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Dinner and a Mystery!

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Upcoming: October 16, 2014, 5:30 - 9:00 PM

Join other Justice Studies alumni and friends for a fun evening as we honor our past, showcase our present, and celebrate our accomplishments . . . over dinner and intrigue. 

Faculty and students will be showcasing many of the Justice Studies programs, we will screen a short film about our department Justice Studies Is..., and you might help solve a mystery. 

When: Thursday, October 16, 2014 

Time: 5:30 PM Reception (cash bar); 6:30 – 9:00 PM Dinner and program 

Where: The NEW SJSU Student Union Ballroom, SJSU Main Campus

Tickets: $100 each, $750 for a table of 8, RSVP by Monday, October 13, 2014


Grilled New York Steak, New York Steak served with Creamy Polenta and Seasonal Vegetables finished with Blue Cheese Butter.

Slow Roasted Dijon Sage Salmon, Filet of Pacific Salmon served with Creamy Hazelnut Orzo and Haricot Verts.

Tofu Vegetable Stack, Seasonal grilled Vegetables layered with grilled Tofu, finished with Tomato Basil Sauce.

Tickets may be purchased by credit card at the JS Department Estore or by check using the following downloadable form [pdf].

Not able to attend? Please consider sponsoring the event ($250 with recognition), sponsoring a student ($100) or simply making a donation using the Estore or downloadable form.


JS Apparel and Merchandise!!
Justice Studies merchandise is available through our Justice Studies Marketplace E-Store (click here). Visit the website to see all of the great products that are now available. Please note that merchandise will not be sold in the JS Department. All purchases must be made through the E-Store.

Check out our new Justice Studies Mug, Crime Scene Lanyard and JS Decals!!!

Cover of Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies

The Ann Lucas Lecture Series in law and Justice welcomes Seth HolmesApril 23, 2014, 4:00pm - 5:30pm (Music Room 176, Concert Hall) to discuss his latest book, Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States. This book is an ethnographic witness to the everyday lives and suffering of Mexican migrants. Based on five years of research in the field (including berry-picking and traveling with migrants back and forth from Oaxaca up the West Coast), Holmes, an anthropologist and MD in the mold of Paul Farmer and Didier Fassin, uncovers how market forces, anti-immigrant sentiment, and racism undermine health and health care.   

Record Clearance Project Amazes!
The Record Clearance Project filed 169 petitions in court for 55 clients, of which 167 dismissals of convictions were granted; filed 22 petitions to reduce eligible felonies to misdemeanors; 21 were granted; held 7 Speed Screening interview sessions (including at Elmwood jail), where 214 people learned their individual "next steps" in the expungement process (in English & Spanish); gave 39 community presentations to over 1,600 people regarding expungement law and procedure (in English & Spanish); and leveraged over 10,800 hours of work from students, volunteers and unpaid staff.
 Check out the front page article in the Mercury News   RCP News Story


Human Rights.  Students in the HR minor complete what we are now calling Human Rights Action Projects in conjunction with area organizations as part of the JS 179 capstone service learning course.  This semester, a group of our students are continuing the "DACAmented" project in partnership with the San Jose Peace and Justice center, CommUniverCity SJ, TIGRA, and others.  The project provides free legal services to immigrant families/individuals looking to take advantage of federal DACA legislation to work legally in the U.S.  Where others charge anywhere between $500-$3000 for the same service, we need to make sure our immigrant communities are aware of this unique and important opportunity.  Those interested in taking advantage of these services should attend the public information session noted in the flyer attached.  Please join me in passing this flyer on to students, organizations, community resources (churches, schools, etc.), and families who might be able to take advantage of these free services.  If you know of anyone who could benefit, please encourage them to attend.  

Justice Studies Video Project/Independent Study (JS 180) – The Justice Studies Department is offering an independent study for the 2014 Summer Term.  The project involves the production of a video promoting all aspects of the Justice Studies Department.   The JS Department seeks students interested in capturing on film the Department’s past and present achievements in addition to its future development and goals.  The Department welcomes students from all academic disciplines and various levels of experience, particularly those students within the JS Department as well as those departments involving film, journalism and video production. Students may choose from a variety of production areas, from research and analysis to video/film direction.  The project involves critical thinking, reflective analysis, effective involvement and imaginative synthesis achieved through practical engagement in the art and craft of film and video production.  In addition to academic credit, students will receive the appropriate film/production credit following completion of the video.   Students interested or requiring more information about the project, please contact Harold Peterson.

Fourth Annual Confidence Challenge - "AS REAL AS IT GETS!"  


On Friday April 18, the Justice Studies Student Group Task Force hosted the 4th Annual Confidence Challenge in which teams made up of JS faculty, staff, and students compete in a friendly but challenging version of the physical agility test for law enforcement with a creative twist.  Everyone cheered as competitors climbed over walls, ran through an obstacle course, leaped over a simulated freeway barrier, coordinated a caterpillar walk, dragged a 165 pound dummy, participated in a tug-of-war and sped to the finish in an extremely exciting relay race.  The Most Spirited Faculty Award went to Department Chair James Lee, Most Spirited Student Award went to Forensic Science senior Christina Mock. This event was created by a group made up of representatives from the three Justice Studies Student groups—Alpha Phi Sigma (National Criminal Justice Honor Society), Chi Pi Sigma (Criminal Justice Fraternity), the Forensic Science Student group—and Justice Studies alumni.  As in previous years, officers from San José Police Department’s Police Amateur Athletic Foundation (PAAF) volunteered to help supervise events. The Confidence Challenge gives competitors and observers an idea of the physical challenges which must be met by law enforcement candidates, but more importantly, it promotes camaraderie and companionship throughout the Justice Studies Department.  


Alpha Phi Sigma Excels at Conference!

Alpha Phi Sigma (APS) Iota Chapter shares their experience from their very successful trip to a conference in Philadelphia: check out their Facebook page. APS competed for several awards and brought home the Outstanding Leadership Award and Outstanding Yearbook Award! APS is particularly proud to have won these awards because they are one of the smaller chapters in APS. The entire chapter deserves recognition for the work they presented at the conference, and for embodying all the pillars of APS this past year: Leadership, Unity, Service, and Academic Excellence!