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University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - Summer 2014

36 SUMMER 20 14 S T E V E Y E AT E R Forty Years of Service THE INSTITUTE FOR ADMINISTRATIVE JUSTICE HAS LONG PROVIDED VALUABLE SUPPORT TO GOVERNMENT AGENCIES, MEMBERS OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION AND THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE The Institute for Administrative Justice (IAJ) was founded some 40 years ago with a singular mission: to provide hearing officer services to the California Department of Social Welfare. Over time, IAJ established itself as a leading consultant on administrative hearing practices and took on a broader range of duties, offering training and consultation in all aspects of administrative adjudication for a variety of local, state and federal agencies. IAJ has been expanding ever since—from 1984, when it opened the Victims of Crime Resource Center (VCRC), to last year when it launched Focused DecisionsSM, now the premier mock jury and focus group provider for the Sacramento legal community. “We started out as a government service, and since then we have always tried to innovate and ask, where should we be now?” says Mary Swanson, ’94, IAJ’s director. THE VICTIMS OF CRIME RESOURCE CENTER Today, some of the most vital contributions that IAJ makes to the community at large result from the efforts of the VCRC, which is like a “one-stop shop” for victims of all sorts of crimes, including domestic violence, stalking, identity theft, cyberbullying and elder abuse, says the group’s director, Mariam Elmenshawi, ’11. Mandated


University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law - Summer 2014
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