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Respecting Posterity’s Property: John Freemuth

John Freemuth, professor of public administration, will be part of a panel looking at “Respecting Posterity’s Property” at a conference titled “The National Possessed: The Conflicting Claims on America’s Public Lands.” The conference is Sept. 11-14 at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The panel addressed movements over the years to privatize public lands or return them to the states, and the costs and benefits of such changes.

Originally posted 8/28/12 in Update

John Freemuth receives U.S. Geological Survey grant

Newswise — Boise State University political scientist and public land policy expert John Freemuth has received a $275,000 grant from the U.S. Geological Survey to improve the availability and usefulness of data on lands managed by the federal, state and local governments.

 

Applications being accepted for the Fourth District Citizens’ Law Academy

Attention: Boise State Pre-Law Society, Boise State Criminal Justice, Boise State Political Science, Boise State Public Policy and Administration, and Boise State History Departments:

Applications are now online for the Fourth District Citizens’ Law Academy, which is a free 12-week course offered to increase public understanding of the American legal system. This is a great course for pre-law students and those students who want to learn more about the legal system in this country and our state. Participants of Citizens’ Law Academy finish the program with a better understanding of how the system works, the laws affecting their daily lives, their rights under the law, and the ethical standards by which judges and attorneys must conduct themselves. Over the course of the 12 weeks, participants will hear from several judges and attorneys who each present on a different aspect of the legal system.

Classes are held in Boise and meet Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm from September 4 through November 13. Organizers hope for a variety of student perspectives and encourage anyone 18 and older from the Treasure Valley area who wants to learn more about Idaho law and the American legal system to sign up. Registration forms will be accepted through August 17. Space is limited. For more information and an application, visit http://isb.idaho.gov/ilf/lre/cla.html.

For more information about Citizens’ Law Academy, contact Carey Shoufler, Law Related Education Director, at 208.334.4500 or cshoufler@isb.idaho.gov.

I am helping to coordinate the Fourth District Citizens’ Law Academy, which is a free 12-week course offered to increase public understanding of the American legal system. This is a great course for pre-law students and those students who want to learn more about the legal system in this country and our state. Participants of Citizens’ Law Academy finish the program with a better understanding of how the system works, the laws affecting their daily lives, their rights under the law, and the ethical standards by which judges and attorneys must conduct themselves. Over the course of the 12 weeks, participants will hear from several judges and attorneys who each present on a different aspect of the legal system.

Classes are held in Boise and meet Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm from September 4 through November 13. Organizers hope for a variety of student perspectives and encourage anyone 18 and older from the Treasure Valley area who wants to learn more about Idaho law and the American legal system to sign up. Registration forms will be accepted through August 17. Space is limited. For more information and an application, visit http://isb.idaho.gov/ilf/lre/cla.html.

For more information about Citizens’ Law Academy, contact Carey Shoufler, Law Related Education Director, at 208.334.4500 or cshoufler@isb.idaho.gov.

Good Government or Rubbish?

John Freemuth, Political Science professor at Boise State University and senior fellow at the Cecil Andrus Center for Public Policy, recently commented on the “Good Government or Rubbish?” story published with the Twin Falls Times-News
“Although government has the right to regulate services, especially when it affects the health and safety of its citizens, the …

Dr. Weatherby comments on recent close election

Dr. Jim Weatherby, a public policy emeritus faculty member, recently commented on the results of the Democratic Congress primary race.  See the entire Democratic Congress primary race story on the Spokesman-Review’s websites.

Meet the Employers – Public Sector

Don’t miss out on an opportunity for select Boise State students to meet and engage with public sector organizations in a more personal setting at Meet the Employers – Public Sector. Discover what makes each organization unique  and connect with professionals who can offer invaluable career advice and contacts.

Build your network
Develop your professional communication skills
Meet people with career paths that will inspire you
Get insider information on internship, mentorship & job opportunities

 Thursday, April 26th in the Capitol Building, Rotunda; 5:30-8:30pm.  

SPACE IS LIMITED! Indicate your interest now. Visit The Career Center website to RSVP and for more information.

Meet with the top executives and decision makers from:

  • ACLU of Idaho – Leo Morales
  • Ada County Juvenile Court Services – Judge David Manweiler
  • Ada County Sheriff’s Office – Sheriff Gary Raney
  • Boise City Council – Councilman Ben Quintana
  • Idaho Department of Health & Welfare (District 3) – Director Ross Mason
  • Idaho of Veterans’ Affairs – Regional Director Jim Vance
  • Idaho Hospital Association – VP of Governmental Relations Toni Lawson
  • Idaho State Legislature – House of Representatives – Director of Government Affairs at Bruce Newcomb
  • State of Idaho, Office of Performance Evaluations – Director Rakesh Mohan
  • The Nature Conservancy in Idaho – State Director Toni Hardesty
  • The Washington Group (Washington DC) – Jennifer Kolb

 

 

A Tale of Two Counties: How Clark County, Idaho and Clark County, Nevada Tell the Story of Counties in the Intermountain West

Dr. Stephanie Witt, Department of Public Policy & Administration, will speak at the SSPA’s Speaker Series on Wednesday, April 18 from 12:40 to 1:30 p.m. in ILC 315.

Six hundred and eighty four miles of Interstate 15 separate Clark County, Idaho from Clark County, Nevada, but it some respects it might as well be a million miles.

These two Clark counties represent the extremes of counties in the Intermountain West.

Whether facing rapid growth or a long, slow slide in population, both must address their future using an antiquated form of government held over from British tradition.

This study examines how well suited the counties in the Intermountain region are to dealing with issues such as fiscal stress, vast tracts of public lands and energy siting.

 

This posting was originally seen on SSPA News…

New Facebook page

The Public Policy & Administration Department now has a facebook page.  Be sure to like us!

Urban West Revisited – book signing event

Please join Professor Stephanie Witt and Professor Emeritus Jim Weatherby for a book signing of Urban West Revisited on Thursday, April 5th.  Steph Witt

The event is being held at the Center on Main (Alaska Building, 1020 West Main Street) from 5-8 p.m.  Mercantile District Trolley Tours are offering free trolley bus tours of the West Main Street “Mercantile District” at 6:30, 7:00 and 7:30.

 

Newest Book in Idaho Metropolitan Research Series Looks at City Governance

Urban West Revisited: Governing Cities in Uncertain Times Cover“Urban West Revisited: Governing Cities in Uncertain Times,” is a revision of an acclaimed 1990s study, updated and colorfully illustrated with more than 200 photos and graphics.  The book will be available for purchase at the Center on Main, 1020 W. Main St. in Boise, from 5:30-8 p.m. on First Thursday, April 5. The event, titled “A Celebration of Cities”, will feature a book signing by authors Stephanie Witt, professor of public policy and administration, and James Weatherby, emeritus associate professor of public policy, as well as trolley tours of the Mercantile District led by historian Jacey Brain. Tours depart from the center at 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Participants will receive a book, a tour and a colorful tour brochure in exchange for a $25 donation to the College of Social Sciences and Public Affairs.

“Urban West Revisited” offers a solid primer on challenges faced by elected officials in 10 midsized western cities hit hard by the Great Recession: Boise, Idaho; Eugene and Salem, Ore.; Modesto, Calif.; Pueblo, Colo.; Reno, Nev.; Salt Lake City, Utah; Tacoma and Spokane, Wash.; and Tempe, Ariz. The book explores their common problems and illustrates hard-fought solutions in difficult times.

The Idaho Metropolitan Research Series illustrates a commitment to good scholarship, accessibly written and colorfully presented.

“Our new primer on city governments is especially timely,” said SSPA Dean. “Written for policy makers, students and the general public, it shows how cities have responded to the challenge of lost revenue during our current recession. It offers hope that Boise and its peer communities can learn to think beyond the current crisis, to govern smartly and to cope.”

Topics covered include city governance, influences and trends in city administration, the history of municipalities and government, tax limitations and the impact of policies, among others. Timelines, tables and illustrations combine with text to educate readers about the day-to-day governance that affects so much of their lives.

The softbound volume sells for $29.95.

More about Urban West Revisited in Boise State Update.