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Dinner and a Mystery! Event a Huge Success

A festive evening of celebration to honor the Department of Justice Studies' past and showcase our present accomplishments was enjoyed by department alumni, friends, faculty, students and special guests in the new Student Union Ballroom on Thursday, October 16th.  Guests began their evening with an amazing display of accomplishments and information from our department groups including:  The Record Clearance Project, Forensic Science, Human Rights, Justice Studies Student Task Force, Alpha Phi Sigma, Chi Pi Sigma and Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY).  

The Department honored San José Police Chief, Larry Esquivel, with the Justice Studies Distinguished Alumni Award which honors those alumni that have brought extraordinary acclaim to the Department of Justice Studies. A newly created Janet L. Hagemann Award was presented to its namesake for her extraordinary contributions to the department. The inscription on the award read, "When we have big dreams, we think of you." This was met with a huge round of applause from all those attending.  

The evening was rounded out by the showing of a documentary film titled Justice Studies is., directed by Shawn Viaggi and produced and edited by Department of Justice Studies professor, Hal Peterson. The film showcases Justice Studies alumni, faculty and students discussing what Justice Studies means to them, along with the history of where the department started, what is happening now and where it is going in the future.  The film will soon be accessible for viewing on this website.

Matt Van Dyke, Victoria Dwinnells-Brown, and Jan Hagemann enjoying a laugh and reminiscing. San José Police Chief Larry Esquivel makes remarks after receiving the 2014 Distinguished Alumni recognition. Chi Pi Sigma showcases their many activities and accomplishments.

Justice Studies Seeks a Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Digital Forensics for 2015-2016 

Justice Studies is seeking a new faculty member for the vibrant Forensic Science Program. The new position will expand the program into the area of digital forensics. This new area will meet the rapidly growing need in justice fields for experts in computer and cyber investigations. Qualified candidates are encouraged to read the position announcement and apply at the following link:



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!