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ContactMary Stewart, Ph.D. - Director, School of Social Research and Justice Studies
Phone(775) 682-6481
Fax(775) 784-1358
Location Mack Social Science
Address 1664 N. Virginia Street
MS 300
Reno, NV 89557
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The Grant Sawyer Center

the National Judicial College


The Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies was established at the University of Nevada, Reno, in the fall of 1992. The Center operates state-wide as one of the land-grant functions of the University. It was established out of a recognition that one of the timeless areas of citizen concern is justice at all levels of society. This concern directs attention to scholarship, social policy, and the relationship between the two. The Center was created to stimulate scholarship that would generate information about justice issues which could form the basis for informed social policy.

The Grant Sawyer Center is home for the Master of Judicial Studies Degree program and the Justice Management Degree program.

Established in 1986, the Master of Judicial Studies Degree program is at the forefront of judicial education, currently enrolling judge-participants from 33 states and several foreign countries. It is one of only two such programs offered nationwide.

Established in 2005, the Justice Management Degree program provides an academic foundation for those seeking education or advancement in the varied fields associated with the administration of justice. It is the only degree program of its kind and is organized jointly by the University of Nevada, Reno; the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; and the National Judicial College. Courses are provided by these cooperating institutions and the degree is conferred by the university. The program is also supported by the National Juvenile Court Services Association, the National Center for State Courts’ Institute of court Management, the American Probation and Parole Association, the American Correctional Association, and the Child Welfare League of America.

James T. Richardson, Ph.D., J.D. - Director, Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies

James T. Richardson, Ph.D., Director of the Judicial Studies Program, a faculty member of the Interdisciplinary Social Psychology Doctoral Program and Professor of Sociology at the University of Nevada, Reno. Research interests include all aspects of new religious and other social movements, including particularly recruitment and participation, but also organizational and defensive strategies. Also governmental regulation of religious groups is a focus of study, with reason being done on how minority religions are treated around the world. Another major area of interest involves the use of expert evidence in courts, how much judges know about science and how they make decisions about the use of evidence claiming to be scientifically based. In recent years he has focused on the role and integration of Shari’a in western societies, on how Muslims are treated in courts in western countries, and on Muslim identity change in the wake of 9/11 and similar events.

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