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Hello! Welcome to the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS)     E-Newsletter. 

Our new monthly E-News provides information about activities, upcoming events, and resources to connect the psychology-law community.

AP-LS aspires to excel as a valuable, effective, and influential organization advancing the science of psychology-law and the translation of psychology-law knowledge into practice and policy.  

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Each year, AP-LS honors various award winners with a special ceremony and opportunity to learn more about the work in which our colleagues are engaged. At this year's conference, special presentations will occur for the following awards and honors. Please see the final conference program for additional recipients, awards, and ceremonies.

Saleem Shah Award for Early Career Excellence in Psychology-Law – Jessica Salerno, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University

AP-LS Distinguished Contributions to Psychology and Law –Michael J. Saks, PhD, Regents Professor of Law & Psychology, Arizona State University

AAFP Distinguished Contributions to Forensic Psychology Award –Candyce Shields, PhD, Forensic Psychologist at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry, Ann Arbor, MI


Special Issue on Criminal Mental States

Behavioral Sciences & Law announces a forthcoming special issue on "Criminal Mental States," to be edited byChristopher Slobogin, J.D., LL.M., a newly appointed editor for the journal.  Manuscripts must be received by 9/1/17.  Click here for more info.   


Members to Vote by 2/28/2017 on Proposed Changes

Recently, the leadership of AP-LS undertook a revision of the AP-LS Bylaws. The AP-LS Executive Committee voted unanimously to approve the revisions and submit them to the AP-LS membership for ratification.  Per the existing By-Laws language in Article VI, Section 1: “Ratification of the proposed amendment requires a two-thirds majority of those of the membership voting, or by a two-thirds vote of those members attending any annual meeting.” 

The AP-LS Executive Committee is therefore asking AP-LS members to ratify the By-Laws revisions.  Please review this document in advance of the voting to review a summary of the key changes as well the line-by-line specific proposed changes.  The voting link will be mailed to all members eligible to vote soon.


This year's conference will be held at The Westin Hotel in Seattle, Washington from March 16-18, 2017, with optional pre-conference workshops on March 15. 


Update From the Conference Co-Chairs, Kathleen Kemp and Derek Hess

We are excited to provide these highlights for the upcoming AP-LS 2017 Conference. The program schedule will be completed in the coming weeks. For more information and to register for the conference, click here.

Continued Source for Great CE & CLE credits

AP-LS will continue to offer CEs for this year’s conference through CONCEPT. We hope CLEs will also be available. 

Pre-Conference Workshops – Wed, March 15th

Please see this flyer for more details about the fantastic full and half-day workshops at this year’s conference.

A Conversation with Amanda Knox

The prosecution of Amanda Knox for the murder of her British roommate in Italy captured worldwide attention from when she was arrested in 2007 to when she was exonerated in 2015. Saul Kassin, PhD will discuss the psychological factors that tainted the investigation and prosecution. Amanda Knox will reflect on her experience and share the life she now lives. 

Cutting Edge Plenaries

Thursday, March 16th – Charles H. Ramsey, Police Commissioner

Charles H. Ramsey is a former Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department (D.C.), Commissioner for Philadelphia Police Department, and co-chair of President Obama’s Taskforce on 21st Century Policing. Commissioner Ramsey will address various challenges and opportunities associated with community policing. 

Friday, March 17thAdam Foss, J.D., Co-founder and President of Prosecutor Impact

Adam Foss is a former Assistant District Attorney in the Juvenile Division of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston, MA, and a fierce advocate for juvenile justice reform and the importance of the role of the prosecutor in reforming the justice system. His vision can be previewed in his February 2016 Ted Talk, A Prosecutor’s Vision for a Better Justice System.

Saturday, March 18thMaking a Murderer: The Case of Brendan Dassey

In relation to the Netflix documentary series, Making a Murderer, persons integral to the defense and ultimate release of Steven Avery’s nephew, Brendan Dassey, will discuss why Dassey was a vulnerable suspect; the interrogation tactics that were used to elicit and contaminate his confession; and the implications more generally for juvenile justice, police interrogations, and other matters of policy and practice. This is a unique opportunity to expand upon a series that captivated millions, and illustrates salient to false confessions today.


Each year AP-LS Committees sponsor sessions related to their area of focus. Here is a preview of the expert presenters and panelists presenting throughout the conference. 

Corrections – The Future of Corrections Reform

Dr. Nneka Jones-Tapia is the Executive Director of the largest psychiatric treatment facility in the USA – Chicago’s Cook County Jail. She will address the future of correctional reform and avenues for being a change agent within its complex system.

Early Career Professionals & Social Media – Professional Social Media Use

We will introduce how social media platforms can be used to help professionals build relationships, portfolios, and awareness. We will discuss the pros and cons of the platforms available and give tips on how to use social media time wisely to reach professional objectives. 

Legal Scholars – Psychological Research in the Criminal Justice System

This session will be led by law professors interested in psychological research applied to the criminal justice system. We will address dangerousness in commitment and sentencing; expert testimony in child sex abuse prosecutions; mindfulness training for lawyers; and mental disability re: consent in alleged rape cases.

Professional Development of Women / ECP / TTC – Becoming a Successful Negotiator

Catharine Morrison, J.D., an expert in negotiation, conflict management, and managing difficult conversations, will address key concepts for negotiation. The session will include simulations and Q&A. Registration is strongly encouraged (but not required) to access to the preparatory e-modules. Contact Gina Vincent by March 6th to access to the modules.

Students – Conducting Research to Address Real-World Problems

A panel of legal practitioners will discuss how they utilize social science research in their work, and identify ways in which research could be applied more effectively in legal contexts and settings. 

Teaching, Training, and Careers – Social Justice Teaching & Training Techniques

This session will foster critical thought regarding social justice pedagogy, and provide specific strategies to address the cultural, socio-political, and economic realities of society, including utilizing the emotional impact of film. 


The Executive Committee invites self-nominations for committee members and chairs. We welcome participation among all members and wish to represent in our governance the full diversity of our membership. Terms are normally three years. Full committee terms of reference (descriptions of committees) are here.  If you're interested in serving on one of these committees, please fill out this form.

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