Monday, August 31, 2009

Prof. Periman facilitates LSAT review workshop for UAA students

Professor Deborah Periman, Justice Center faculty and UAA Prelaw Advisor, facilitated a two-day LSAT review workshop for UAA students on August 28 and 29. This video-based review and test practice program was provided free to UAA students planning on taking the LSAT during the 2009-2010 academic year. Topics included LSAT format and structure, reading comprehension, analytical reasoning, logical reasoning, writing samples, and tips for success.

Dr. Chamard authors monograph on homeless encampments for U.S. Department of Justice

Dr. Sharon Chamard, Justice Center faculty, has authored a monograph entitled, "Homeless Encampments," for the Problem-Oriented Guides for Police Problem-Specific Guides Series. The monograph will be released in fall 2009 as part of the series published by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, U.S. Department of Justice.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Fall 2009 academic information

UAA/APU Consortium Library. Photo by Melissa S. Green
Academic information online for the Fall 2009 semester includes a complete list of Justice Center Fall 2009 course offerings and course syllabi.

See faculty office hours for faculty email addresses and phone numbers. If you don't know who your advisor is, call our main line 786-1810, and we'll provide you with that information. We cannot, however, set appointments for you: you must schedule directly with your advisor or instructor.

Don’t forget we have a computer lab for Justice Center students open Monday thru Friday, 8:00 AM–5:00 PM (closed on holidays) located in our office suite, Library 213.

Remember that the deadline for applications for the Fall 2009 tuition waiver is August 31 at 5:00 PM. See our post on the tuition waiver further information, including the application form.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Dr. Rivera co-authors chapter for juvenile justice textbook

Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice Center faculty, has co-authored a chapter on juvenile drug and mental health courts with UAA School of Social Work Professor Kathi Trawver. The chapter is titled, "Innovative Justice for Youth with Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders: Juvenile Drug and Mental Health Courts" and will appear in the educational textbook, Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice: Policies, Programs, and Practice, to be published by Jones and Bartlett, Publishers, LLC in January 2010.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Fall 2009 tuition waiver

The University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center will be offering a limited number of Tuition Waivers for the 2009-2010 Academic Year. Currently, we are accepting Tuition Waiver applications for the Fall 2009 semester.

Justice Center tuition waivers are awarded to recognize the student(s) who best represents those qualities we would most like to encourage in our students. These qualities include academic excellence and a willingness and ability to contribute to the field of justice and the program at UAA. Consideration may also be given to student financial need and affirmative action goals.


The eligible student must be an official justice major or officially admitted to the paralegal certificate program with a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or higher and have completed a minimum of 12 credits in the justice major or paralegal program.


Justice Center tuition waiver applications can be picked up in the Justice Center office (LIB 213) or an application can be filled out and printed online.

Also attach a typewritten statement in which you explain why you feel you should be granted this tuition waiver. Your statement should include such things as quality classroom participation or presentations, research projects, internships, special projects, Justice Club and/or Alpha Phi Sigma activities, Student Showcase participation, and nature of your need if applicable. You may also present indicators of contributions to the Justice field and community and any other information about yourself which you feel supports your request for the tuition waiver.

Application deadline

All applications must be submitted to the Justice Center office no later than 5:00pm on Monday August 31, 2009. Students who have been selected to receive a Fall 2009 tuition waiver, will be contacted by September 3, 2009. Justice Center hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm, unless otherwise posted.

Alan McKelvie, Alaska Justice SAC Director, heads the Alaska National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) project

Alan McKelvie, Director of the Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center (SAC), will head a project through the Multi-Agency Justice Integration Consortium (MAJIC) for the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM). The project team will compile a library of standardized information exchange packages and make this information available to criminal justice agencies through the SAC website. These standardized information exchange packages will include such data as incident reports, criminal intakes and dispositions, booking forms, criminal fingerprint cards, citation forms, and criminal complaints. Project team members include Maxine Andrews, National Law Enforcement & Corrections Technology Center/Northwest; Dean Barnes, Alaska Public Safety Information Network (APSIN) Redesign Project Manager; and Diane Schenker, Integrated Justice Project Manager, Alaska Court System. The Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center is housed at the UAA Justice Center.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Justice Center faculty honored for years of UAA service

Dr. Allan Barnes, Professor Pamela Kelley, and Professor Deborah Periman, Justice Center faculty, will be honored for their years of service to UAA on August 20 with fellow UAA Longevity Award Recipients. The awards will be presented at the 2009 Faculty and Staff Convocation. Dr. Barnes is the senior faculty member of the Justice Center and will receive an award for 25 years of service. Professors Kelley and Periman will receive awards for 10 years of service to UAA. Dr. Barnes and Professors Kelley and Periman have served on numerous University committees.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Professor Huskey, University of Texas School of Law, speaks about representing Guantanamo detainees

Professor Kristine Huskey, Clinical Professor and Co-Director of the National Security Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law, will speak about her recently published book, Justice at Guantanamo: One Woman's Odyssey and Her Crusade for Human Rights, on Friday, August 28, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon in the UAA Social Sciences Building, Room 118. Originally from Alaska, Professor Huskey will discuss her experiences visiting Guantanamo 15 times and defending the rights of 17 Guantanamo detainees in federal court. She has been a guest on CNN, C-Span, and ABC News to discuss Guantanamo and national security issues.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Dr. Rosay presents to Alaska Division of Juvenile Justice senior managers meeting

Dr. André Rosay, Justice Center Director, will present research on a recently completed statewide juvenile probation officer workload and caseload study to a meeting of senior managers of the Alaska Division of Juvenile Justice in Wasilla on August 11.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Prof. Jim Wolfe to present on evidence collection at Canadian conference

Prof. Jim Wolfe, Justice Center adjunct faculty, has been invited to present, "From Powder Snow to Slush - Innovative Techniques for Collecting Snow Impression Evidence," at the 32nd Canadian Identification Society Annual Education Conference in Vancouver in September. Prof. Wolfe is a former forensic scientist with the Alaska Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory, and is currently a forensic consultant and trainer.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Sen. Hollis French cites Justice Center sexual assault research

Senator Hollis French, chair of the Alaska Senate Judiciary Committee, cited Justice Center sexual assault research in his guest column, "Here's one way Alaska can crack down on our epidemic of sexual abuse," in the Anchorage Daily News on July 16, 2009. Senator French discussed the research and his intention to hold hearings this summer on this important issue.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Justice Center sexual assault research presented to Senate Judiciary Committee

Dr. André Rosay, Justice Center Director, presented Justice Center research on sexual assault in Alaska to the Senate Judiciary Committee of the Alaska State Legislature on Monday, August 3, 2009. This Senate Judiciary Committee meeting focused on reducing sexual assault in Alaska and included presentations by Tara Henry (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners program), Lt. Michelle Bucher (Anchorage Police Department), Richard Crousie (Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association), Commissioner Joe Masters (Alaska Department of Public Safety), and Sue McLean (Alaska Department of Law).

Members of the committee are Senator Hollis French (D-Anchorage), Chair; Senator Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage), Vice Chair; Senator Lesil McGuire (R-Anchorage); Senator Gene Therriault (R-North Pole); and Senator Dennis Egan (D-Juneau).

Dr. Rosay's Powerpoint presentation to the committee can be viewed here.

For further information on sexual assault in Alaska, see the Justice Center bibliography on violence against women.

The committee hearing was covered by Anchorage television stations:
Both station's coverage can also be viewed on video. KTVA:


Dr. Chamard appointed to police chief search committee

Dr. Sharon Chamard, Justice Center faculty, has been appointed by Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan to the search committee for a new police chief. Dr. Chamard's background for this appointment also includes currently serving as president of the Fairview Community Council and as vice-chair of the Anchorage Public Safety Advisory Commission.

The search committee will identify and recommend candidates for the position of police chief. Members of the committee include experts in law enforcement, community development, and business administration. This group will meet shortly to develop a formal timeline.