Courthouse Connection Newsletter
 Volume 3, Issue 1
March 2011 

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Re-Entry Court Celebrates First Graduates


Re-Entry Court Program
U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith congratulates
Re-Entry Court graduates.

On Feb. 3, 2011, the first participants in the Western District’s Re-Entry Court program graduated, demonstrating their personal achievement and the success of the program itself, which is designed to provide an alternative for individuals on federal supervised release with significant substance abuse treatment needs.

U.S. District Judge Ortrie D. Smith presided over the graduation session of Re-Entry Court and continues to shepherd the program along with U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Maughmer.  Re-Entry Court is accomplished through partnerships and collaborations between the court, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Federal Public Defender’s Office, U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services Office, and various community resources.  Its goal is to improve participant outcomes, thereby reducing recidivism, conserving judicial resources and making a positive difference in the lives of the participants.

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Inside This Edition...

Re-Entry Court Celebrates First Graduates

Gormley’s “The Death of American Virtue” Draws Large Audience
FCA―Gutter Ball Bowling With the Bench & Bar

Judge Sachs Shares a Personal Encounter With Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

District Court Highlights

Bankruptcy Court Highlights

At the Circuit Level—8th Circuit to Sit in Kansas City
Clerk's Corner—Budget Woes
Court News and Notes

Save the Date

April 28―Truman Library Benefit―Wild About Harry! With Justice Stephen Breyer
May 12―Bankruptcy Volunteer Reception
May 13―Koger Bankruptcy Symposium
May 19-21, 2011―KCMBA Bench Bar

June 23―FCAS Summer Social at KCMBA Headquarters

June 24―D. Brook Bartlett Lectures

August―Inn of Court 2011-2012 Program Year Registration


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