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Aging out of Alaska’s foster care system on his own terms

 |  Anchorage Daily News  |  ,

Mateo Jaime, a Legal Studies student, arrived at the court hearing that would, finally, end his years in custody of the Alaska Office of Children’s Services in a buoyant mood. At age 21, young adults “age out” of foster care in Alaska if they have not been adopted or reunified with parents. A judge approves it in a hearing that amounts to a grim bureaucratic formality: A child has passed into adulthood without the foster care system laying a path to permanent legal family for them, and now they are on their own.

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Slideshow: Legal studies students present oral arguments

 |  Ahliil Saitanan  |  ,

Trial and Advanced Litigation Processes students present their oral arguments before Justice Jennifer S. Henderson in the Alaska Supreme Court Courtroom on Oct. 3, 2022.

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Slideshow: UAA Legal Studies students have their day in court

 |  Seawolf Weekly  | 

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.⁠

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The Road Less Taken: Mark Heinrichs on Forging a New Career

 |  Henry Randolph  | 

Have you ever contemplated a career change? It’s a big move forPortrait of Legal studies student Mark Heinrichs anybody—particularly if you’re more than a few years into your current career. It can be risky, intimidating and hard to even know where to start.

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Student Spotlight: Laura Eagle On the Pathway to Empowerment

 |  Melissa Green  | 

Laura Eagle knows how difficult it can be when life takes unexpected turns. She wants to use her paralegal studies classes—and a budding career in the court system—to empower her family and her community.