This special session will feature California Supreme Court Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar discussing drug and addiction policy in conversation with Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar began serving on the Supreme Court of California in January 2015. Previously, he was the Stanley Morrison Professor of Law, Professor (by courtesy) of Political Science, and Director of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. Cuéllar is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, whose books and articles explore topics ranging from administrative law and legislation to cyberlaw and criminal justice. In the federal government, Justice Cuéllar served as Special Assistant to the President for Justice and Regulatory Policy at the White House (2009-2010). Within the California judiciary, he led the statewide Language Access Implementation Task Force (2015-2019). A naturalized U.S. citizen born in northern Mexico, he is a graduate of Harvard, Stanford, and Yale Law School. He started his legal career at the U.S. Treasury Department and clerked for Chief Judge Mary Schroeder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Keith Humphreys is the Esther Ting Memorial Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. His research addresses the prevention and treatment of addictive disorders, the formation of public policy and the extent to which subjects in medical research differ from patients seen in everyday clinical practice. He served as a drug policy advisor in the Bush and Obama White Houses, and currently advises many state and national governments on how scientific evidence can inform policies regarding addiction and other psychiatric disorders. Dr. Humphreys has been extensively involved in the formation of public policy, having testified to Congress on multiple occasions, and having served as a member of the White House Commission on Drug Free Communities, the VA National Mental Health Task Force, and the National Advisory Council of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.