Criminal Justice and Legal Studies

School of Applied Sciences, University of Mississippi

Legal Studies Graduate Student Wins 1st Place at Conference

Posted on March 18th, 2015 by staff


UM Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigmas make an appearance at the ACJS conference. From left to right: Quenshia Brooks, Michael Dizier, Matt Coleman, Joe Sizemore, Trey Moore

Several students in the School of Applied Sciences’ Legal Studies program recently made a trip to the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Held in Orlando, Florida, the ACJS conference contained panels, roundtables, and workshops on topics such as criminal justice internships, legal policy, and police behavior & decision-making.

UM students who made an appearance at the conference were a part of Alpha Phi Sigma, the criminal justice students’ honor society. Trey Moore, a legal studies graduate student at the University of Mississippi, was the 1st place winner in the Specific Topic Scholarship Examination and awarded $500.

Moore said he was confident during the competition but still surprised he won. “Support from the legal studies department was very important for my success,” he said.

Additionally, the Tupelo student Michael Dozier was awarded a $150 scholarship at the “Juveniles Convicted as Adults; Sentenced to Life” panel, and graduate student Joe Sizemore presented his thesis research, “Neutralization Theory & Police Perception of Misconduct,” at the conference.

“I am really proud of the Alpha Phi Sigma students who attended the national conference,” said Dr. Linda Keena, associate professor of criminal justice and legal studies. “They represented Ole Miss in an exemplary manner. Their participation and achievements confirmed what I have always believed: the ultimate test of value of any membership organization lies in the accomplishments of its members.”

Professors Linda Keena, Carl Jenson, Stephen Mallory, David McElreath, and Michael Wigginton also presented papers at the conference.