New Speakers Added for Ninth Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Center for Alcohol Policy’s Ninth Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference to be held August 28 – 30, 2016, at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas, 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, policymakers and industry officials.

In addition to keynote remarks by Rhode Island’s attorney general, presenters at this year’s conference will include:

  • Tom Coderre, Chief of Staff, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Brannon Denning, Associate Dean and Professor of Law, Samford University Cumberland School of Law; Advisor, Center for Alcohol Policy
  • William Earle, President, National Association of Beverage Importers
  • Pam Erickson, CEO, Public Action Management, PLC
  • Pat Gagliardi, President, Gagliardi Associates
  • James Hall, Former Chairman, National Traffic Safety Board; Advisor, Center for Alcohol Policy
  • Jacob Hegeman, Vice President, Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America
  • Charles Hildebrandt, Attorney-at-Law, Roberts Law Group
  • Paul Kaspszak, Executive Director, Minnesota Municipal Beverage Association
  • Anthony Kogut, Managing Attorney, Willingham & Coté, P.C.
  • Mike Lashbrook, Executive Director, Center for Alcohol Policy
  • 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.
  • Spencer Nevins, President, Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association
  • Jerry Oliver, Former Chief of Police (Detroit, Richmond and Pasadena) and Arizona Alcohol Regulator; Advisor, Center for Alcohol Policy
  • John Patrick, Maine State Senator
  • Floyd Prozanski, Oregon State Senator
  • Lawrence Sanborn, Inspector & Division Manager, Liquor Enforcement, Maine Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages & Lottery Operations
  • Keith Strama, Shareholder, Beatty, Bangle, Strama, P.C.
  • Jesse Sweet, Policy Analyst, Oregon Liquor Control Commission
  • Robert Tobiassen, Former General Counsel, U.S. Alcohol Tax and Trade Bureau
  • Adam Vanek, General Counsel, Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • Robert Vincent, Public Health Analyst, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Shawn Walker, Chief Deputy, Bureau of Enforcement, Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

To register online, visit Government and non-profit employees receive special discounted registration rates.

For hotel reservations at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel, book online or call (800) 811-8893. Please indicate that you are attending the Center for Alcohol Policy Law and Policy Conference to secure the negotiated single/double group rate of $169 per night plus tax. If you are a government employee, there are a limited number of single/double rooms at the government rate of $125 per night plus tax (valid government photo ID is required at the time of check-in). Please call (214) 267-4896 and ask for Emily DelCampo if you would like to book a government rate room. Be sure to make your room reservation before the room block expires on August 5.

The Center works with state continuing legal education (CLE) boards to provide attending attorneys with CLE credits. In 2015, 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 2016 Alcohol Law and Policy Conference will be available on the Center’s website,, as they become available. View the conference brochure for a schedule and list of education sessions.


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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