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New York judge to present public event for Kansas Problem Gambling Awareness Week

Wednesday, March 19, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Beth Warrington
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The Kansas Bar Association is partnering with the Department for Aging and Disability Services and the Kansas Coalition for Problem Gambling to present a free public event this Thursday, March 20 at the Kansas Law Center (1200 SW Harrison St., Topeka, Kan.), in conjunction with National Problem Gambling Awareness Month.


Judge Mark G. Farrell, a senior justice in the Amherst, N.Y., Criminal and Civil Court, will be presenting his program, "Therapeutic Justice and Problem Gambling.” Farrell is the founder of the nation’s first and only gambling treatment court and also serves as an adjunct professor of law at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law.


The program 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, N.Y., in 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.


About the Program

"Therapeutic Justice and Problem Gambling”


WHO: Judge Mark G. Farrell, Amherst, NY, Criminal and Civil Court


Judge 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.


WHEN: Thursday, March 20, 2014, 11:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.


WHERE: Kansas Law Center, 1200 SW Harrison St., Topeka, KS


More Information

This program is free of charge and lunch will be provided, but attendees must pre-register. For more information and to register to attend, please visit


This program has been approved for 1.0 continuing legal education credit hour in both Kansas and Missouri.


The event is open to the media. Please contact Cassandra Blackwell with any questions at (785) 234-5696.