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Therapeutic Justice and Problem Gambling
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Approved for 1.0 CLE credit hour in Kansas and Missouri.

When: Thursday, March 20, 2014
11:30 AM until 12:50 PM
Where: Kansas Law Center
1200 SW Harrison Street
Topeka, Kansas 
United States
Presenter: Judge Mark G. Farrell
Contact: Cassandra Blackwell
(785) 234-5696

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This program has been approved for 1.0 CLE credit hour in both Kansas and Missouri.



Judge Mark G. Farrell, Amherst Criminal and Civil Court, Amherst, N.Y.


Judge Mark G. Farrell is the senior justice in the Amherst (N.Y.) Criminal and Civil Court, which operates in the largest suburban jurisdiction in New York.  In addition, he also serves as an adjunct clinical professor of law at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law, teaching Therapeutic Justice and is also a research associate professor in the School of Social Work at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Farrell founded the first suburban drug court in 1996, the first domestic violence court in Erie County in 1997, and currently operates the nation’s only gambling treatment court in 2001. He is a distinguished alumnus of the State University of New York at Buffalo and a graduate of both the National Drug Court Institute and the National Judicial College. 


Therapeutic Justice and Problem Gambling


Judge Farrell will discuss, in depth, the historical background, planning components, implementation, operation and experiential results of the world's first and only Gambling Treatment Court established in Amherst, New York, in August 2001. Based on the philosophy of Therapeutic Justice and the protocols used successfully over the past two decades in Drug Treatment and other Problem Solving courts, Gambling Treatment Court has worked toward addressing a long existing dilemma in the criminal justice system and in so doing has extended therapeutic intervention and the "diseased based" model of drug courts in an area of addiction and resultant criminal activity not involving the ingestion of a foreign substance into the body. In this regard Judge Farrell will also define Problem and Pathological gambling, the current posture of DSMV and the application of this illness to a criminal defendant. Judge Farrell will compare and contrast the approaches of the Traditional vs. the Therapeutic Justice systems in terms of case handling, and highlight the ethical and practical problems facing both the Bench and Bar in terms of identifying, screening, triaging, and representing, and diverting, monitoring, and holding accountable those criminal defendants whose pending offenses have their genesis in either problem or pathological gambling. The presenter will outline the structure and specific operation of a Gambling Treatment Court (pre-plea and post-plea), the options and challenges facing the presiding judge and the therapeutic treatment team, the ethical and professional aspects of the roles of both Prosecutor and Defense Counsel, and the responsibilities and obligations of a participating defendant in this diversionary therapeutic setting.


The objectives of this session are that attendees should:

  • Understand the concepts, philosophy, and protocols of the therapeutic justice system.
  • Understand the basic definition of problem and pathological gambling.
  • Understand how criminal defendants with gambling issues are identified, referred to, and represented in Gambling Treatment Court.
  • Understand the overall structure, operation and procedural aspects of a Gambling Treatment Intervention Court.
  • Understand the ethical roles and responsibilities of both the Bench and the Bar In this type of problem solving Court
  • Understand the participatory role and obligations of a criminal defendant with a gambling issue in this version of a diversionary court.

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