Monday, October 20, 2014

Dr. Myrstol presents violence against women research at Shepherd's Care Forum

Dr. Myrstol discusses findings from the Alaska Victimization Survey (AVS).
Dr. Brad Myrstol, Justice faculty and Director of the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC), presented research on violence against women in Alaska at the recent Shepherd's Care Forum. The September 19 event was sponsored by the Church of Anchorage and held at the State Crime Lab. Dr. Myrstol presented findings from the Alaska Victimization Survey, which is an ongoing survey conducted by the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA) and the UAA Justice Center.

Lauree Morton presents information on victim services.
Lauree Morton, Executive Director of the CDVSA, also spoke at the forum, and presented information on the resources and services available statewide for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The forum's organizers noted that the goal of the forum was to better equip faith leaders to provide needed care for those suffering from issues of domestic violence and sexual assault, and to discover and connect them with resources  for victims in the Anchorage area.  Attendance included 67 individuals, representing 40 faith-based organizations and/or collaborating resource agencies.

Justice Alumni Chapter president attends UAA Building Futures scholarship fundraiser

Beth Mader, President of the Justice Alumni Chapter, attended the September 7 Building Futures Dinner held in the Alaska Airlines Center.  This event celebrated the grand opening of the new center, with proceeds supporting the Athletic Excellence Fund at the UA Foundation.

Read about it in the Green & Gold News.

L to r: Chancellor Tom Case and
Beth Mader, Justice Alumni Chapter
President, at the Building Futures Dinner.
Taking a moment for a photo, (l to r) Beth Mader,
Justice Alumni Chapter President; Rachel Morse, Assistant
Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations; and Nona Wilson,
Senior Alumni Relations Specialist.

Friday, October 17, 2014

AJSAC to make archived Crime in Alaska publications available online

The Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (AJSAC) is currently working to create an online repository for Alaska’s uniform crime reporting (UCR) statistics by converting hard copies of Crime in Alaska publications into searchable PDF documents.  This AJSAC project is an effort to make existing Alaska justice data more widely accessible to the public.

The archived data includes Crime in Alaska publications from 1976-1999. Copies of Crime in Alaska for 2000-present are available online at the Alaska Department of Public Safety (DPS) website : http://dps.alaska.gov/Statewide/UCR.aspx

The project is scheduled to be completed by November 1, with searchable PDFs available online at: http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/alaskajusticestatisticalanalysiscenter/ucr.cfm
Donté Powell holds some of the
hard copies of crime data for Alaska
that he is scanning for an online repository.

Khristy Parker, AJSAC Research Professional, is supervising this project. Volunteer and Justice alum, Donté Powell, BA Justice ’14, is assisting. Donté is in the process of testing to join a law enforcement agency.  He hopes to get some experience in the field and then become a crime analyst.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Don't miss the October 16 North to the Future Symposium at UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307!


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.

Agenda and materials are on the Justice Center website.

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

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

For information, contact Prof. Ryan Fortson, hrfortson@uaa.alaska.edu

Alaska Law Review article by Prof. Brandeis quoted in Washington Post

The Alaska Law Review article, "The Continuing Vitality of Ravin v. State: Alaskans Still Have a Constitutional Right to Possess Marijuana in the Privacy of Their Homes," by Prof. Jason Brandeis, J.D., Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, was quoted in a Washington Post article by Christopher Ingraham in his Wonkblog.

 Mr. Ingraham noted, "Alaskans can currently lawfully possess up to four ounces of marijuana in their homes for personal use [and cultivate up to 25 plants], but still risk prosecution under existing state and federal statutes," concludes University of Alaska law professor Jason Brandeis in an exhaustive history of Alaska marijuana law (which makes for a pretty interesting read if you're into such things)."

Read the full article here: "Alaska legalized weed 39 years ago. Wait, what?" by Christopher Ingraham. 24 Sept 2014, Washington Post Wonkblog

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Research by Prof. Brandeis cited during Common Ground program about marijuana legalization ballot measure 2

Research by Prof. Jason Brandeis, J.D., Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, was cited by moderator, Steve Mac Donald, during a Common Ground program on the marijuana legalization initiative.

Mr. Mac Donald cited research in Prof. Brandeis' article, "The Continuing Vitality of Ravin v. State: Alaskans Still Have a Constitutional Right to Possess Marijuana in the Privacy of Their Homes,"  published in the December 2012 issue of the Alaska Law Review.

The article addresses the unique history and case law surrounding the Alaska Constitution's right to privacy and how it applies to private, personal marijuana use.

Prof. Brandeis teaches courses on American government, constitutional law and civil liberties, and is a frequent speaker on constitutional law and other legal issues.

Click here to access the podcast and the video of this event:
 Alaska Common Ground Summer Ballot Measure Series: Marijuana Legalization Initiative. 6 Aug 2014.




Prof. Periman and Dr. Magen co-present at new faculty orientation about Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence programs

L to r: Prof. Periman and Dr. Magen talk to new faculty
about the Making Learning Visible program.
Dr. Randy Magen, School of Social Work, and Prof. Deb Periman, J.D., Legal Studies Program Coordinator in the Justice Center, co-presented at the new faculty orientation held at the beginning of the fall 2014 semester and sponsored by the Center for Adevancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE). They introduced new faculty to the Making Learning Visible - the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Faculty Learning Community at UAA.

Prof. Periman also presented an overview of the Center for Community Engagement and Learning (CCEL) and faculty resources available to support service learning at UAA.


Dr. Lindsey Blumenstein, new Justice faculty, at the orientation.



Prof. Brandeis interviewed by KTVA CBS Ch 11 News for news segments on same-sex marriage cases

Prof. Jason Brandeis, J.D., Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, was interviewed by KTVA CBS Ch 11 News for several news segments about same-sex marriage cases in the United States Supreme Court, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Federal District Court of Alaska.

Prof. Brandeis teaches courses on American government, constitutional law and civil liberties, and is a frequent speaker on constitutional law and other legal issues.

See the video clips here:

"Federal judge: Alaska's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional." KTVA CBS Ch 11 News, 12 Oct 2014

"9th Circuit Court ruling could lift Alaska's same-sex marriage ban."  KTVA CBS Ch 11 News, 7 Oct 2014

 "Supreme Court turns away same-sex marriage cases," reported by Stephanie Condon. KTVA CBS Ch 11 News, 6 Oct 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

Oct 16 symposium at UAA on opportunities and change in Alaska's emerging frontiers

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"

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

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

For information, contact Prof. Ryan Fortson, hrfortson@uaa.alaska.edu

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sam Erickson, Pre-Law Society member, and his teammate win the 2014 Madison Cup

L t r: German Banquero and Sam Erickson just after
correctly answering the final question in the
2014 Madison Cup and securing the championship.
Sam Erickson, Pre-Law Society member, and German Banquero were the team winners of the 2014 Madison Cup competition held in September.  This is an annual event sponsored by the UAA Department of Political Science to test students' knowledge of the U.S. Constitution.  Five teams participated in the competition this year.

One of the many remarkable moments during the competition happened when a judge requested Team Number One - Banquero and Erickson - to expand on a question asking what the goals of the Constitution are. In unison, the teammates recited the Preamble to the United States Constitution. (They repeated the performance again after the competition – watch it on YouTube.)

First-place winners German Baquero and Sam Erickson each received a copy of The Heritage Guide to the Constitution and an engraved mug. The second-place finishers, Hans and Karl Rodvick, each received a copy of the Constitution and a gift certificate to the UAA Campus Bookstore.

For additional information about the Madison Cup, visit the Department of Political Science website.

Read the full story in the September 24, Green & Gold News:
"Congratulations to 2014 Madison Cup winners German Banquero and Sam Erickson"

 
The first and second place teams (far right and left) with the four
competition judges.