United States Associate Deputy Attorney General Steven H. Cook to Give Keynote Address at

21st Century Drug and Violence Prevention Training Conference and Marijuana Symposium

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March 18-20, 2018 In Atlantic City, Hosted By L.E.A.D.


Hear about DOJ drug crime policies

Critical topics for New Jersey:  How To Address the Marijuana Issue, Legal or Not

School Safety, Drugged Driving, Addressing the Issue With Prevention, How Other States Manage,

The Heroin And Opiate Problem And Where It Is Headed … Among Topics Discussed


– United States Associate Deputy Attorney General Steven H. Cook will give a keynote lunch talk about current Department of Justice policies and its approach on drug crimes in the United States on Monday, March 19 to more than 350 attendees at the 21st Century Drug and Violence Prevention Training Conference and Marijuana Symposium, an annual conference hosted by L.E.A.D and held this year March 18-20 at Harrah’s in Atlantic City.


I am pleased that Steve Cook has accepted our invitation to speak,” said Nick DeMauro, Executive Director and CEO of L.E.A.D.  “Starting out as a law enforcement officer and throughout his career, he has had a tremendous impact on law enforcement issues that affect all of us.”


Steve Cook currently serves as an Associate Deputy Attorney General in the United States Department of Justice. In March of 2017, he was appointed to serve as the Deputy Attorney General’s point person on the Task Force for Crime Reduction and Public Safety—a task force created at the direction of the President to develop a nationwide strategy to reduce crime. He now serves as the Director of Law Enforcement Affairs for the U.S. Department of Justice.


“This conference will be the most comprehensive information gathering opportunity organized in one place for law enforcement, educators and government leaders,” said Nick DeMauro, Executive Director and CEO of L.E.A.D.

“We have 15 speakers who are experts in their field and will share their wide-ranging knowledge. We are especially fortunate to have Dr. Carnevale facilitate the Marijuana Symposium. With many states including New Jersey faced with potentially legalizing marijuana, more than ever, methods need to be developed to address this problem and he brings extensive knowledge to this complicated issue.”


The Marijuana Symposium will be held on March 20 that will take an agnostic look at how to address the marijuana issue, legal or not, offering tangible, thought-provoking takeaways.  It will be facilitated by Dr. John Carnevale, an internationally recognized drug policy expert. Moderated by talk show host Jim McQueeny, presenters and their topics include: Dr. Bill Beacham: Understanding the Marijuana Issue in Society. Dr. William Crano: How Do We Use Media Campaigns to Reduce Drug Use in Adolescents; Dr. Zili Sloboda: Addressing the Marijuana Issue with Prevention. Chief Marco Vasquez: How Do Colorado Police Chiefs Address Marijuana Issues. For more information about the conference, please visit: http://leadrugs.org/3rd-annual-training-conference/


Two marijuana symposium keynote speakers are from states that have already passed legislation.  Chris Halsor, a Colorado attorney, expert on drugged driving, and founder of Understanding Legal Marijuana, LLC; and Rich Garza, agency director of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board and past president of the National Conference of state Liquor Administrators will talk about their states’ experiences.


On March 19, morning keynote speaker Bernard James, Professor of Constitutional Law at Pepperdine University School of Law will talk about school safety and the law and address issues facing law enforcement and educators in school such as search and seizure, confronting illegal activities and understanding the role of educators and law enforcement in those circumstances. The day will also include interactive discussion workshops:  Bernard James: What a Safe School Looks Like:  Major Legislation And Top Cases; Douglas Collier: The Heroin and Opiate Problem: Where Are We At And Where Are We Going; Dr. Bill Beacham: The History Of The Drug Problem In America; Charles Mendez: The Too Good For Drugs and Violence Family of Curricula; Dr. Allan Cohen: Why Should You Only Use Evidence-Based Programs.


On March 18, drug and violence prevention certification workshops will be held to certify law enforcement officers to teach L.E.A.D. IN THE CLASSROOM, an evidence-based tested and proven effective K-12 anti-drug and anti-violence program. Another workshop will be offered for L.E.A.D. ON THE STREET, a science-based program providing information and skills for law enforcement to bring best practices back to their respective agencies to support community prevention programs creating safer and healthier communities free of drugs, bullying, and violence.


Attendees will include L.E.A.D. officers, police chiefs, senior police management, narcotics enforcement officers, school resource officers, superintendents, principals, school-based law enforcement personnel as well as community and educational leaders.


About L.E.A.D.

Established in 2014, L.E.A.D. the only law enforcement-focused 501(c)(3) charitable organization offering a comprehensive drug prevention initiative with an IN THE CLASSROOM component for students and an ON THE STREET component for law enforcement. L.E.A.D. provides leadership, resources and management to ensure law enforcement agencies have the means to partner with our educators, community leaders, and families by providing proven and effective evidence-based programs to deter youth and adults from drug use, drug related crimes, bullying and violence. We are committed to reinforcing the mutual respect, goodwill and relations between law enforcement and their communities.