Friday, December 2, 2016

ANCSA at 45: Videos and symposium materials online

Adapting for the Next Generation: ANCSA at 45 and the 32d Annual Alaska Native Law Conference
Videos and symposium materials for "Adapting for the Next Generation:  The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) at 45 and the 32d Annual Alaska Native Law Conference" are now available online at the UAA Justice Center website at 

The videos in the series were produced and edited by Eric Baldwin, UAA Academic Innovations and eLearning.

Videos include:
  1. Symposium Introduction & Keynote: Raina Thiele (40:14 mins.)
  2. Panel I: ANCSA and the Future of Tribal Jurisdiction in Alaska (1 hr 15:48 mins)
  3. Panel II: Challenges and Opportunities for Alaska Native Corporations (56:58 mins.)
  4. Panel III: Federal Legislative Update (47:56 mins.)
  5. Panel IV: State Legislative Update (51:03 mins.)
  6. Panel V: Case Law Update (47:35 mins.)
  7. Panel VI: Protection of the Attorney-Client Privilege in the Joint Representation of Parent Companies and Their Subsidiaries (Legal Ethics Session) (54:07 mins.)
The complete series of videos are also available as a playlist at the UAA Justice Center YouTube channel.

The symposium, held October 14, 2016 at the UAA/APU Consortium Library on the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) campus, drew over 75 attendees including lawyers, Alaska Native village and corporation representatives, state and federal agency staff, and UAA faculty and students. The free day-long symposium was co-sponsored by the UAA Justice Center, the Alaska Law Review (ALR), and the Alaska Native Law Section of the Alaska Bar Association. Coordinators of the program were Prof. Ryan Forston, J.D., Ph.D., of the UAA Justice Center; Christian Vazquez, Articles Editor of the Alaska Law Review; and Bruce Anders, co-chair of the Alaska Native Law Section of the Alaska Bar Association.

The Alaska Law Review will be publishing an issue at a later date with the articles prepared for the symposium.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Save the date! December 8 at UAA - Criminal justice reform: A discussion of Senate Bill 91

 Criminal Justice Reform:
A discussion of Senate Bill 91


Reducing the prison population
while enhancing public safety

Day: Thursday, December 8, 2016
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Place: Wendy Williamson Auditorium, UAA Campus
Parking: Free parking in lots next to auditorium

This event is free and open to the public, UAA students, faculty, and staff.

Jeff Jessee, Alaska Criminal Justice Commission member, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority - Moderator
Lt. Kris Sell, Alaska Criminal Justice Commission member
Barbara Dunham, Alaska Criminal Justice Commission
Geri Fox, Alaska Division of Pretrial Services
Dr. Araceli Valle, Alaska Justice Information Center
Dr. Troy Payne, Justice Center faculty

This event is co-sponsored by the UAA Justice Center and the Justice Club.

Justice Center welcomes new staff

Jo Walker
Jo Walker has joined the staff of the Justice Center as Academic Program Specialist. Most recently, Ms. Walker worked for an Anchorage law firm. Prior to that position, she was on the staff at UAA with the College of Education and with Facilities Maintenance.  Following that, she was the executive assistant to the general manager of the Alaska Airlines Center during the Center's opening and first 1.5 years of operation.

Justice Center closed November 24 and 25 for Thanksgiving break

UAA and the Justice Center will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 24 and 25, for the Thanksgiving break.

We wish you and your families a very happy and safe holiday!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Dr. Chamard presents at CCEL Urban & Rural in Alaska Community Engagement Conference at UAA

Dr. Chamard (at podium) discusses her project.
Dr. Sharon Chamard, Justice faculty, presented at the October 21 Urban & Rural in Alaska: Community Engagement at UAA Conference sponsored by the Center for Community Engagement and Learning (CCEL).

A group of over 25 UAA faculty were part of the "Rapid-Fire Community Engagement at UAA" lunch session.  Faculty members each had 2 minutes to present information on their community-engaged project.  Dr. Chamard discussed, "Did closing a liquor store change the neighborhood?"

The conference also featured a keynote address, and break-out sessions with faculty, community partners and students presenting together on a variety of community-engaged projects.

Kara Joseph, CCEL Office Manager (seated at left), and
Dr. Judith Owens-Manley, CCEL Director, listen to Dr. Chamard's presentation.


Dr. Payne publishes article in Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society on examining street segments over time for crime patterns

Dr. Troy Payne, Justice faculty, has published an article in Criminology, Criminal Justice, Law & Society.  The article is titled "The Importance of Small Units of Aggregation: Trajectories of Crime at Addresses in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1998-2012."  

With his coauthor, Dr. Kathleen Gallagher (The Analysis Group), Dr. Payne examined the long-term trends of crime at addresses in Cincinnati, OH 1998-2012.  The authors found that crime is concentrated within a relative handful of addresses.  They also found that high-crime addresses coexist with low-crime addresses on the same block.  The implications for policy and practice are discussed.

Prof. Brandeis speaks on marijuana law at APU MBA Business & Health Ethics intensive November 12

Prof. Jason Brandeis, J.D., Legal Studies faculty in the Justice Center, spoke at APU on November 12 about the impact and implications of the legalization of marijuana for the business community in Alaska.  His presentation was at the Three-Day Intensive for Business Ethics and Health Ethics  that is part of the APU MBA program.  Maria Bahr, J.D., Bar Counsel for the Alaska Bar Association is the coordinator for the intensive.

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, November 17, 2016

Alaska Justice Information Center welcomes new staff

Tristian Monterastelli
Tristian Monterastelli, MPP, recently joined the Alaska Justice Information Center (AJiC) staff as a Research Professional. Ms. Monterastelli received her Masters in Public Policy, with specializations in Economics and State & Local Policy, from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. While in graduate school, she was the Research & Development Analyst for Serving California, a nonprofit foundation, which works with ex-offenders, victims, and veterans experiencing PTSD.

She is a UAF alumna and formerly worked at the Alaska Division of Juvenile Justice Fairbanks Youth Facility as a Juvenile Justice Officer. 

The Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative in Alaska is being guided by AJiC and the AJiC steering committee made up of representatives from First Alaskans Institute, Alaska Judicial Council, Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority, Alaska Division of Legislative Finance, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Alaska Department of Corrections, Alaska Department of Law, Alaska Public Defender Agency, and the Alaska Department of Public Safety. Dr. Brad Myrstol is the director of the Alaska Justice Information Center and director of the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center.

AJiC is jointly funded by the state of Alaska and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority and housed within the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Drs. Blumenstein and Payne, APD officers, and AWAIC representative discuss domestic violence at roundtable

Dr. Lindsey Blumenstein and Dr. Troy Payne, Justice faculty, joined APD Officers  Lisa Whitmore and Rhonda Street, and  AWAIC Community Education Coordinator Emily Sannini, at a Domestic Violence Action Roundtable at UAA on October 20.

Panelists for the program (l to r): Dr. Lindsey Blumenstein, Justice Center;
Officer Lisa Whitemore and Officer Rhonda Street, Anchorage Police Dept.;
Emily Sannini, Community Education Coordinator, Abused Women's
Aid in Crisis (AWAIC); and Dr. Troy Payne, Justice Center.
The discussion centered on how frequently domestic violence occurs, how to help victims, and what the process of reporting to the police is like  — all with a focus on what everyone can do to prevent domestic violence.

View the short video clip of Dr. Blumenstein:

This event was co-sponsored by the UAA Justice Center and the Justice Club. Dr. Troy Payne is the faculty advisor for the Justice Club.

UAA Justice Club students address the attendees.
L to r standing: Jonathan Gonzalez, member-at-large;
Brianna Baldwin, treasurer; Bradley Foster, president.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Prof. Fortson's LEGL 487 students present a simulated trial before Alaska Superior Court Judge Sen Tan (Ret.)

Students pose for a photo with Judge Tan and Prof. Fortson prior to the opening of the simulated trial. L to r: Mya Johnson, Jennifer Ham, Madeline Rafferty, Judge Tan, Prof. Fortson, Taylor Lane, Josie Davis, and Sondra Smith.
Prof. Ryan Fortson, J.D., Ph.D., Justice Center Legal Studies faculty, held a simulated trial in his Legal 487 - Trial and Advanced Litigation Processes course in October.

Students prepared arguments for a hypothetical case. They examined and cross-examined witnesses, and gave opening statements and closing arguments before Alaska Superior Court Judge Sen Tan (Ret.).  Judge Tan rendered a decision after the case was presented.