FBA presents Veterans Treatment Court seminar

The Federal Disability Benefits Committee of the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of Michigan Chapter, will conduct a free seminar on Veterans Treatment Courts (VTC) on Tuesday, April 21, at 1:30 p.m. in Room 115 of the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse. The purpose of VTC is to provide assistance to military veterans who have honorably served in the armed forces of the United States.

The VTC assists veterans who have become involved in the criminal justice system using a team approach that attempts to get beyond the legal problems to address the underlying physical, psychological, and substance abuse issues that may have resulted in criminal conduct. 

Successful completion of the program may result in a reduced plea, reduction in sentence, etc.

The seminar will feature experts regarding VTC’s including Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Mark Switalski, Macomb County 41B District Court Judge Carrie Fuca, Oakland County 51st District Court Judge Jodi Debbrecht Switalski, and retired Judge David Jordan who have established and implemented VTC’s in the respective state circuit and district courts.

Also slated to speak is Nanette Colling, Veterans Justice Outreach coordinator from the Department of Veterans Affairs; Gail Pamukov-Miller, immediate past president, Macomb County Bar Association; and Lynn Hendges, Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency.

Speakers will provide an overview on the establishment of VTCs and an update on their current status within the State of Michigan.  Additional courts are being established throughout the state and this seminar is an excellent opportunity to become informed regarding this invaluable tool used to assist veterans.

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