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Justice Center

  • Justice Center

    We are a teaching and research unit offering academic programs in justice and legal studies. Our faculty are engaged in cutting-edge research in justice issues, including the courts, corrections, policing, recidivism, violence against women, and substance abuse.

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Leading Alaska toward a safer, healthier, and more just society

The UAA Justice Center, established by the Alaska Legislature in 1975, has a mandate to provide statewide justice-related education, research, and service. The Justice Center is an interdisciplinary unit that provides undergraduate and professional education; conducts research in the areas of crime, law, and justice; and provides services to government units, justice agencies, and community organizations throughout urban and rural Alaska to promote a safe, healthy, and just society. 


 

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Featured Stories 

  • We're hiring an assistant professor!

    We're Hiring: Legal Studies Assistant Professor

    Our Legal Studies program is seeking applications for a full-time permanent, tenure track, nine-month appointment commencing in August 2022 at the rank of Assistant Professor. Review of applications will begin on May 9, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. This position is responsible for teaching Legal Studies courses and providing service to the University, community, and profession. The standard instructional workload is four courses per semester. Questions? Contact Legal Studies program coordinator Ryan Fortson at hrfortson@alaska.edu.

  • Society of Law & Justice upcoming event

    Learn about the dynamics of a landmark SCOTUS case!

    On April 22, the Society of Law & Justice will be hosting its last on-campus event for the semester with a presentation from Greg Bourke. Greg and his husband, Michael, were plaintiffs in the SCOTUS case of Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), which recognized same-sex marriage in the U.S. under the Fourteenth Amendment. It will be a great opportunity to hear a firsthand account of the dynamics of a landmark SCOTUS case. All are welcome to attend! The event will be held at PSB 166 from noon to 1 p.m.

  • A man with a clenched fist as he towers over a woman sitting on the floor

    New domestic violence report cites Justice Center research

    The Domestic Violence in Alaska report by the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission has been published!

  • Photo of Ingrid Johnson

    AVS shares results with Alaska House Judiciary Committee

    Justice Center assistant professor Ingrid Johnson shared results from the Alaska Victimization Survey (AVS)—including comparing victimization rates across 2010, 2015, and 2020—with the Alaska House Judiciary Committee to help inform decisions on addressing the problems of intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women in the state.

  • Attendees listen to a presentation

    Justice Center faculty, staff, and students come together for SLJ Social

    What a night for the Society of Law & Justice! SLJ held a spring social event on March 28 at PSB 166 that featured two guest speakers from the legal field, a donation drive, free swag, and free pizza. With the pandemic still ongoing, many UAA students have never met their professors in person. This social event was a wonderful way for Justice Center faculty, staff, and students to come together and meet each other. It also was a great opportunity for prospective students to learn more about the Justice and Legal Studies programs. Read more here.

  • Scholarships are being offered for the Race, Equal Protection, and the Law course this summer semester 2022

    Scholarships offered for Legal Studies course this summer!

    The College of Health Student Success Center is offering scholarships to eligible students who register for the Race, Equal Protection, and the Law (LEGL A312, CRN 53079) course this summer! The first 10 to register will receive $500, and the remaining 15 slots will receive $250!⁠ Examine how U.S. law both shapes and reacts to questions of race while exploring a comparative analysis with respect to other legally protected classifications. Course topics include slavery and its abolishment, racial discrimination and affirmative action, voting rights, American Indian and Alaska Native rights, gender discrimination, and the rights of immigrants and the disabled.⁠ Register now!

    To be eligible for administration scholarships, students must be:⁠

    1. enrolled in classes for the semester in which an award is being made;⁠
    2. admitted into a UAA degree or certificate program;⁠
    3. making satisfactory academic progress; and⁠
    4. meeting UAA cumulative GPA minimums of 3.0 for a graduate program, 2.8 for a college or other academic unit award for undergraduate students, and 2.5 for administrative waivers for undergraduate students.⁠

    For questions regarding the course and the scholarship: hrfortson@alaska.edu⁠ 

  • Justice Center Director Brad Myrstol speaks to high school students about the programs the Justice Center offers

    Justice Center shows out at 2022 COH Academic Preview Day

    The Justice Center participated the 2022 College of Health Academic Preview Day on March 18 at the UAA Professional Studies Building. Repesenting the Justice Center was Director Dr. Brad Myrstol as he spoke to high school students about the Justice and Legal Studies programs; student organizations such as the Society of Law & Justice and Alphi Phi Sigma; as well as other student opportunities such as internships.

  • A woman crying

    Sen. Murkowski mentions Alaska Victimization Survey

    The House on Wednesday voted to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act as part of its proposed $1.5 trillion spending package that includes $73.4 million for urban Indian health and $6.6 billion for Indian Health Services.⁠ ⁠“I live in a beautiful state, but we have an ongoing crisis of violence in Alaska,” Sen. Murkowski said during the bill’s introduction last month on Capitol Hill. “More than half of Alaska women surveyed in the 2020 Alaska Victimization Survey have experienced intimate partner violence, sexual violence, or both in their lifetime. It is imperative that we address these issues.”⁠

  • UAA Legal Studies program students listen to Willamette Law Dean Brian Gallini during his presentation on the direct admission program

    Legal Studies students learn about law school program

    Legal Studies program students of the UAA Justice Center met with Willamette College of Law Dean Brian Gallini over pizza on March 3 to discuss the law school application process and the "4+3" Direct Admission Program, which is an inspiring partnership between UAA and Willamette Law that offers successful UAA students the security of knowing that if they meet pre-defined admissions requirements, they will be granted admission to law school.⁠

  • Pages of the Society of Law & Justice newsletter

    March 2022 Society of Law & Justice newsletter out now!

    The UAA Society of Law & Justice recently released the March 2022 edition of their newsletter, which includes information about the club, a profile for each of the club officers, and details about upcoming events. Email uaaslj@gmail.com to grab your copy today! 

  • A legal studies student argues a motion in front of a judge

    UAA Legal Studies students have their day in court

    In mid-February, students in UAA legal studies professor Dr. Ryan Fortson's Trial and Advanced Litigation course (LEGL A487) had the opportunity to practice arguing a motion in front of a U.S. District Court judge in his courtroom in the James M. Fitzgerald U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building in downtown Anchorage.⁠ View the slideshow!

  • Photo of Ingrid JohnsonDr. Ingrid Johnson interviewed for true crime series on Oxygen

    In the summer of 2021, the Oxygen channel visited Alaska to film a true crime series on homicide and violence against women in Alaska. The film crew interviewed Dr. Ingrid Johnson, Justice Center assistant professor, to give background information on crime and other relevant cultural dynamics.⁠ ⁠ The series was released under the title "Fatal Frontier: Evil in Alaska" in November 2021.

  • 25 Best Bachelor's for Legal Studies by BachelorDegreeCenter.orgUAA ranks in 25 Best Bachelor’s in Legal Studies for 2022

    Congratulations to our Legal Studies program and its faculty for making the cut! UAA's Legal Studies program has been named one of the best bachelor's in legal studies for 2022! BachelorsDegreeCenter.org editors focused on reputable, accredited institutions known for quality. Check out our Spring 2022 coursesQuestions? Contact Dr. Ryan Fortson at hrfortson@alaska.edu.⁠

  • Logo of the Alaska Victimization Survey2020 Alaska Victimization Survey results released

    In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Alaska Council on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault and the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center have released the results of the 2020 Alaska Victimization Survey. The 2020 phone survey included 2,100 women in Alaska over the age of 18 who answered questions related to their experiences with physical and psychological intimate partner violence, stalking, and sexual violence. Read the final report.

  • Cover of Alaska Police Officer Use of Deadly Force by AJiCAJiC recommends standardized database for tracking officer use of deadly force

    The Alaska Justice Information Center (AJiC) at the University of Alaska Anchorage has released Alaska Police Officer Use of Deadly Force: 2010-2020, a new report that compiles 11 years of case files from the Alaska Department of Law Office of Special Prosecutions (OSP) involving police officer use of deadly force from 2010 to October 2020, covering a total of 92 incidents, 100 citizens, and 295 officers. This is the first time Alaska-specific data have been compiled and examined across a multi-year time span—representing a valuable new resource for data-informed decision making. Read the full review.

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We're Hiring!

The UAA Justice Center is looking to hire an assistant professor for the Legal Studies program. Review of applications begins on May 9.

Our Legal Studies program is seeking applications for a full-time permanent, tenure track, nine-month appointment commencing in August 2022 at the rank of Assistant Professor. Review of applications will begin on May 9, 2022, and continue until the position is filled. This position is responsible for teaching Legal Studies courses and providing service to the University, community, and profession. The standard instructional workload is four courses per semester. Questions? Contact Legal Studies program coordinator Ryan Fortson at hrfortson@alaska.edu.

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Contact Us

P: (907) 786-1810
F: (907) 786-7777
uaa_justicecenter@alaska.edu

ADDRESS: 
UAA Justice Center
UAA Professional Studies Building
2533 Providence Dr., Suite 234
Anchorage, AK 99508


What's Next?

We've asked recent Justice Center graduates what their plans were after graduation. Here's what they had to say:

  • Portrait of Gloria Miller

    "After graduation, I plan to continue working as a paralegal. I have also applied for law school and hope to attend in the fall of 2021!"

    — Gloria Miller
    BA Legal Studies, Justice Minor, Fall 2020

  • Portrait of Shawna Lee

    "They say doors open with a degree. My immediate plans are to see what's out there, hopefully in the justice field. Long-term goals depend on those immediate plans and I am hoping that whatever it is, I am happy and made a difference."

    — Shawna Lee
    BA Justice, Fall 2020

  • Portrait of Alexander Choi

    "Joining the Anchorage Police Department."

    — Alexander Choi
    BA Justice, Fall 2020