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West Side Drug Policy Forum

How Can a Big City Mayor Implement Innovative Drug Policies Despite Federal and State Restrictions and Opposition? How Can He Do This and Get Overwhelmingly Reelected?

The Honorable KURT SCHMOKE Mayor of Baltimore

speaking on

"Innovative Drug Policy: the Baltimore Experience"
Tuesday, May 21, 7-9 PM At the New York Society for Ethical Culture (2 West 64th Street)


Derrick Bell, Esq.,             Professor, NYU School of Law 

David Condliffe, Esq.,          Executive Director, Drug Policy Foundation 

Joseph McNamara, Ph.D.,         Research Assoc., The Hoover Institution 

Bart Majoor, Ph.D.,             Deputy Dir., St. Ann's Corner of Harm Reduction 

Susan Powers, Esq.,             Kings County District Attorney's Office


The Hon. JACK B. WEINSTEIN, US District Judge, Eastern District, NY

FREE -- All Are Welcome. For More Information call the Partnership for Responsible Drug Information (PRDI) (212) 362-1964.

Distinguished Speaker, Panelists and Moderator at the Third West Side Forum:

The Honorable Kurt L. Schmoke was first elected Mayor of Baltimore in 1987, and is now serving his a third term. A Baltimore native and former Rhodes Scholar, Mayor Schmoke served as an Assistant US Attorney from 1978 to 1982 and as a State's Attorney from 1982 to 1987. As State's Attorney he created a full-time narcotics unit to handle drug prosecutions and attained the highest drug offender conviction rate in the city's history. Now committed to drug policy reform, Mayor Schmoke has developed one of the most progressive drug policies of any city in the United States, based on a strategy he calls "medicalization."

Professor Derrick Bell has spent his 38 years of professional life advancing a civil rights agenda. As a litigator, he has held positions with the Justice Department and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. As an educator, he has taught in the law schools at Harvard University and New York University.

David C. Condliffe, Esq., is the Executive Director of the Drug Policy Foundation. Trained as a lawyer and at Harvard's Kennedy School, he served former Mayors John Lindsay and David Dinkins. As NYC's Director of Drug Policy, Mr. Condliffe's responsibilities included implementing the recommendations of former United States Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach's study group on drug policy.

Joseph D. McNamara, Ph.D., a research fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, began his career as a Harlem beat patrolman for the New York City Police Department. Ultimately, he was appointed Deputy Inspector in charge of crime analysis for New York City. In 1976, he became police chief for the city of San Jose, California, a post he held until his retirement in 1991.

Dr. Bart Majoor, a psychologist, worked in the Netherlands for 16 years in the field of harm reduction, including a six-year tenure as Head of the Department of Methodology and Training of the Netherlands Institute on Alcohol and Drugs. Since 1995, Dr. Majoor has been the Deputy Director of the St. Ann's Corner of Harm Reduction in the South Bronx.

Susan A. Powers, Esq., is the Deputy District Attorney for Programs and Planning in the Kings County District Attorney's Office. The former Director of the Community Service Sentencing Project at the Vera Institute for Justice, Ms. Powers has chaired several Bar Association committees. In addition, she has published extensively in the field of criminal justice.

The Honorable Jack B. Weinstein was appointed to the federal bench in 1967 by President Lyndon Johnson. From 1980 to 1988, he served as Chief Judge of the Eastern District of New York. A nationally renowned legal scholar, Judge Weinstein has authored numerous articles and books on evidence, procedure, mass torts and New York State constitutional law.

Sponsors of the West Side Forums

The Partnership for Responsible Drug Information (PRDI) is a non-profit educational organization of professionals. PRDI seeks to foster discussion of drug policy that is informed, rational and free of "all-or-nothing" thinking.

The New York Society for Ethical Culture is a humanistic religious institution that unites men and women of all backgrounds in a commitment to human worth and the common quest for ethical living and a more humane society. The Social Service Board of the New York Society for Ethical Culture. With a record of accomplishment going back to 1879, the Social Service Board is an important arm of the Society that addresses human problems and their solutions.

Cosponsors: Agenda for Children Tomorrow Proj. * All Souls Unitarian Church * Amer Ethical Union. * Beth Israel Med. Ctr * Charas El Bohio * Church of St. Matthew & St. Timothy * Columbia Sch. Pub. Health * Congregation B'nai Jeshurun * Correctional Assoc. of NY * Doctors of the World * Fordham Univ. Sch. Law Pub. Int. Resource Ctr. * Fortune Soc. * Freedom Fdn * Gay Men's Health Crisis * Interfaith Assemb. on Homelessness & Housing * Jan Hus Presbyterian Church * Judson Memorial Church * Montefiore Med. Ctr * NY Acad. of Medicine * NY Soc. for Prevention of Cruelty to Children * NYU Rev. of Law & Social Change * Odyssey House * Physicians for Human Rights * Physicians for Social Responsibility * Positive Health Project * Prison Life Magazine * Prisoners' Legal Svcs. * Riverside Church * St.Clare's Hosp. * St. Luke's/Roosevelt Hosp. * Solid Ground: A Franciscan Ministry * Victim Svcs. Agcy * Women's Prison Assoc. * West Side Fed. of Block & Neighborhood Assoc's

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