Thanks to everyone who worked on or assisted with the 2019 AJEA Annual Conference at Rio Salado College in Phoenix! We had a blast and learned so much about the latest developments in the criminal justice field, from threat assessment using applied forensics linguistics (compliments of Bootsie Martinez R.) to the impact of social media (compliments of Jerald Monahan and Carolyn Heath).
We had two “firsts” at the 2019 Conference. For the first time in AJEA history, we had a student speaker present undergraduate research — Juliet Hughes, NAU ’19, who is now enrolled in the NAU Masters program for International Education Leadership. Perhaps even more impressive was the fact that Ms. Hughes flew in from the San Francisco area to join us at the Annual Conference.
And second, for the first time in AJEA history, the 2019 Conference was held over two days, with the first day (following the 2019 ATF meeting) headlined by an enlightening presentation by Dr. Jeff Hynes, Dr. Donna Simon and Angela Kwan on MCCCD’s Administration of Justice Studies Pathways Journey. The AJEA annual business meeting was then conducted, and afterward, the whole gang headed out for a welcome dinner at Aunt Chiladas Restaurant!
And last but certainly not least, we were thrilled to have criminal justice students from around the Valley with us at the conference. Six of them joined AJEA, and we cannot wait to work with them in the coming year as we plan the 2020 Conference! Be sure to sign up on the Conference 2020 Registration page!