Speakers

Name Summary State
Reserve Deputy Sheriff Jeff Studdard (Fmr.)

  Born and raised in Southern California, Jeff served for 10 years in law enforcement as a school district police officer and reserve Los Angeles County deputy sheriff. He’s also a graduate of LA. County’s exclusive Drug Recognition Expert program, which teaches police how to recognize impairment in drivers under the influence of drugs and/or […]

CA
Sheriff John O’Brien (Fmr.)

  John O’Brien was the elected sheriff of Genesee County, Michigan from 1973 until 1984. Early on, he was asked to appear on a local radio show to discuss his opinion about marijuana laws.

CA
Walter Clark, Deputy District Attorney (Fmr.)

Walter Clark served as a deputy district attorney of Riverside County, California, in the mid 1970’s. Walter has worked as planning commissioner for the City of Indian Wells, is admitted to practice before the Supreme Courts of both California and the United States, and is a judge pro tempore.  

CA
Judge George Eskin (Ret.)

  Judge George Eskin (Ret.) spent the early part of his career as a prosecutor for Ventura County, California. He was later the Chief Assistant City Attorney for Los Angeles from 1976 until 1981 and a Superior Court Judge for the County of Santa Barbara from 2003 to 2013.  

CA
Michael Cindrich, Deputy District Attorney (Fmr.)

Michael Cindrich is a former Deputy District Attorney with the County of San Diego District Attorney’s Office. During his time as a DDA, he was lead counsel on both misdemeanor and felony cases. Cindrich prosecuted a wide range of cases including: D.U.I., assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, burglary, kidnapping, child endangerment, drug sales, and […]

CA
Officer Andrea Farnum (Fmr.)

In 1983, Andrea Farnum began a four-year stint as a New York City Police Officer. First assigned to the 34th Precinct in Washington Heights and then as an undercover narcotics officer in Manhattan North, Andrea saw firsthand how the War on Drugs was more about arrest numbers than about helping people struggling with addiction.

CA
Sergeant Terry Blevins (Fmr.)

Terry Blevins is a Los Angeles-based security consultant with decades of experience in local and federal law enforcement and international police training.

CA
Lieutenant Tom Barham (Fmr.)

Tom Barham served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office for 16 years, eventually rising to the rank of Lieutenant. As Lieutenant, Barham was in charge of the Marina Del Rey station.

CA
Tom Parker, Assistant Special Agent (Ret.)

Tom Parker served with the FBI for 24 years, rising to Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Los Angeles FBI Field Office. At the FBI, Parker established the FBI’s largest field drug enforcement program in Los Angeles, led the FBI’s investigation of the 1990 Rodney King beating at the hands of the LAPD officers, […]

CA
Chief Mark Spawn (Ret.)

Mark Spawn served 24 years in the Fulton, NY Police Department, first as a detective and then for twelve years as Chief of Police. Spawn’s tenure as Chief was marked by an enhanced sex offense investigations, new community policing initiatives, and increased transparency.

CA
Sergeant Cheryl Dorsey (Ret.)

Cheryl Dorsey began her law enforcement career in 1980 with the Los Angeles Police Department as a patrol officer. During the course of her 20 year career, she served in the South, Central, West, and Valley Bureaus within the City of Los Angeles and became a sergeant.

CA
David Muhammad, Chief Probation Officer (Fmr.)

David Muhammad is the former Chief Probation Officer of the Alameda County Probation Department, where he oversaw 20,000 people on probation in addition to a staff of 600. He implemented reforms emphasizing the positive youth development model of probation, which builds on the strengths of young probationers by providing opportunities, support, positive role models, and […]

CA
Yvette McDowell, Assistant City Prosecutor (Ret.)

Yvette McDowell served as a firefighter and paramedic for 30 years before she became an assistant city prosecutor in Pasadena, California. Her work as a prosecutor spanned 14 years and involved all aspects of pre-trial, trial preparation and appellate work.

CA
Chief Jennifer Tejada

Jennifer Tejada began her law enforcement career in 1995 as an officer with the Novato Police Department in California. In 1997, she was appointed to the California Advisory Commission on Sexual Assault Victim Services where she established a sexual-assault prevention program for young women in Novato.

CA
Deputy Marshal Jason Thomas (Fmr.)

Jason Thomas served as a Detention Officer in Prowers County, Colorado’s 125-bed detention facility and as a Deputy Marshal in Holly, Colorado. Prior to his law enforcement career, Jason was the Leading Petty Officer in a Naval ROTC and at 17 commanded his division of over 100 cadets to be named the top division in the […]

CO
Judge John L. Kane (Ret.)

  Judge John L. Kane became a United States District Judge in 1977. Judge Kane served as Colorado’s first public defender and founded the state’s first racially integrated law office in 1963 with the late Irving P. Andrews. Since becoming a judge, he has consulted on behalf of the state department and the US. Information […]

CO
Titus Peterson, Lead Felony Prosecutor (Fmr.)

  Titus Peterson served as a prosecutor for five years in the Colorado Fifth Judicial District Attorney’s Office, under the Honorable Peter F. Michaelson. He began as a deputy district attorney and was eventually promoted to lead felony attorney for Clear Creek County, where he prosecuted all drug-related felonies as well as violent crimes.

CO
Jay Fisher, Assistant Attorney General (Fmr.)

Jay Fisher  is currently a criminal defense attorney in Denver, Colorado.  He formerly worked as an appellate prosecutor and as an Assistant Attorney General for the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. Fisher also formerly served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia in the Criminal Division, handling post-conviction matters on behalf of the prosecution […]

CO
Sheriff’s Deputy Carrie Roberts (Fmr.)

Carrie Roberts formerly worked with the Colorado Department of Corrections at an all—male, high security penitentiary. Roberts later became an Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Deputy and worked corrections. Roberts is currently practicing Private Investigator in her native state of Colorado, Carrie’s most recent business endeavor, the 420 Intel Agency, supports business owners in the newly legalized cannabis […]

CO
Petty Officer Larry Talley (Ret.)

  Larry Talley served in the United States Navy from 1987-2007 as an intelligence specialist and was stationed at Naval Special Warfare Unit Eight in the Republic of Panama from 1991-1998.  Under the Joint lnteragency Task Force, the organization in charge of counterdrug missions, his command was tasked with many different interdiction operations; some included training […]

CO