New Speakers Added for Sixth Annual Alcohol Law Symposium

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) Sixth Annual Alcohol Law Symposium to be held October 23-25, 2013, at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C., will feature educational sessions led by a wide range of experts in the field of alcohol law – including attorneys, current and former alcohol regulators, academic thought leaders, public health advocates and others.

The scheduled sessions will focus on current alcohol laws and challenges, including discussions on ethics, the 21st Amendment, drunk driving issues, antitrust developments, trade practices and a roundup of alcohol regulatory issues by state and federal regulators.

In addition to keynote remarks by Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, presenters at this year’s Symposium will include:

  • Robert Angelo, Director, TTB Trade Investigations Division
  • David Balto, Law Offices of David A. Balto          
  • Anoop Bhasin, General Counsel, West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration
  • Edward Dawson, Teaching Fellow and Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University
  • The Honorable James Dehn, Judge of District Court, Isanti County
  • Brannon Denning, Professor, Samford University Cumberland School of Law
  • Pamela Erickson, Public Action Management
  • JT Griffin, National Policy Director, MADD
  • James Hall, Former Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board
  • Roger Johnson, Wisconsin Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement
  • Bill Kerr, Senior Scientist, Alcohol Research Group
  • Patrick Lynch, Former Attorney General of Rhode Island and President, Patrick Lynch Group
  • Barry Lynn, Director of Markets, Enterprise and Resiliency Initiative, New America Foundation
  • John Maisch, Former General Counsel, Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission; Assistant Professor, University of Central Oklahoma
  • Jack Marshall, ProEthics
  • Sarah Mart, Director of Research, Alcohol Justice
  • Theresa McCarthy, Assistant Administrator for Headquarters Operations, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
  • Craig Miller, Sr. Officer, Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control
  • Spencer Nevins, Vice President, Public Affairs and Counsel, Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association
  • Jerry Oliver, Former Chief of Police for Detroit, Richmond and Pasadena and Arizona Alcohol Regulator
  • Paul Pisano, Sr. Vice President and General Counsel, National Beer Wholesalers Association
  • Dan Schweitzer, Supreme Court Counsel, National Association of Attorneys General
  • Michele Simon, President, Eat Drink Politics
  • Lisa Soronen, Executive Director, State and Local Legal Center.
  • Ashley Trim, Research Coordinator, Davenport Institute, Pepperdine University
  • Sandeep Vaheesan, Special Counsel, American Antitrust Institute
  • Lt. Russell Wheatley, Chief, Idaho State Police Alcohol Beverage Control Bureau
  • Stephen Wing, Acting Director, SAMHSA Office of Policy, Planning and Innovation

To register online, visit Government and non-profit employees receive special discounted registration rates. Early bird registration rates are available through October 11. The Center for Alcohol Policy’s room block at the Grand Hyatt Washington has expired. However, the Hyatt will continue to accept reservations at the group rate of $289 and government per diem rate of $219 (valid government ID required) based on availability. For reservations, book online or call (888) 421-1442 and indicate that you are attending the Center for Alcohol Policy Law Symposium.

The CAP works with state continuing legal education (CLE) boards to provide attending attorneys with CLE credits. In 2012, every attendee was able to secure CLE credits, and more than 40 states approved CLE accreditation to participants of the Alcohol Law Symposium.

For more details about the 2013 CAP Alcohol Law Symposium, visit or email


The Center for Alcohol Policy is a 501 c (3) organization whose mission is to educate policy makers, regulators and the public about alcohol, its uniqueness and regulation.  By conducting sound and scientific-based research and implementing initiatives that will maintain the appropriate state-based regulation of alcohol, the Center promotes safe and responsible consumption, fights underage drinking and drunk driving and informs key entities about the effects of alcohol consumption.  For more information, visit or follow the Center on Twitter at


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