Monday, September 28, 2009

Dr. Chamard provides technical assistance for Spenard Community Survey

Dr. Sharon Chamard, Justice Center faculty, is providing technical assistance to the Spenard Community Council in the development of a Spenard Community Survey. Data from the survey will be used by the Anchorage Police Department's Community Action Policing (CAP) Team in determining what problems and issues need to be addressed in the area as part of their problem oriented policing efforts.

There are four components to the project. The first is a study of hotels and motels in Spenard; this will be done as a class project in Dr. Chamard’s JUST A490 course, “Business and Crime.” The other three components involve surveying residents, business owners, and employees about fear of crime, areas where they feel unsafe in the neighborhood, what types of crimes and social disorder they find especially troublesome, and the nature and quality of their interactions with employees of the Anchorage Police Department. Three Master's students from the UAA Engineering and Science Management Department will be assisting with data collection and analysis as part of their graduate level course in statistics.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Dr. Rosay meets with Attorney General Sullivan regarding violence against women in Alaska

Dr. André Rosay, Justice Center Director, will meet with Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan on September 28, 2009 to discuss violence against women in Alaska.

Justice exit exams for Fall 2009 graduation

Justice majors who plan on graduating in Fall 2009 under the 2004-2005 or later catalog must take the Justice Exit Exam.

Time/location: The Justice Exit Exam will be administered:
  • In SSB 223 on Friday, November 20, 2009 from 10:30–12:00 PM
  • In SSB 223 on Friday, December 4, 2009 from 2:00–3:30 PM
If you are required to take the Justice Exit Exam, please contact the Justice Center at 786-1810 to reserve a date. The exit exam should take approximately an hour and 30 minutes to complete.

Grading: Currently there is no minimum score on the test required for graduation, and the test is taken anonymously.

Proof of identity: Exit exams are taken anonymously, but you will be required to fill out a sign-in form so we know you have fulfilled the requirement for graduation under the new Justice BA requirements. You will need to show a picture ID before taking the exit exam. You may use your Wolfcard, driver’s license, or any state picture id card as proof of your identity.

Note: This notice only pertains to those students who are planning to graduate in the Fall 2009 semester under the 2004-2005 or later catalog. If you are graduating under a previous catalog, you do not need to take the Justice Exit Exam. The Justice Exit Exam is administered during the Spring and Fall semesters only. Those students graduating in the Summer will need to take the exit exam the previous Spring semester. Students who plan to graduate during the Summer semester, but do not take the exam in the Spring, technically will not be graduated until they take the exit exam the following Fall semester.

Dr. Rosay presents to State of Alaska Children's Justice Act Task Force

Dr. André Rosay, Justice Center Director, will make a presentation to the State of Alaska Children's Justice Act Task Force at their September 28, 2009 meeting in Anchorage. His topic will be sexual assault research in Alaska.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Dr. Rivera presents to Jackson County Oregon Treatment Courts annual retreat

Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice Center faculty, presents to the Jackson County Oregon Treatment Courts annual retreat via teleconference on Friday, September 25, 2009. Her focus will be recidivism and associated cost savings for the Community Family Court (a family drug treatment court) and the Adult Drug Court.

Women in Law Enforcement Recruitment Fair to be held October 22

The Justice Center is assisting with the Women in Law Enforcement Recruitment Fair to be held on Thursday, October 22, 2009 from 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the UAA Student Union (Upper Level - Next to Wells Fargo Sports Complex). This event is open to everyone. Parking is free.

This recruitment fair is sponsored by the Women Police of Alaska with the support of the Alaska State Troopers, the Alaska Association of Chiefs of Police, and the UAA Justice Center.

Call the Justice Center at 786-1810 for more information.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Spring 2010 Justice & Paralegal internship application deadline

The application deadline for Spring 2010 internships is Friday, October 16, 2009. For further information including future deadlines and application forms, see Justice Internships: Information and Required Forms or Paralegal Internships: Information and Required Forms.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Dr. Rivera authors evaluation of Oregon Adult Drug Court

Dr. Marny Rivera, Justice Center faculty, recently authored an evaluation of the Jackson County, Oregon Adult Drug Court titled, “ADC (Adult Drug Court) Recidivism: Definition by Dosage, Level and Conviction Status.” The report was prepared by Dr. Rivera as the evaluator for the Jackson County, Oregon Treatment Courts, with a focus on the impact of treatment dosage (length of time in treatment) on recidivism.

The report examined recidivism (misdemeanor and felony level charges and conviction status) for participants in the drug court after 90 days, 120 days, and 180 days (dosage), and one full year of treatment. An important finding was that a substantial amount of recidivism takes place within the first 90 days of the program, before drug treatment has had an effect on the bodies and behavior of participants. The implication is that it is important to take treatment dosage (length of time in treatment) into consideration when judging the impact of substance use treatment on behavior, such as criminal recidivism.

Dr. Barnes serves on Faculty Senate Academic Assessment Committee

Dr. Allan Barnes, Justice Center faculty, is serving on the UAA Faculty Senate Academic Assessment Committee. This committee is responsible for reviewing reports by academic units. The focus of the committee is to assist academic units in developing sound recommendations for program enhancements based on critical self review and performance evaluation.

Dr. Chamard speaks at recovery and treatment community event

Dr. Sharon Chamard, Justice Center faculty, spoke at an event to celebrate the good works of the recovery and treatment community. The event was part of “Rally for Recovery Month 2009,” and was held on Saturday, September 19 at the Fairview Community Recreation Center. It was sponsored by the Substance Abuse Directors Association of Alaska, the Association for Addiction Professionals, and the Alaska Commission for Behavioral Health Certification.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Justice Club minutes for September 15 meeting

from Kris Doughty
Justice Club secretary

UAA Justice Club
Minutes for meeting of Tuesday, September 15, 2009
ADM 143B

Meeting Info
  • Meetings will be held every Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. in Admin Rm. 143b. The last Tuesday of the month is reserved for an officers meeting.
Justice Club Book Exchange
  • This is a great opportunity to exchange your old class books for ones you need. The book exchange will be up around the end of October after spring classes have been announced. Please watch for flyers around campus for up dates.
  • Please make sure you have paid your dues for the year. We will start sending out emails to all new members to make sure we have new member email addresses correct.
Alaska Workers Association
  • AWA wants to give a talk to the Justice Club. We would like to have their organization speak with the club about internships that are available through their organization. The club would like to do this in the near future, but only if there is enough interest expressed. Please email the Justice Club at with “AWA” in the subject line to let us know you are interested.
Applications for membership
  • The Justice Club Treasurer Sarah has revamped our applications! Please thank her if you see her. The applications will be available on our website. Please get your applications to a Justice Club officer or as always, you may drop them off with Melissa in the Justice Center. [blog note: new applications will be online shortly]
Locker Rentals
  • The Justice Club is looking into taking over the lockers in the SSB to rent out. This is a great opportunity for our club to make money.
Halloween Event
  • We will again have our booth at the Annual Halloween event put on through club council. Please let us know your ideas for games and activities we can have at our booth.
Club Social
  • We are looking into doing a club social and coordinating with other clubs that are popular minors among Justice majors. A possible venue discussed was the Cuddy Center.
Minutes respectfully submitted for approval by: Kristen Doughty, JC Secretary
Approved as to form and content by: Eva Gomez, President

For more information about the Justice Club, see the Justice Club home page.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Justice Club info for Fall 2009 semester

The Justice Club has established a regular meeting place and time for the Fall 2009 semester:
Day: Every Tuesday (The last Tuesday of every month will be reserved as an officer meeting.)
Time: 11:30 AM
Room: ADM 143B
Officers for the 2009/2010 academic year are:
President: Eva Gomez
Vice President: Michael Guzy
Secretary: Kristen Doughty
Treasurer: Sarah Peterson
Club Coucil Representative: Eryne Reilly
Events Coordinator: Kristin Machado
The Justice Club can be reached at its email address,

For more information about the Justice Club, including the Justice Club application form, see the Justice Club home page.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Prof. Periman presents at federal paralegal workshop

Prof. Deborah Periman, Justice Center faculty, will be a faculty member for the upcoming Federal Paralegal Workshop scheduled for October 14 and 15, 2009. Prof. Periman will present on "Utilizing Universities: Establishing a Paralegal Intern Program in Your Office/Agency." She will also participate in the panel discussion entitled "Paralegal Leadership." The workshop is sponsored by the Alaska District Office of Counsel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Dr. Rosay presents to the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Kodiak

Dr. André Rosay, Justice Center Director, will make a presentation on sexual assault research to a meeting of the Alaska Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault on September 17, 2009 in Kodiak.

Dr. Chamard represents Justice Center at Behavioral Health Alliance meeting

Dr. Sharon Chamard, Justice Center faculty, will attend the September 15, 2009 UA Behavioral Health Alliance meeting in Fairbanks. The Behavioral Health Alliance is a statewide Universityof Alaska inter-disciplinary task group formed to identify issues concerning behavioral health programs in the UA system and to work collaboratively to enhance communication, coordination and collaboration between and within academic disciplines.

Prof. Periman presents to the Alaska Association of Paralegals

Prof. Deborah Periman, Justice Center faculty, will speak to the Alaska Association of Paralegals (AAP) on September 10, 2009 at the AAP lunch seminar and meeting. Prof. Periman will present a "Paralegal Practice Update."

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Justice Center data cited in media reports

Justice Center data was cited recently in media reports by KTUU Channel 2 News and the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. Justice Center sexual assault research was cited by KTUU in their August 9, 2009 story concerning a suspected double rapist. Research on domestic violence incidents and the involvement of alcohol was cited on September 2, 2009 in Part 1 of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner series on the problem of chronic inebriates.