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CJR Scholarship Workshop: "Pretrial Justice in Out-of-the-Way Places - Including STAR Jurisdictions in the Bail Reform Conversation"

CJR Scholarship Workshop: "Pretrial Justice in Out-of-the-Way Places - Including STAR Jurisdictions in the Bail Reform Conversation"

Register here: https://bit.ly/3cqwUWf

Featuring: Professor Jordan Gross, Professor of Law, University of Montana Blewett School of Law; and Dr. Laura Kirsch, Adjunct Professor, Psychology, University of Montana


Professor Jordan Gross (Law) and Dr. Laura Kirsch (Psychology) co-supervise the Rural Justice Initiative (RJI) at the University of Montana.

In Fall 2021, in collaboration with the Montana Court Administrator’s Office, RJI surveyed Montana Judges about their bail and pretrial decision-making practices and procedures. The survey was designed to identify whether trial judges in rural jurisdictions approach pretrial detention processes, procedures, and decision-making differently from their counterparts in jurisdictions with higher concentrations of people and resources. To the extent there are differences, the survey and follow-up interviews asked whether there are challenges and opportunities unique to rural jurisdictions in the administration of pretrial justice that should factor into bail reform initiatives. Professor Gross and Dr. Kirsch will discuss RJI’s survey and other RJI works in progress.

Professor Jordan Gross is a Professor at the University of Montana Blewett School of Law, where she teaches Criminal Justice in Indian Country, Criminal Procedure, Professional Responsibility, and White Collar Crime. She also supervises the Law School's external Criminal Defense Clinics. Professor Gross is an Affiliated Professor in the Law School’s Department of Public Administration and Policy, and an Affiliated Professor with the  American Indian Governance and Policy Institute at the University of Montana. Professor Gross will be serving as a Fulbright Research Chair in Indigenous Studies at the University of Guelph, Ontario in Spring 2022.

Dr. Laura Kirsch is an adjunct professor in the psychology department at the University of Montana, where she teaches a variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is the faculty supervisor for the Rural Justice Initiative (RJI) at UM. Dr. Kirsch also has a private practice as a clinical forensic psychologist, consulting and performing mental health assessments for the criminal and civil courts.  She has published peer-reviewed research articles and book chapters on forensic topics, including psychopathy, sex offending, and forensic evaluation, and presented her research at national and international conferences. 

Register here: https://bit.ly/3cqwUWf

The CJR Workshop Series offers a virtual forum for academics to share criminal justice works-in-progress with an audience of academics and practitioners. Seats are limited so registration is required. 

Thursday, March 3, 2022
2:00pm - 3:15pm

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