New Speakers Added for Seventh Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) Seventh Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference to be held September 3 – 5, 2014, at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois, 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 conference agenda will focus on current alcohol laws and challenges, including discussions on the First Amendment and alcohol regulations, counterfeit alcohol, marijuana legalization and alcohol, legal developments in alcohol retailing and preventing underage sales.

In addition to keynote remarks by Mississippi Attorney General and National Association of Attorneys General President Jim Hood, presenters at this year’s conference will include:

  • Auday Arabo, President/CEO, Associated Food and Petroleum Dealers
  • John Bodnovich, Executive Director, American Beverage Licensees
  • Captain William Bongle, Green Bay Police Department
  • Matt Botting, General Counsel, California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
  • Jonathan Caulkins, Professor of Operations Research and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Matt Cook, Former Senior Director of Enforcement, Colorado Department of Revenue; Founder, Cook Consulting LLC
  • Brannon Denning, Professor, Samford University Cumberland School of Law
  • Dr. Stephen Diamond, Professor, University of Miami School of Law
  • Kathie Durbin, Division Chief of Licensure, Regulation and Education; Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control
  • Kim Gainsboro, Commission Chairman, Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission
  • James Hall, Former Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board
  • Rick Haymaker, Chief Legal Counsel, Illinois Liquor Control Commission
  • Bill Kelley, Former General Counsel, Massachusetts Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission; Executive Director, Beer Distributors of Massachusetts
  • Anthony Kogut, Chairman, Hospitality and Alcohol Beverage Group
  • Dr. Brad Krevor, President, Responsible Retailing Forum
  • Bruce Livingston, Executive Director, Alcohol Justice
  • Patrick Lynch, Former Attorney General of Rhode Island; President, Patrick Lynch Group
  • Mike Madigan, Managing Partner, Madigan, Dahl & Harlan, P.A.
  • John Maisch, Former General Counsel, Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission; Professor, University of Central Oklahoma
  • Don McGehee, Alcohol & Gambling Enforcement Division Chief, Office of Michigan Attorney General
  • Jerry Oliver, Former Chief of Police (Detroit, Richmond and Pasadena) and Former Director, Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control
  • Murphy Painter, Former Commissioner, Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control
  • Paul Pisano, Sr. Vice President and General Counsel, National Beer Wholesalers Association
  • Steve Schmidt, Sr. Vice President of Public Policy/Communications, National Alcohol Beverage Control Association
  • Mary Segawa, Health Education Liaison, Washington State Liquor Control Board
  • Michele Simon, President, Eat Drink Politics
  • Ed Swedberg, Assistant Administrator, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
  • Robert Tobiassen, Former Chief Counsel, Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau

To register online, visit Government and non-profit employees receive special discounted registration rates. For hotel reservations at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile, book online or call 1-888-591-1234. Please reference the Center for Alcohol Policy to receive the special negotiated room rate of $169 plus taxes per night.

The CAP works with state continuing legal education (CLE) boards to provide attending attorneys with CLE credits. In 2013, every attendee was able to secure CLE credits, and more than 35 states approved CLE accreditation for participants. Certain states do not have mandatory CLE requirements.

More details about the 2014 CAP Alcohol Law and Policy Conference will be available on the CAP website,, as they become available. For further information, please email


 The Center for Alcohol Policy is a 501 c (3) organization whose mission is to educate policymakers, 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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