Champlain names new director of Criminal Justice program

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt.Champlain College has named Robert Lee Edwards, JD, of Colchester as the new director of the Criminal Justice program.Edwards brings more than 32 years of experience in international, urban and rural law enforcement, as well as roles as an attorney and college professor. Most recently, Edwards has been a member of the Independent Judicial Commission in Bosnia and Herzegovina as the head of office in Tuzla. His team investigated complaints of misconduct of judges and prosecutors, verified applications for appointment to judicial posts, and reviewed proposed legislation relating to judicial procedure.This was fulfilling, history-making work that was highly appreciated by the citizens, Edwards said. The courts had been ethnically cleansed and politicized and we reversed a substantial portion of that sad piece of the history of Bosnia.Edwards earned his doctor of law and master of public administration degrees at Golden Gate University. He has served as a detective sergeant at the Oakland Police Department in California and bureau commander and legal advisor at the New Milford Police Department in Connecticut. Hes had a solo attorney practice since 1981 and was a regional chief of investigations for the United Nations International Police Task Force in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1996-97.Ive been in the business of criminal justice for more than 30 years, he said. By integrating my first-hand experiences into the classroom, I hope to energize a high level of interest in the subject matter.Because of my assignments in Bosnia, I have developed an interest in the public policy issues of international civilian police working with locals in post-conflict and reconstruction situations, he said. Working with lawyers and police officers from so many backgrounds has enhanced my understanding of legal cultures throughout the world.Edwards was the founding director of a degree program in criminal investigation at the State University of New York-Canton. Previous teaching positions included Sierra Nevada College, Golden Gate University and the University of Wisconsin.# # #last_img

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