October 1, 2018

Legal studies and criminal justice teaching team moves forward in 2018-19

The University of Wisconsin-Superior legal studies and criminal justice program launched an exciting new teaching and learning year with three new academic professionals joining the program. From left, Steve Steblay, Maria Cuzzo, Allison Willingham, and Nathan LaCoursiere.

The University of Wisconsin-Superior legal studies and criminal justice program launched an exciting new teaching and learning year with three new academic professionals joining the program. From left, Steve Steblay, Maria Cuzzo, Allison Willingham, and Nathan LaCoursiere.

The legal studies and criminal justice program teaches more than 85 majors in law and justice related topics

The University of Wisconsin-Superior legal studies and criminal justice program launched an exciting new teaching and learning year with three new academic professionals joining the program.  

Maria Stalzer Wyant Cuzzo, professor of legal studies and program coordinator for the legal studies and criminal justice program, welcomed senior lecturer in criminal justice Steven Steblay, assistant professor of criminal justice Allison Willingham, and senior lecturer in legal studies Nathan LaCoursiere to the teaching and learning team.

With more than 25 years of experience, Steblay, a retired law enforcement professional from the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department, has performed adjunct work in criminal justice with UW-Superior and other teaching institutions. His areas of expertise include homeland security/emergency management, court services, drug task force, and patrol and criminal investigations.

Willingham is the new assistant professor of criminal justice and is a criminologist educated at Kentucky Wesleyan College, Eastern Kentucky University, and the University of South Carolina. She specializes in victimology, particularly studying domestic violence and sexual assault as well as the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation in the criminal justice system.  

LaCoursiere is the new senior lecturer in legal studies and comes from the Duluth City Attorney’s office as well as years of experience as a private attorney. He has previous teaching experience at UMD. His areas of expertise include governmental law, planning and zoning, civil and appellate litigation, and working with public bodies, officials and employees.

The teaching and learning team is working on getting to know the existing legal studies and criminal justice program curriculum and exploring active community partnerships.

The legal studies and criminal justice program teaches more than 85 majors in law and justice related topics. It is the only legal studies and criminal justice program in the region.

The University of Wisconsin-Superior legal studies and criminal justice program launched an exciting new teaching and learning year with three new academic professionals joining the program. From left, Steve Steblay, Maria Cuzzo, Allison Willingham, and Nathan LaCoursiere.

The University of Wisconsin-Superior legal studies and criminal justice program launched an exciting new teaching and learning year with three new academic professionals joining the program. From left, Steve Steblay, Maria Cuzzo, Allison Willingham, and Nathan LaCoursiere.

UW-Superior's legal studies program helps individuals develop good citizenship and civic engagement with the ideas of justice and the norms of fairness and constitutionalism through debate, simulations, small-group discussion, collaborative learning, and one-on-one interactions with instructors.

As a student in the region's only undergraduate criminal justice program, you'll learn how to critically reflect on the complexities of crime and society's response to it. Examine the ways in which police and correctional agencies operate and relate to the larger political and social world.

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