: Justice Center, Consortium Library, 2nd flr, LIB 213

  • Drop in for pizza and soft drinks.
  • Meet your advisors, professors, and fellow students.
  • Get answers to advising questions.
  • Plan your spring schedule.
Hope to see you Wednesday!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Podcast available of Prof. Fortson and panel discussing climate change impact, environmental law and Alaska Natives, climate change adaptation

Prof. Ryan Fortson, J.D., Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, was a panelist at the UAA Bookstore event, UAA Distance Education Faculty: Alaska and the Environment, held October 21, 2014.

Davin Holen, UAA Dept. of Anthropology, and Lia Slemons, UAA Dept. of Geography and Environmental Studies, joined Prof. Fortson in a discussion of environmental change, climate change adaption, and environmental law and Alaska Natives. 

Access the podcast on iTunes here.
(Prof. Fortson's presentation begins at 1:15 on the podcast.)

Dr. Rivera presents to Division of Behavioral Health grantees about research on substance abuse

Dr. Rivera (far right at head table) discusses her research on underage drinking.
Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice faculty, presented at the Alaska Division of Behavioral Health Annual Prevention Grantee Conference on September 25.

She participated in the "Policy and Enforcement: Tales from Alaskan Communities" panel which looked at policy, enforcement, research, and the challenges and successes related to managing alcohol use and abuse in Alaska.

Dr. Rivera discussed research on Alaska’s alcohol control policies and enforcement of them. Her areas of expertise include underage drinking and substance abuse as well as the co-occurrence of substance abuse with child maltreatment, and violence against women.

AJSAC Fact Sheets added to National Criminal Justice Reference Service online index

The Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC) Fact Sheets, "Firearm Use in Violent Crime in the U.S. and Alaska, 1980-2011," and "Violent Crime Arrests in Alaska," by Dr. Brad Myrstol, AJSAC Director, have been added to the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) online index.

Click here for all AJSAC publications.


Monday, October 27, 2014

AJSAC creates electronic archive of searchable copies of Alaska uniform crime report publications

As a community service, the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC) has converted hard copies of Alaska's uniform crime report publications from 1976 through 1999 into searchable PDF documents. These Crime in Alaska reports are now available on the AJSAC websiteThis electronic archive provides accessibility to important historical crime statistics for researchers and members of the public, fulfilling part of the mission of the AJSAC.

The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program is the starting place for law enforcement executives, students of criminal justice, researchers, members of the media, and the public at large seeking information on crime in the nation. The program was conceived in 1929 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police to meet the need for reliable uniform crime statistics for the nation. In 1930, the FBI was tasked with collecting, publishing, and archiving those statistics nationally.

Since 1982, the Alaska Department of Public Safety (DPS), Division of Statewide Services (DSS), has administered the UCR program for Alaska.The Criminal Records and Identification Bureau (CRIB), located within the DSS, collects, tabulates, reports, and publishes UCR data submitted by Alaska law enforcement agencies.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

UAA/APU Books of the Year author Blaine Harden speaks at UAA October 22

Author Blaine Harden
Blaine Harden, author of Escape from Camp 14, one of the UAA/APU Books of the Year, will speak to Justice/Legal Studies students in classes taught by Prof. Deb. Periman, J.D., and Dr. Ron Everett, Justice faculty, on Wednesday, October 21, at 8:30 a.m. in SSB 211.  Mr. Harden will speak about his book and related international human rights law issues.

About the book: Shin Dong-hyuk was born in a completely isolated North Korean prison camp, lived in extreme information deprivation for over 20 years, and is one of the very few inmates who have escaped. Shin knew nothing of contemporary existence--all information about history and the outside world was a systematic barrage of untruths. Through the lens of Shin's life, journalist Blaine Harden shows the impact of information on our lives, both for good and for ill. 

Blaine Harden is an American author and journalist. For 28 years, he worked for The Washington Post as a correspondent in Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia, as well as in New York and Seattle. For four years, he was a local and national correspondent for The New York Times and a writer for the Times Magazine. He has also reported for PBS Frontline, The Economist, Foreign Policy, National Geographic and the Guardian. His latest book is The Great Leader and the Fighter Pilot.

 The UAA/APU Books of the Year program, part of the Ford Foundation Difficult Dialogues Project, encourages faculty to integrate into their curriculum books selected for their relevance and timeliness.

The 2013-2015 UAA/APU Books of the Year are The Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone and Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West.

Together these books question the power of ideas and ideology to shape our realities,and emphasize the importance of critically assessing the validity of information.