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Welcome to the March 2017 
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.  

Our most recent full PDF Newsletter (Winter 2017) is available here
We plan to eventually replace the PDF Newsletter with the e-newsletters.


Special Issue on Guilty Pleas

Psychology, Public Policy, and Law invites submissions for a forthcoming special issue on Guilty Pleas with publication anticipated summer 2018. The deadline for submission is June 1st, 2017. Guest Editors: Miko Wilford and Allison Redlich.

This special issue will assemble rigorous research and analytical articles that have the potential to deepen our understanding of guilty pleas (and related aspects) and/or influence policy and practice. We invite empirical and theoretical articles written from a psychological, legal, policy, or other relevant perspective that are germane to guilty pleas, related processes, and the actors involved in these decisions. Preference will be given to empirical articles with data. See p. 48 of this newsletter for further details, including how to submit.


Members Voted to Change the Bylaws

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.” 

Members voted by 2/28/2017 overwhelmingly to change the bylaws (98.77% in favor, 1.23% opposed).  The text of the newly-approved bylaws is on pages 47-51 of this newsletter and will also be available on the AP-LS website 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. 

The final program is now available - see here


Continued Source for Great CE & CLE credits

AP-LS will continue to offer CEs and CLEs for this year’s conference.  

Pre-Conference Workshops – Wed, March 15th

Please see this flyer for more details about the workshops at this year’s conference.

AP-LS Conference Mobile App

We strongly encourage you to download our mobile guide to enhance your experience at the conference. You'll be able to plan your day with a personalized schedule, maps and session info. The app is compatible with iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches and Android devices. Windows Phone 7 and Blackberry users can access the same information.

To get the guide, choose one of the methods below: 

• Download 'Guidebook' from the Apple App Store or the Android Marketplace 

• OR Visit https://guidebook.com/g/APLS2017 from your phone's browser 

• OR Scan the following image with your mobile phone (QR-Code reader required, e.g. 'Red Laser', 'Barcode Scanner')


Each year AP-LS awards several honors for excellence.  In the last e-news, we announced some of the 2017 AP-LS award winners.  Below are some of the more recently-announced additional winners of the 2017 AP-LS awards.

Dissertation Award

1st Place: Evan McCuish, Simon Frasier University Advisor: Raymond R. Corrado   

2nd Place: Caitlin Cavanagh, University of California, Irvine     Advisor: Elizabeth Cauffman

3rd Place: Kelsey Henderson, University of Florida                   Advisor: Lora Levett

Best Undergraduate Paper

1st Place: Julian Siebert, University of Cape Town Mentor: Colin Tredoux 

2nd Place: Sydney Wood, John Jay College of Criminal Justice           Mentor: Evan Mandery 

3rd Place: Zsofia Szojka, University of Cambridge Mentor: Michael Lamb

Book Award                  

Adam Benforado for his 2015 book, “Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice,” published by Crown Publishers in New York. Mr. Benforado is an Associate Professor of Law at Drexel University.

Access Path to Psychology-Law Experience

Jordan Beuchler, University of Evansville 

Emily Denne, University of Evansville 

Brandon Garcia, University of Illinois at Chicago 

Kaitlyn Richardson, University of Illinois at Chicago

Cassidy Siso, Arizona State University


Check out AP-LS's Job Postings page for up-to-date information on available psychology-law positions here.  

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        AP-LS seeks to advance the science of psychology - law and the translation of psychology-law knowledge into practice and policy.  Our mission is to enhance well-being, justice, and human rights through science and practice of psychology in legal contexts.