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Professor Laurie Giles, JD, joins Psychology and Criminal Justice department

Published: August 24, 2010

Eastern Nazarene College is pleased to welcome Laurie Giles, J.D., as professor in its Psychology and Criminal Justice department.

A practicing attorney, Giles has more than 20 years of experience working in the areas of criminal defense, family law, trusts and estates, elder law, education law, employment discrimination and family mediation. She has taught at Springfield College and the University of Bridgeport School of Law and hosts a weekly radio Internet talk show on legal issues.

“Professor Giles has had a wealth of experience dealing with the criminal justice and judicial systems,” said Dr. Jan Lanham, chair of ENC’s Psychology and Criminal Justice department. “As a committed Christian, she has had the experience of living out her faith in the challenging arena of criminal and civil law.”

Lanham noted that Giles has served as the co-chair for the United States Justice Department Conveyed Community Task Force, which was involved with negotiating relationships between community and police interactions in the state of Connecticut. She has also served as an ethics commissioner for the town of Trumbull, Conn. and as an associate general counsel for the Connecticut Conference of NAACP branches to work in areas of community-based civil rights and equal justice initiatives.

“At this point in her career, Prof. Giles is very excited to take her experience and skills in a new direction by moving full-time into Christian higher education and the Criminal Justice program here at ENC,” Lanham said. “We are very excited to welcome her.”

Giles succeeds Dr. Janese Free, who is leaving ENC after 13 years to accept a position at Emmanuel College that will afford her the opportunity to be more involved in research.

“Dr. Free helped us build the Criminal Justice program from its creation to its current status, with more than 40 students enrolled,” Lanham said. “We are indeed fortunate to be able to bring on Dr. Giles, who will help us honor the foundational work that Dr. Free has done by continuing to build the program.”



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