Kent B. Joscelyn

Title: Attorney
Company: Kent B Joscelyn PC
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

Kent B. Joscelyn, an attorney in private practice, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in public safety.

Mr. Joscelyn is an attorney and scientist who has dedicated more than six decades to working in public safety and public policy. He holds a Bachelor of Science in physics from Union College and earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1960 at the Albany Law School. Throughout the course of his career, Mr. Joscelyn has been interested in the intersection of law and science, and credits much of his success to his ability to analyze cases from both a legal and a forensic perspective. Between 1961 and 1964, he served to the rank of a captain in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps and remained with the Air Force at the Attorney Advisor Headquarters in Washington until 1967 as a civilian attorney.

He relocated to Indiana after leaving the military, becoming an associate professor of forensic studies at Indiana University at Bloomington from 1967 until 1976. In 1970 he also became Director of the Indiana University Institute for Research in Public Safety.  The Institute conducted research and training programs focused on Highway Safety and Criminal Justice.

Mr. Joscelyn founded the International Journal of Criminal Justice in 1972. The journal was initially published by Pergamon Press and later by Elsevier Science, Inc.  This peer-reviewed scientific journal is concerned with all aspects of the criminal justice system.  It disseminated new information, ideas, and methods to practitioners and academicians concerned with the administration of justice.  Mr. Joscelyn served as Editor in Chief from 1972 until 2010 when he retired.

While at Indiana University, Mr. Joscelyn entered public service, becoming the vice chairperson of the Indiana Organized Crime Prevention Council and the governor-appointed Regional Director of the Indiana Criminal Justice Planning Agency from 1969 until 1972, in addition to consulting for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Law Enforcement Assistance Administration. He served the city of Bloomington, Indiana, as one of three commissioners of public safety from 1974 until 1976.

In 1976 Mr. Joscelyn accepted a position as the head of the Policy Analysis Division of the University of Michigan’s Highway Safety Research Institute.  Mr. Joscelyn remained active at the Highway Safety Research Institute until 1981, when re-entered legal practice as the principal of Joscelyn and Treat PC from 1981 to 1993. Between 1993 and 2001, he served as the principal of Joscelyn, McNair & Jeffrey PC.   Since then, Mr. Joscelyn has focused on his work in individual private practice as Kent B. Joscelyn PC.  To remain aware of developments in the field, he is a member of the American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and an associate member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

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