New Speakers Added for Eighth Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) Eighth Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference to be held September 9 – 11, 2015, at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois, will feature educational sessions on issues currently at the forefront of alcohol law and policy. The sessions will be led by a wide range of experts, including educators, regulators, public health advocates and industry officials.

In addition to keynote remarks by South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley, presenters at this year’s conference will include:

  • Brannon Denning – Associate Dean and Professor of Law, Samford University Cumberland School of Law; Advisor, Center for Alcohol Policy
  • Karen Duddleston – Deputy Director, City of Las Vegas Department of Planning
  • Kathie Durbin – Division Chief, Licensure, Regulation & Education Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control
  • Pam Erickson – CEO, Public Action Management, PLC
  • Jermaine Galloway – Founder, Northwest Alcohol Conference; Alcohol Compliance Officer, Boise Police Department
  • Anthony Gledhill – Chief Counsel, U.S. Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau
  • J.T. Griffin – Chief Government Affairs Officer, Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • James Hall – Former Chairman, National Traffic Safety Board; Advisor, Center for Alcohol Policy
  • Max Hess – Attorney, Taylor, Feil, Harper, Lumsden & Hess, P.C.
  • Neal Insley – General Counsel, National Alcohol Beverage Control Association
  • Roger Johnson – Former Assistant Chief, Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement Unit, Wisconsin Department of Revenue
  • William C. Kerr – Senior Scientist, Public Health Institute
  • Louis Lang – Deputy Majority Leader, Illinois House of Representatives
  • Mike Lashbrook – Executive Director, Center for Alcohol Policy
  • Bruce Lee Livingston – Executive Director/CEO, Alcohol Justice
  • Patrick Lynch – Former Attorney General of Rhode Island; President, Patrick Lynch Group; Advisor, Center for Alcohol Policy
  • Michael Madigan – Managing Partner, Madigan, Dahl & Harlan, P.A.
  • Vicky McDowell – President & CEO, The Presidents’ Forum of the Distilled Spirits Industry
  • Chuck McIlhinney – Pennsylvania State Senator
  • Toben Nelson – Associate Professor, Epidemiology & Community Health, University of Minnesota
  • Jerry Oliver – Former Chief of Police (Detroit, Richmond and Pasadena) and Arizona Alcohol Regulator; Advisor, Center for Alcohol Policy
  • Paul Pisano – Senior Vice President, Industry Affairs and General Counsel, National Beer Wholesalers Association
  • Tory Rocca – Michigan State Senator
  • Julia Sherman – Coordinator, Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project, University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Jessica Starns – Attorney, Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control
  • Robert Tobiassen – Former General Counsel, U.S. Alcohol Tax and Trade Bureau
  • Brad Uren – Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Michigan; Chair, American College of Emergency Physicians State Legislative and Regulatory Committee

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 2014, every attendee was able to secure CLE credits, and more than 38 states approved CLE accreditation for participants. Certain states do not have mandatory CLE requirements.

Additional details and the conference agenda are available on the CAP website, For further information, please email



The Center for Alcohol Policy is a 501c(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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