Conference at WMU-Cooley to address drug addiction and recovery

On Thursday, Nov. 12, Western Michigan University Cooley Law School will present “Paradigm Shift: Changing Law and Education to Better Support Addiction Recovery.”

This conference will focus on improving addiction recovery support within our criminal justice and educational systems and will feature nationally recognized speakers including Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein; Craig DeRoche, former speaker of the House of Representatives and executive director of the Justice Fellowship in Washington, D.C.; Ivana Grahovac, executive director of Transforming Youth Recovery; and Michael Johnson, founder of the Justice/Quade Recovery Institute.

Others scheduled to speak include: Patrick Corbett, assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan; Ljubisa Dragovic, Oakland County medical examiner; Judge Linda Davis of the 41B Sobriety Court and founder of Families Against Narcotics (FAN); Kristen Harper, executive director of Association of Recovery Schools; Deborah Garrett, communications director for REAL Michigan; and Matt Statman, director of the University of Michigan Collegiate Recovery Program.

The conference will include a continental breakfast, lunch, and a chance to network with fellow conference attendees and speakers. A panel discussion of individuals who have experienced criminal consequences due to their addictions will present. Speakers will address the need for criminal justice reform to support addiction recovery, substance abuse in our youths, and the importance of collegiate and high school recovery programs. Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein will be providing closing remarks.

The conference will take place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on Thursday, Nov. 12, at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Auburn Hills campus at 2630 Featherstone Rd.  Cost is $25 for advance tickets and $30 at the door.

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