August 25-27, 2015 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $745 | Conference Fee $195 What’s this?

Recent changes in marijuana laws have perplexed many judges and practitioners. A resurgence in heroin, this time in rural areas, changes the complexity of cases. Alcohol, still the number one drug of choice for Americans, continues to impact civil and criminal cases. This course provides a comprehensive review of intoxicating substances and the short- and long-term effects on litigants in and out of the courtroom, recent developments in the law, and options for sentencing and intervention.

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Why should I take this course?

Drug abuse is an ever-present issue that will appear with increasing frequency in courts 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. No matter the type of case, they all have the potential to involve a participant who is under the influence of drugs. As such, it is important for judges today to recognize and understand the drug issues that plague many Americans today, and to find ways to effectively manage the issue, so as to reduce recidivism. This course will provide an in-depth analysis on the science behind drug addiction, and will offer practical solutions for the judge to 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 in order to determine which type of drug(s), if any, a user might be under the influence of.
  • 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 for judges of all experience levels and jurisdictions who are interested in exploring the ways in which drugs affect the persons in front of them, and exploring appropriate interventions.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Distinguished judges, professors, doctors, and educators who are recognized as experts in the field of drug issues and remedies are members of the faculty.

How is this course taught?

The faculty use a number of adult education techniques including lecture, audio-visual aids, question and answer, drug court visit, and class problems and simulations.

Whom should I contact for more information?

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

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