How can our community bridge the civil legal justice gap?-Feb 5th

Thursday, February 5, 2015
11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
UAA Consortium Library Rm 307

Guest Agency: Alaska Legal Services Corporation
Topic: How can our community bridge the civil legal justice gap?

A non-profit agency presents a challenge or issue, and attendees brainstorm solutions for the organization.
Students, faculty, staff and community members – join us to assist this agency and contribute your thoughts and ideas to the discussion!

Pizza is provided by Moose’s Tooth. Note: fee for parking on campus (and please allow extra time to find parking).

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/804058186324466/

Background on the topic and organization:
An unexpected life crisis can happen to anyone: a mother is regularly abused by her husband in front of her children in a remote rural village and does not have the financial means or support to leave; a 79 year old Alaska Native grandfather falls behind on his mortgage payment and struggles to care for his family while fearing the loss of their shelter; a fisherman takes out a $45,000 loan to have an out-of-state mechanic repair his boat, only to have it catch fire after the repairs are completed in the prime of fishing season; an Alaskan Veteran is denied federal benefits, even though his mental disabilities leave him homebound and unable to work in his rural community. For all of these problems there is a legal solution, but unfortunately paying for an attorney’s help is far beyond the reach of low-income individuals. These profiles represent the array of clients Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC) assists on a daily basis. For them and thousands like them, ALSC is their only hope to access Alaska’s civil justice system.
Founded as a nonprofit organization in 1967, ALSC’s mission is to assure meaningful access to justice for all Alaskans, not just those who can afford it. With 11 offices and 26 attorneys throughout the state, ALSC provides free legal advice and representation to low-income individuals and families who cannot afford to pay for it. ALSC strives to serve clients with the greatest social and economic need who live on an income that is less than 200 percent of the adjusted federal poverty guidelines for Alaska. Clients we assist are facing critical civil legal issues ranging from consumer law, family law, housing problems, public benefits, healthcare complications, tribal law, and other areas specific to veterans or the elderly. Legal guidance is provided by staff attorneys, as well as Pro Bono volunteer lawyers who donate their time and expertise to further our efforts. Additionally, ALSC provides self-help resources to help individuals independently navigate the court system. Our legal experts publish information on an assortment of issues, offer community legal education, and refer clients to other social services as needed.
Many Alaskans do not realize that our state (like the rest of the nation) is facing a justice gap and that this impacts residents in social and economic distress and the communities in which they live. Recent reports estimate that 63,500 legal problems are experienced each year by individuals who are eligible for legal assistance from ALSC, but despite our best efforts we are unable to meet their needs. ALSC cannot stand against the justice gap alone. In order to expand our current ability to bridge the justice gap in our state, we want to raise awareness about this issue and inform Alaskans that this is a prevalent and expanding problem. ALSC wants to explore with the community new ways to bridge Alaska’s justice gap.

Center for Community Engagement & Learning (CCEL)
University of Alaska Anchorage
LIB 211G 3211 Providence Dr., Anchorage, AK 99508
907-786-4062 p 907-786-4966 f
engage@uaa.alaska.edu

Special guest lecture with Fulbright Scholar and Indigenous Studies Professor Beth Leonard, Feb. 11

Special guest lecture with Fulbright Scholar and Indigenous Studies Professor Beth Leonard, Feb. 11

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 6–7 p.m.
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

Beth Leonard, an associate professor of indigenous studies at the Center for Cross-Cultural Studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will give a guest lecture on reclaiming Indigenous spaces in higher education.

Beth Leonard is Deg Hit’an Athabascan and originally from Shageluk, Alaska. Leonard’s research interests include Indigenous pedagogies and methodologies, Athabascan linguistics and oral traditions.

Victoria University of Wellington (VUW), Te Kawa a Māui – School of Māori Studies hosted Beth Leonard for her five-month Fulbright New Zealand teaching and research scholarship. She co-instructed a joint VUW/UAF videoconference course, “Indigenous Knowledge and Science,” with her faculty host, Dr. Ocean Mercier, and conducted research titled: “Getiy ngiłnath ts’i xiduxodinigi’anh (I am trying to learn for a very long time): Understanding Maori and indigenous spaces at tertiary institutions in Aotearoa, New Zealand.”

In this presentation, Leonard will examine indigenous initiatives at Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, highlighting the cultural contexts within each setting. Her presentation will include an overview of the videoconference course and discussion of data collected through interviews with VUW faculty and former students.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by CAS Office of the Dean and Alaska Native Studies.

For more information, visit the UAA Alaska Native Studies website.

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Cabin Fever Debates-Jan 27

Cabin Fever Debates
The Seawolf Debate team is proud to present the tenth annual Cabin Fever Debates Intramural Debating Tournament. Held each year in the spring semester, the Cabin Fever Debates provide UAA students not active on the competitive Seawolf Team the opportunity to give academic debating a try. Designed for students with little or no competitive experience, the tournament will expose you to the fundamentals of debating and offer the chance to compete for a great prize package. All debates are open to the public. For more information, check out our website at cabinfeverdebates.uaa.alaska.edu.
When
Tue Jan 27, 2015 7pm – 10pm Alaska Time
Where
UAA/APU Consortium Library, Room 307

New Database: The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2007. As the world’s “newspape…

New Database: The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2007.

As the world’s “newspaper of record,” the Times of London has covered major international events as well as details of everyday life for over 200 years. Full-text access to news articles covering politics, economics, and culture, and also to advertising, editorials, birth/death notices, and more: http://bit.ly/1fnvyKj

Photo Citation:
"Alaska: preparing for the long journey." Times [London, England] 24 Jan. 1968: 12. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 25 Sept. 2013.

Interested in winning a cool prize honoring Banned Books Week? Take our short, 1…

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