Criminal justice lecture series comes to ACU Department of Sociology and Family Studies

Posted October 25, 2011

This fall, the Department of Sociology and Family Studies at ACU is hosting a series of prominent guest lecturers for its criminal justice students. The series began with guest lecturer David Pearson on October 7 and will continue with five additional lectures through October and November. Information on the five lectures can be found below.

TOTAL DECON, INC. on October 28
TOTAL DECON, INC. is a professional crime scene decontamination company in Austin, Texas. Company founder Suzanne Hayes and her husband John will present a forensic lecture on murder/suicide cleanup, human decomposition and drug lab remediation. This fascinating look into real crime scenes is relevant to students of criminal justice, chemistry, biology, psychology, social work, sociology, gerontology, family studies and environmental sciences. Graphic crime scene photos and details may not be suitable for all viewers. The lecture will take place in Hart Auditorium in the Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building at 10 a.m. and again at 1 p.m.

Wendell Stanley, Texas Department of Corrections on November 9
Stanley will lecture on prison culture and careers in corrections at 10 a.m. in Hardin Administration Building Room 100.

Roque "Rocky" Gallo of Gang Task Force on November 11
Gallo, a gang task force expert from Houston, will lecture on gang culture, detection and prevention at 10 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. in Hardin Administration Building Room 100.

Carla Kelman, Attorney at Law, Jane's Due Process on November 14
Kelman is a Fort Worth attorney and judge pro tem practicing in the areas of child abuse and teen violence.  She also undertakes cases referred by the nonprofit organization Jane’s Due Process, which involves the rights of pregnant teenagers and judicial bypass laws. She will speak on crime and delinquency at 1 p.m. in Room 100 of the Hardin Administration Building.

Game Warden Royce Wells on November 30
Wells, a game warden in Austin, will speak on game warden practice and careers at 10 a.m. in Hardin Adminstration Building Room 100.

ACU criminal justice instructor Kelly Knight feels the series reflects the interests of many of her students. "There is a great deal of attention being paid to the topic of criminal justice these days," says Knight. "I am trying to give our students exposure to all the facets of the American criminal justice system -- to the most talented and knowledgeable experts and community leaders."

For more information, contact Kelly Knight

Kelly Knight, JD, Attorney at Law
Instructor of Criminal Justice
Dept of Sociology & Family Studies