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Argosy University, Salt Lake City Criminal Justice Event Juvenile Court Dispositions

Argosy University, Salt Lake City is partnering with the Utah State Office of Ethnic Affairs to give the community an inside look at the out-of-the-box thinking employed at the Utah Juvenile Court. The event, which takes place Thursday, January 27, from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, will feature a presentation by Salt Lake City Third District Juvenile Court judge Andrew A. Valdez. The event is open to the public at no charge and will take place at Argosy University’s Salt Lake City area campus, located at 121 Election Road, Suite 300 in Draper, Utah.

“We are pleased to welcome Judge Valdez to our campus,” said David Tietjen, Campus President, “He brings a wealth of experience and insight into the juvenile justice system that will doubtless provide valuable insight for those interested in and attending Argosy University, Salt Lake City’s Criminal Justice program.”   

Judge Valdez was appointed to the Third District Juvenile Court in Salt Lake City in 1993. Prior to his appointment, he served as a commissioned captain in the United States Army J.A.G. Corps, and a trial counsel with the Legal Defenders Association Felony and Homicide Division. Judge Valdez has served as chair of the statewide Youth Parole Authority and on the Utah Sentencing Commission, the Board of Trustees for Primary Children's Medical Center, the Juvenile Justice Task Force, the Board of Juvenile Court Judges, the Judicial Council, and is currently a member of the National Youth Gang Center.

He has been honored with the Martin Luther King Civil Rights Award by the NAACP, Footprinter's Association Law Enforcement Office of the Year Award, Utah Children Advocate of the Year Award, Utah State Bar Judge of the Year Award, Cesar Chavez Peace and Justice Award, and the Pete Suazo Community Service Award. Judge Valdez is committed to helping troubled youth, and has developed a court-based mentoring program. His nonfiction book, "No One Makes It Alone" is based on his life.

To RSVP for the event or for more information, contact Jeremy Woolsey at 801.601.5000 or

About Argosy University

Argosy University (, with 19 campus locations in 13 states and its online program, is a private academic institution dedicated to providing undergraduate and graduate degree programs to students in a supportive learning environment where academic knowledge is enriched by the acquisition of interpersonal skills vital to success.  Argosy University has five colleges: Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Business, Education, Health Sciences and Undergraduate Studies.  With one of the largest communities of graduate students in the nation, Argosy University offers doctoral and master’s degree programs in Psychology, Business, Counseling and Education.  The institution also offers bachelor’s degree programs in Psychology, Business, Liberal Arts and Criminal Justice.  Degree level and programs offered vary by location.  Argosy University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association (230 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL  60604-1413;

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