Friday, August 31, 2012

Justice Center part of 2012 Campus Kickoff success

The 2012 Campus Kickoff on Saturday, August 25 was a great success with tons of booths, activities, and sun!  Prof. Deb Periman, J.D.; Dr. Troy Payne, Dr. Cory LePage, Prof. Ryan Fortson, J.D.; and Prof. Kristin Knudsen, J.D., Justice faculty, were on hand to talk to current and prospective Justice and Paralegal Studies students and their parents.  UAA Chancellor Tom Case stopped by the Justice Center booth as he toured the event.  See photos below.
L to r: Dr. Cory Lepage, Chancellor Tom Case, Prof. Deb Periman, J.D. and Prof. Ryan Fortson, J.D.
L to r: Justice faculty Dr. Troy Payne and Dr. Cory Lepage haul sandbags for setting up the canopy for the exhibit.
L to right: Prof. Deb Periman, J.D.; student Yana Yermolenko; and Dr. Troy Payne.
L to r: Dr. Cory Lepage and student Chloe Akers discuss Justice classes.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Alaska data workshop with National Governors Association highlights progress toward one state ID number for persons in Alaska justice system

Alan McKelvie, Director of the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center, presented at the data workshop in Anchorage sponsored by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices on August 23.

The Alaska In-State Policy Workshop was part of the efforts to "improve Alaska's ability to link data across justice agencies to help the state measure recidivism rates." This day-long workshop focused on status reports from the various agencies involved in the project to adopt a single type of person identifier to be used by the Alaska justice system. Mr. McKelvie gave an overview of the APSIN (Alaska Public Safety Information Network) ID Query Project. The APSIN ID number is set to become the official person identifier used in Alaska.

Currently, an individual in the justice system may have a different ID number assigned to him/her by various justice agencies with whom the individual is involved, e.g., Alaska State Troopers, corrections, the courts, etc. The lack of a single ID number across all justice agencies creates tremendous problems when attempting to analyze data to determine recidivism rates.   

Other panelists included Thomas MacLellan, Director,and Jeff McLeod, Senior Policy Analyst, Homeland Security and Public Division, National Governors Association Center for Best Practices; Scott Came, Deputy Executive Director, SEARCH-National Consortium for Justice and Information Statistics; Carmen Gutierrez, Deputy Commissioner, Prisoner Rehabilitation & Reentry, Alaska Department of Corrections; Kathy Monfreda, Chief, Criminal Records and Identification Bureau, Alaska Department of Public Safety; other members of the Department of Public Safety Development Team; and additional agency representatives.  The program was moderated by Helen Sharratt, Integrated Justice Coordinator, Alaska Court System.

Alaska project members will be meeting to discuss the next steps for implementation.


Far right: Alan McKelvie, Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center Director, gives an update
on the APSIN Project.  Other participants left to right: Joe Butler, IT Manager, Alaska Department of
Corrections, and Carmen Gutierrez, Deputy Commissioner, Alaska Department of Corrections.
Workshop participants listen to agency status reports.

Dean hosts barbecue for College of Health faculty and staff

Dean Bill Hogan hosted a barbecue for the faculty and staff of the College of Health (COH) on August 21. The event was held at the Fireside Cafe on campus, but the young moose who attended last year did not make an appearance this time.   

Dean Hogan gave an update on the College, and Interim Provost "Bear" Baker described the status of issues related to the College, as well as noting the ongoing campus construction projects.

Our thanks to the Dean and all the individuals who helped make this event such a success!

L to r: Harriet Paule, Administrative Assistant to Dean of the College of Health, and Justice Center faculty
Dr. Troy Payne and Dr. Cory Lepage.
L to r: Ryan Shercliffe, Interprofessional Simulation Manager; Dr. David Driscoll, Associate Dean for Research;
COH Dean Bill Hogan; Dillon Pressley, COH student.
L to r: Dr. Allan Barnes, Justice Center Acting Director; Russ Pressley, Senior Assistant Dean; and
Interim Provost "Bear" Baker.

L to r: Dr. Jenny Miller, Dept. of Health Sciences, and
Dr. Brad Myrstol, Justice Center.

L to r: Dr. Randy Magen, Associate Dean,  and
Prof. Deb Periman, J.D., Justice Center.
L to r: Debbie Gleason, Grants & Contracts Analyst, and
COH Dean Bill Hogan.
L to r: Danielle Dixon, Program Coordinator; Carey Brown, Advising Coordinator;
Dr. Susan Kaplan, Administrative Dean; Russ Pressley, Senior Assistant Dean.


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Director of Statistical Analysis Center presents at data workshop sponsored by National Governors Association

Alan McKelvie, Director of the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center, is a panelist on August 23 for a data workshop in Anchorage sponsored by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices. The "Alaska In-State Policy Workshop" is part of the efforts to "improve Alaska's ability to link data across justice agencies to help the state measure recidivism rates."

Mr. McKelvie, a member of the Alaska team, will assist in  providing a project overview and status update of the APSIN (Alaska Public Safety Information Network) ID Query Project. The goal of the project is to implement adopting a single type of person identifier to be used by the Alaska justice system.  Currently, an individual in the justice system may have a different ID number assigned to him/her by various justice agencies with whom the individual is involved, e.g., Alaska State Troopers, corrections, the courts, etc. The lack of a single ID number across all justice agencies creates tremendous problems when attempting to analyze data to determine recidivism rates.   

Other panelists include Thomas MacLellan, Director, Homeland Security and Public Division, National Governors Association Center for Best Practices; Carmen Gutierrez, Deputy Commissioner, Prisoner Rehabilitation & Reentry, Alaska Department of Corrections; Kathy Monfreda, Chief, Criminal Records and Identification Bureau, Alaska Department of Public Safety;and other members of the Department of Public Safety Development Team.

Workshop participants will work with the National Governors Association to develop a strategic plan for adopting and integrating the APSIN ID across state agencies in order to track offender recidivism.

Drs. Myrstol and Jenkins speak about "Difficult Dialogues" at new faculty orientation

Dr. Brad Myrstol, Justice faculty, and Dr. Patricia Jenkins, Department of English, described the "Difficult Dialogues" project at the new faculty orientation on August 13, 2012, sponsored by the Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE). The focus was on "Start Talking: A Handbook for Engaging Difficult Dialogues in Higher Education" which explores productive ways to engage difficult dialogues in the classroom and other academic settings.

Far left: Dr. Brad Myrstol and Dr. Patricia Jenkins share strategies with new faculty.
Far right: Prof. Ryan Fortson, new Justice faculty.

Dr. Myrstol and Dr. Jenkins discussed strategies to encourage students to get involved in investigating controversial topics. They examined such issues as academic freedom, classroom safety, and rhetoric and debate.

Left to right: Libby Roderick, Associate Director of CAFE; new faculty member Sam Siewert;
Dr. Brad Myrstol; and Dr. Patricia Jenkins.
This program is part of the Ford Foundation's "Difficult Dialogues" national initiative.

Justice Center welcomes new faculty - Profs. Fortson and Knudsen

Prof. Ryan Fortson and Prof. Kristin Knudsen have joined the Justice Center faculty as of the Fall 2012 semester and will be teaching courses in the Justice and Legal Studies-Paralegal programs.

Ryan Fortson, Ph.D., J.D., joins the faculty as an Assistant Professor. He is a past adjunct faculty member with the Justice Center and the Political Science Department.  Most recently he worked for the Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC) as a staff attorney dealing primarily with family law, landlord/tenant relations, and public benefits cases. He is a partner of the Northern Justice Project, the only private civil rights law firm in Alaska. Prior to his ALSC work, Prof. Fortson was a senior associate with the law firm of Dorsey & Whitney LLP. His legal experience there included regulation of public utilities. Prof. Fortson received a J.D. from Stanford Law School, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.

Kristin Knudsen, J.D., joins the faculty as an Assistant Professor and is a past adjunct faculty member for the Justice Center. She is the past Chair of the Alaska Workers' Compensation Appeals Commission where she presided over appeals hearings and drafted decisions and regulations. Prior to that Prof. Knudsen was a member of the Special Litigation Section of the Alaska Office of the Attorney General. She is currently in the judicial studies graduate program at the University of  Nevada, Reno/National Judicial College. Her research concerns the role of lay members of mixed (lawyer and non-lawyer) administrative tribunals in Alaska compared with lay assessors of European mixed courts. Prof. Knudsen received a J.D. from Santa Clara University.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tribal courts conference brings together tribal, state, and federal representatives

Dr. Brad Myrstol and Dr. Cory Lepage, Justice faculty. and Barbara Armstrong, editor of the Alaska Justice Forum, attended the 29th Annual Alaska Tribal Court Development Conference, August 7-9, in Fairbanks.

Over 175 tribal court judges, court clerks, tribal administrators, Native village representatives, as well federal and state agency representatives participated.  The agenda included presentations on tribal court procedures, restorative justice, state/tribal relations, domestic violence, and juvenile cases.

 "Domestic Violence: What Can Tribes Do?" panel members present to the attendees.
 The conference is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice and the Bureau of Indian Affairs through the National Tribal Judicial Center at the National Judicial College, Tanana Chiefs Conference, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Tribal Management Program.

Premiere of documentary at conference
A highlight of the conference was the premiere of  the documentary film, "The Story of Federal Indian Law in Alaska." The film was produced by Lisa Jaeger, Tanana Chiefs Conference, and Kevin Illingworth, University of Alaska Fairbanks Interior Aleutian Campus, with funding from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Tribal Services. Copies of the film will be made available statewide.

L to r: Dr. Cory Lepage and Dr. Brad Myrstol, UAA Justice Center,
and  Prof. Kevin Illingworth, UAF Tribal Management Program.

2012 National Survey of Tribal Court Systems announced at conference
The 2012 National Survey of Tribal Court Systems to be conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) was announced at the conference. Survey materials will be sent in early 2013 to tribal courts. 



Donna Folger, Tanana Tribal Family Youth Specialist (at podium), addresses participants
during the "Circle Sentencing, Restorative Justice" panel.
L to r: Dr. Brad Myrstol, UAA Justice Center, and Lisa Jaeger,
Tanana Chiefs Conference.
 Mishal Gaede, Tanana Chiefs Conference, (at podium) opens the "Alaska Tribal Court" panel.
Immediately to left of the podium is Elder Tribal Court Judge MaryAhkivgak from the
Native Village of Barrow.

Dr. Magen and Prof. Periman highlight UAA faculty learning communities at 2012 new faculty orientation

Dr. Randy Magen, School of Social Work, and Prof. Deb Periman, J.D., Justice faculty, discussed UAA learning communities at the new faculty orientation on August 14 sponsored by the UAA Center for Advancing Faculty Excellence (CAFE).

Standing l to r: Dr. Magen and Prof. Periman describe the Making Learning Visible project.


Making Learning Visible
Dr. Magen and Prof. Periman outlined activities of the "Making Learning Visible" Project for the upcoming academic year. The goal of this project is to provide resources and a supportive community of colleagues to faculty as they strive to self-evaluate and improve their teaching skills.

Activities for faculty include a series of sessions centered on the book, Inquiry into the College Classroom: A Journey Toward Scholarly Teaching, and working groups to assist faculty in developing a web-based portfolio for public dissemination and for inclusion in their faculty review file, that documents efforts to improve teaching and student learning.


UAA/APU Books of the Year
At podium: Prof. Periman outlines Books of the Year events.
Prof. Periman also described the "UAA/APU Books of the Year" program, part of the Ford Foundation Difficult Dialogues Project.  The program encourages faculty to integrate into their curriculum books selected for their relevance and timeliness. The Big Short by Michael Lewis and The Working Poor by David K. Shipler were selected by a faculty committee for the 2011 through 2013 academic years.  The program's website provides faculty with materials and ideas for weaving themes from the books into their classes and creating a community conversation.

David Shipler
David Shipler will visit the UAA and APU campuses and Anchorage community as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow on September 24 - 28, 2012, and will speak at a series of events.  He will give a public lecture on Thursday, September 27 at 7:00 p.m. (location tba) and a campus talk for APU and UAA on the APU campus Friday, September 28 from 10:00 a.m. - 12 noon. He will also be working directly with students in the classroom.

Mr. Shipler has worked as a journalist for "The New York Times," and has written for "The New Yorker," "The Washington Post," and the "Los Angeles Times."  He won a Pulitzer Prize for his book, Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land, and has taught at Princeton University, American University in Washington, D.C., and at Darmouth College.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Paralegal Studies students invited to meet new faculty August 22

All Paralegal Studies students are invited for deli snacks and to meet the new Justice Center faculty, Professors Ryan Fortson and Kristin Knudsen.
  • Day: Wednesday, August 22
  • Time: 12 noon
  • Where: LIB214 - next door to Justice Center office
  • Refreshments: Deli snacks and cookies
Come welcome our new faculty, ask questions about course changes, and help us celebrate the growth of our program.

For more info contact the Justice Center at 786-1810 or email us. Prof. Deb Periman, J.D., is the Legal Studies Coordinator.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Alaska Federation of Natives cites Alaska Victimization Survey data in letter to Congressman Young about Violence Against Women Act

The Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) cite Alaska Victimization Survey (AVS) data and other Justice Center research on violence against Ahtna and Athabascan women in a May 7, 2012 letter to Alaska Congressman Don Young. [Update: the letter is no longer available online.]

The letter urges Congressman Young  to "include provisions that will enable Tribal governments in Alaska to more effectively combat an epidemic of domestic violence aginst Native American and Alaska Native women, as you consider any Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) authorization."

The AFN website also has a link to the UAA Justice Center  Alaska Victimization Survey webpage.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Dr. Chamard attends American Association of University Professors training on contract and grievance administration

Dr. Sharon Chamard, Justice Center faculty, recently attended the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Summer Institute, held in Chicago.

She received three days of training on "Contract and Grievance Administration."  Dr. Chamard is the Grievance Officer on the Anchorage campus for United Academics-AAUP/AFT Local 4996.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Paralegal Studies program celebrates 20 years of American Bar Association approval

1992 approval letter from the American Bar Association
The Paralegal Studies Certificate Program at the Justice Center was approved by the American Bar Association (ABA) 20 years ago today.  Since 1992, the Paralegal Studies Certificate has been awarded to several hundred individuals. The Paralegal Studies programs at UAA and UAF are the only American Bar approved programs in Alaska.

The mission of the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Paralegals  is to improve the American system of justice by establishing ABA standards for the education of paralegals and by promoting attorneys' professional, effective and ethical utilization of paralegals.

UAA Paralegal graduates can be found working in law firms, state and federal agencies, corporate legal departments, the courts, Native corporations, and the private business sector, contributing to the justice system on the local, state, and federal levels.

Prof. Deborah Periman, J.D., is the coordinator for the Paralegal Studies Certificate Program.

The Paralegal Studies program does not train lawyers or legal administrators, and graduates are not authorized to provide direct legal services to the public.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Justice Center offers Minor in Legal Studies for fall 2012

The Justice Center is offering a Minor in Legal Studies starting in fall 2012.

Jumpstart your career with an education that combines legal knowledge with specialized skills training!

The Legal Studies Minor:
  • Provides students with a theoretical education about the law
  • Offers specialized skills to work as a paralegal or other nonlawyer professional in a variety of legal settings
  • Lays the academic foundation for students who may wish to advance to graduate programs in law or public policy
A total of 21 credits is required for the minor with a minimum grade of C in each course.

Honors Option for Students - Improving Access to Justice
Students minoring in Legal Studies are eligible to graduate with Pro Bono Service Honors upon completion of 50 hours of volunteer service with a legal services agency approved by the Legal Studies Program Coordinator.

Career Opportunities
The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that jobs in the legal field will continue to grow at a much faster than average rate for the foreseeable future. Students with a Minor in Legal Studies will be prepared to work in federal and state agencies, court systems, private law offices or corporate legal departments, or in other organizations where familiarity with government regulation and legal processes is required.

Questions? Please contact us!
Email us or contact us at 786-1810.  Prof. Deb Periman, J.D., is the Legal Studies Program Coordinator.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Drs. Chamard and Payne attend program on breath alcohol ignition interlock devices for DUI convictions

Dr. Sharon Chamard and Dr. Troy Payne, Justice faculty, recently attended a two-day National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) workshop on breath alcohol automobile ignition interlock devices for people convicted of DUI in Alaska. Attendees included representatives from the Alaska Highway Safety Office, the Alcohol Safety Action Program (ASAP), Alaska Department of Public Safety,  Department of Corrections, Department of Motor Vehicles, Alaska State Troopers, Juneau Police Department, and other law enforcement, as well other agencies involved in this effort. The device is in use in a number of other states.

The technical assistance workshop was presented by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation in partnership with NHTSA and  included a report on the status of the current interlock program in Alaska and recommendations for increasing program participation.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Dr. Rivera named coordinator of Justice undergraduate programs

Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice faculty, has been named Justice Undergraduate Program Coordinator effective July 2012.  Dr. Rivera is responsible for developing curricula and implementing course and program revisions, as well as serving as a resource for all instructional activities including student advising, course offerings, scheduling, and program development for undergraduate programs.  Dr. Rivera will also oversee program approvals, certifications, and accreditations, as needed.

Dr. Ron Everett, Justice faculty, is the former Justice Program Coordinator.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Prof. Wolfe presents at National Institute of Justice & FBI Impression and Pattern Evidence Symposium

Prof. Jim Wolfe, adjunct faculty, presents at the Impression and Pattern Evidence Symposium to be held August 6–9, 2012, in Clearwater Beach, Florida. His presentation is titled "Optimizing Photographic Techniques for Documenting Snow Impression Evidence."

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Office of Justice Programs and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Laboratory Division are co-sponsoring this event.

The symposium brings together practitioners and researchers to enhance information-sharing and promote collaboration among the impression and pattern evidence, law enforcement, and legal communities. The symposium also provides unique educational opportunities for impression and pattern evidence examiners.

Prof. Wolfe is a former forensic scientist with the Alaska Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory, and is currently a forensic consultant and trainer.