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Echoes of War: The Combat Veteran in the Criminal Justice System

February 20, 2014 5:00pm
Room 114

This program will explore the history of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a common side effect of war, and its ties to criminal behavior.  It will then explore the ways in which America and its criminal justice system can learn lessons from history and avoid mistakes made with past generations of troubled returning war veterans.  In many cases, a criminal charge can serve as an opportunity to intervene with a troubled veteran and help them get the help they need to get back on their feet and return to their communities as an asset, rather than a liability.  The veterans receive the help they need and, at the same time, public safety is enhanced.

CLE: 1hr. general approved for Ohio and Kentucky

About the Guest Speaker: Brockton D. Hunter

Brock Hunter is an attorney and former Army Scout who has represented veterans in many high-profile cases.  Brock drafted and led passage of Minnesota’s Veterans Sentencing Legislation and has since helped pass similar legislation in other states.  He has been recognized, nationally, for his work on behalf of veterans in the criminal courts, being called on to help to brief the Obama Presidential Transition Team, and leadership of the Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Brock has also spoken before thousands of attorneys, judges, and law enforcement officers across the country on the special issues surrounding veterans in the criminal justice system. Brock is the lead editor and co-author of the forthcoming book, The Attorney’s Guide to Defending Veterans in Criminal Court.

Learn more about Mr. Hunter at his website: Brock Hunter

This event is sponsored by the Weaver Institute for Law and Psychiatry. A reception will follow immediately after the program.