This year, we are honoring the success of the ground-breaking Access to Community Treatment Court with remarks from a graduate from the first year of the drug treatment program which diverts defendants from incarceration. Judge Mary Colleen Roberts will accept the award on behalf of the program and discuss its impact.
The ACT Court identifies defendants in need of drug, mental health and other social services in order to divert them into appropriate treatment programs. Participants in the program complete a probation term of eighteen months. The probation includes random drug-testing, intensive residential or outpatient therapy and concludes with a transition to community-based social services, such as job training and interim housing.
We will also be honoring Miner Barnhill & Galland for the firm’s dedication to civil rights work and protecting the public interest. Founded in 1971, Miner, Barnhill & Galland stands out for the individual commitment of the attorneys to public service, as well as the firm’s litigation work in support of subsidized housing, in opposition to racially-gerrymandering in voting districts, and against predatory lending practices.