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Monday, August 11, 2014

Professor Sara Gordon, Boyd Students to Travel to Alaska, Review Statutes

Sara Gordon is an Associate Professor of Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

From Aug. 17 through 21, Professor Gordon will travel to Anchorage, Ala. with the University of Nevada School of Medicine's Melissa Piasecki and Boyd School of Law students Gil Kahn and Dawn Nielsen.

The team has been contracted to review and analyze the current Alaska statutes related to Insanity and Competency to Stand Trial and Involuntary Admission for Treatment, review and analyze other states' statutes on these topics, identify areas for improvement in current Alaska statutes on these topics, and draft recommended changes to AS 12.47.010 – AS 12.47.130 (Insanity and Competency to Stand Trial) and AS 47.30.700 – AS 47.30.815 (Involuntary Admission for Treatment).

Professor Gordon's research focuses on law and psychology and the impact of cognitive and social psychology on jurors and other legal decision-makers.