Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Attorney Rolf Whitney visits Criminal Justice Class

Attorney Rolf Whitney visits Criminal Justice Class

In conjunction with their chapter study on Defense Attorneys, CJ-235 welcomed to the classroom guest speaker Attorney Rolf Whitney on March 28, 2017. Attorney Whitney, who practices criminal defense law in multiple jurisdictions, spoke to the class about the broad range of cases he handles, ranging from traffic cases to death penalty cases. Mr. Whitney discussed how defense attorneys become engaged in cases: by being retained, appointed by the court or through a public defender's office. He also spoke about the multifaceted functions of a defense lawyer in a case. The class heard, from someone with personal experience in the matter, about the ethical dilemma faced by defense lawyers who represent a death-row "volunteer" and how Attorney Whitney chose to handle a client he represented who had assumed that stance. Additionally, Mr. Whitney discussed his educational background and suggestions for those interested in law school.

Thanks to Attorney Whitney for giving his time to Ashland University criminal justice students!

Monday, April 3, 2017

K-9 Unit visits Ashland Campus

K-9 Unit Speaks to Criminal Justice Club

On March 17th, Ashland Police Department Officer Craig Kiley, along with one of his canines, spoke at a Criminal Justice Club event.

Officer Kiley spoke to students regarding the various uses of the K-9 unit and also discussed training techniques. He was able to show the club footage of several real-life training events involving the canines as well as some footage of one of the canines tracking a criminal.

Thank you, Officer Kiley, for taking time to come speak.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Judges Speak to AU Students

On February 2, 2017, CJ 235 (Courts and Justice) had the privilege of a visit from Ashland County's three duly elected judges: Honorable John Good, Honorable Damian Vercillo and Honorable Ronald Forsthoefel.

 Judge Good presides over Ashland Municipal Court, Judge Vercillo over probate/juvenile Court as a Common Pleas Court, General Division Judge and Judge Forsthoefel over criminal, civil and domestic Court as a Common Pleas Court, General Division Judge.

The Judges discussed with students their professional backgrounds and how their legal paths contributed to their elections as Judges. Among the topics discussed by the Jurists were their respective caseloads, the different types of cases that each court handles, budgetary concerns and evolving legal trends they have witnessed transpiring as members of the judiciary. The Courts answered student questions during class and remained after class to speak informally with students who remained to introduce themselves.

Thank you, Judge Good, Judge Vercillo and Judge Forsthoefel, for taking the time from your busy schedules to speak to Ashland University criminal justice students.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Criminal Justice Club kickoff

Ashland University Criminal Justice Club

January 2017

Welcome back!

To kick off the semester, the Criminal Justice club will be getting more organized. If you are interested in joining please contact either Amanda Case or Marc Hedrick for a form.
We are hoping this will bring together those individuals whom are genuinely interested in becoming a part of the club.
 “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today” –Malcolm X

Upcoming events

As spring semester progresses we have a couple events we would like you to keep in mind:
·       K-9 Unit Visit
·       Heroin 5k Walk
·       Safe Haven speaker
·       Detective speaker

Have a suggestion about a speaker or an event?

Contact one of the following people:

Amanda Case


Marc Hedrick

Friday, December 16, 2016

Have a Great Break!

We hope you all have a restful break and happy holidays!
See you in the new year!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Criminal Law Class Tours Ashland County Jail

On December 6, 2016, CJ 362 (Criminal Law) went on a tour of the Ashland County jail provided by the Ashland County Sheriff's Office.

After being welcomed by Sheriff Wayne Risner, students went on a tour lead by Corrections Officer Cody Mager.  During the tour, students heard from different officers regarding their duties and responsibilities.  First, they were taken to the areas where an inmate is first delivered to the jail after arrest and searched prior to entering the facility.  The DUI testing machines ad book-in center were part of the tour.  Students were shown where inmates have visitation, meet with their lawyer or clergy, exercise and receive medical treatment.  The tour also included views of the library available to inmates and the classroom where inmates are able, if they so choose, to take advantage of various types of treatment programs such as anger management, alcohol counseling and parenting classes or attend religious studies.

Corrections Officer Mager showed the class the minimum, medium and maximum security cell blocks and explained how inmates are classified into those levels.  In addition, the class saw the special needs cell block and cells for those who become discipline problems while they are housed at the jail.

Thank you to the Ashland County Sheriff's Office for providing the tour and sharing your information with the class!