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Faculty & Students in Action


Check out our Faculty and Students in action!!!



Congratulations to all of our LAJ Award & Scholarship winners!!


Detective Andrea Blume, Kittitas County Sheriff's Office, Outstanding Alumn Eastside


Lauren Zwiers winner of Outstanding graduating student-Eastside


Quarterly lecture May 9th, 2019 and Student Recognition Event


Professor Wes Clogston farewell speech


Professor Wes Clogston farewell speech



Kylie Palmer, winner of Ben and Nancy Remak Scholarship


Dalton Neiffer, Field Placement Coordinator


Christianna Hopson winner of Women in Law Enforcement Scholarship


Alexis Daggett, winner of Amy Marie Castner Memorial Scholarship


Mock Trial Team

The Mock Trial Team, led by Shaffer Claridge, participated in the American Mock Trial Association Regional Competition at Seattle Municipal Courthouse on February 23 - 24, 2019.


Student Presentation on "Structural Violence and Mexican Immigrants"

Alejandra Lopez Rocha, LAJ major and McNair Scholar, presented a paper, "Structural Violence and Mexican Immigrants" at the Annual Western Society of Criminology Meetings on February 8th in Honolulu, Hawaii. She plans on attending graduate school next year and further pursuing this topic. Great job Alejandra!

Lecture on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Memorial Service

Central Washington University highlighted the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women on January, 29th with a series of presentations and a memorial.

The lecture was held in the SURC Theater and was open to the public. The speakers included Emily Washines, a scholar of the Yakama Nation and an alumn of CWU; state Rep. Gina Mosbrucker, R-Goldendale; Lottie A. Sam, a member of the Yakama Nation Tribal Council and its MMIW Committee; and Robert Udell, Sheriff of Yakima County. The full lecture is now available on Youtube.

The MMIW Memorial Service was held in Dean Hall, at the Museum of Culture & Environment. Representatives of MMIW USA, an organization dedicated to helping missing and murdered Native women and their families, attended to assist with the memorial service.

The events connected historic and current issues related to missing and murdered indigenous women, and focused on recent legislative developments reagrding the issue.

Emily Washines, Yakama Nation enrolled member and CWU Board of Trustees member speaking at MMIW Memorial Service held in Dean Hall. She is also a CWU alumn having graduated in 2006 double majoring in Political Science and Public Policy. 

Distinguished Alumni Award: Emily Von Jentzen

Emily Von Jentzen, a 2005 Law and Justice graduate with a second major in Political Science, has been named as the 2019 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award 4 Under 40 for the College of the Sciences. One of these awards is given annually by each college at CWU to recognize alumni under 40 years of age who are excelling in their careers with respect to leadership, personal growth, and community involvement.

She is a high-achieving alumnus with a deep commitment to the community, family, human rights and social justice. Her areas of expertise in the law are child advocacy and dependency, civil litigation and non-profit formation/representation. She is a member of the National Association of Counsel for Children.

Emily Von Jentzen is an endurance swimmer and in 2011 became the first person to swim the 55-mile length of Lake Chelan, which she did as a fundraiser for a local toddler with leukemia. In 2013 she founded Enduring Waves, a charitable foundation raising money through long-distance swimming events to assist critically ill children in Montana whose families lack resources for their care [].

LAJ Student First Panel

On January 14, Jamie Gonzalez and Yasmeen Herrera-Flores, participated in “Triunfar: Latinx Pioneers, Entrepreneurs and Leaders”, a student panel at Yakima Valley College. The student discussed the findings of their interviews with Latino and Latina leaders across the state. The project is also featured in the “Window on Central” display at CWU’s Museum of Culture and the Environment in Dean Hall, Ellensburg.

Training Project in Mexico

In December, several faculty from the Department of Law & Justice delivered a training workshop in Morelia, Mexico. Professor Rodrigo Murataya organized the training for the Auditoria Superior de Michoacan, the agency with oversight over public projects in the state of Michoacan. More than 250 auditors and lawyers from the agency participated in the-two day workshop on “Professionalism and Organizational Culture”. Rodrigo Murataya spoke on leadership, ethics, public administration and anti-corruption strategies. Saul Chacon addressed organizational culture and communication. Paul Knepper spoke on project evaluation and conflict management. Veronica Gomez-Vilchis, from CWU’s Center on Diversity and Equity, also spoke; she addressed workplace issues including sexual harassment and treating people with dignity and respect.


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