Haworth College of Business News

Drug Treatment Courts: Smarter Justice is topic of October Keystone talk

Members of the community will learn about the success of a Kalamazoo substance abuse rehabilitation program at the October 28 Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Series, hosted by WMU’s Haworth College of Business.

The Honorable William Schma, president of the board of directors for the Drug Treatment Court Foundation of Kalamazoo County, will discuss how the program has transformed the lives of over 540 men and women since the program’s inception in 1992.

Drug Treatment Court uses various treatments to help aid men and women repair their lives through counseling, job training, educational classes and participation in community service projects as opposed to incarceration.

Schma’s presentation titled “Drug Treatment Courts: Smarter Justice,” is free and open to the public. The event begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and will be held in the Dean’s Conference Room of Schneider Hall. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the College dean’s office at (269) 387-6059. Parking is available in the nearby Fetzer Center parking lot.

Schma served as a Kalamazoo County Circuit Court judge from his initial appointment in 1987 until his retirement in 2007. He has lectured, published articles and law reviews, and made numerous presentations on substance abuse and criminal justice, drug treatment courts, therapeutic jurisprudence, and problem solving courts.

He is a founding member of the National Association for Drug Court Professionals and served as the first president of the Michigan Association of Drug Court Professionals. He received the Founders Award and the Stanley M. Goldstein Award from the National Association of Drug Court Professionals in addition to earning The Champion of Justice Award from the State Bar of Michigan.

Schma is president of the Drug Treatment Court Foundation of Kalamazoo County and maintains a particular interest in understanding and promoting the law.

The Keystone Community Bank Breakfast Speaker Series is underwritten by Keystone Community Bank. The series provides an opportunity for the local community to hear top business leaders and WMU faculty, alumni and friends of the Haworth College of Business discuss current business and community related topics.