May 17 – 19, 2017 | Location Atlanta, GA | Tuition $999 | Conference Fee $339 What’s this?

With opiate addiction at epidemic levels in both urban and rural America, the NJC has crafted a new course that focuses on the neurology of addiction with an emphasis on heroin and painkillers. This course will provide an in-depth analysis of the science behind addiction and will offer practical solutions for the judge to manage all case types affected by drug use.


Why should I take this course?

Drug abuse is an ever-present issue that will appear with increasing frequency in cases around the country. The use of drugs not only affects the user on a personal level, but also has a profound negative effect on those who are close to, and interact with the user. Moreover, drugs of choice change and evolve in communities over time. No matter the type of case, they all have the potential to involve a participant who may suffer from a drug abuse problem.

It is important for judges today to recognize and understand the drug issues that plague many Americans today, and find ways to effectively deal with the issue to reduce recidivism. This course provides an in-depth analysis on the science behind drug addiction, and offers practical solutions on how judges can effectively manage these types of cases.

What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Discuss basic brain chemistry.
  • Analyze the physiological and psychological effects of specific categories of drugs.
  • Develop skills to determine whether a participant is under the influence of drugs.
  • Identify different types of treatment options, which will cover psychological, behavioral, and social aspects.
  • Identify special populations, such as juveniles, those with co-occurring disorders, and veterans, and exercise examples of effective management and sentencing strategies for each group.
  • Craft effective sentences to bring about positive change in the drug user, while also providing effective sentencing options.

Who should attend?

This course has been specifically designed to be appropriate for any judge on the bench, as drug abuse issues can appear in any type of case.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Hon. Peggy D. Davis
Carl M. Dawson

How is this course taught?

This course is taught through lecture, audio-visual aids, question and answer, class problems and simulations, and group learning. The course has a specific scientific information aim to aid the participant in really understanding the science behind drug addiction.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or

The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta

The hotel for this course will be the Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta. Surrounded by the state’s centers of finance and government, and just minutes from the Georgia Aquarium and sports events at the Georgia Dome, Philips Arena and Turner Field, this downtown Atlanta hotel is ideally situated.

The group room rate is $179 per night (plus applicable sales taxes, currently 16% + $5.00 per night) for single or double occupancy. This special rate will be available until April 24, 2017, unless our room block is filled earlier. Please contact our Registrar’s Office with any questions.

Make your reservation by calling (800) 570-1382 and referencing “The National Judicial College.”

This course qualifies for The NJC Certificate in Judicial Development program Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.