Associate Dean Speaks about the Importance of Veterans Treatment Courts
On Sept. 29, WMU-Cooley Associate Dean and retired Brigadier General Michael McDaniel spoke to Kalamazoo County Leaders and individuals interested in creating a county-operated Veterans Treatment Court (VTC). The event was hosted by WMU-Cooley graduates Randall and Sharan Levine, who are managing partners of Kalamazoo-based Levine & Levine Attorneys at Law.
McDaniel, who authored Veterans Treatment Courts in Michigan: Manual for Judges, spoke about the benefits of VTCs. “Veterans Treatment Courts help Michigan’s justice system-involved veterans get back to leading productive, law-abiding lifestyles more quickly,” he said. “Through VTCs, we can help those who served our country and want to be productive members of their communities.”
McDaniel was joined by Kalamazoo County Prosecuting Attorney Jeff Getting, Ninth Judicial Circuit Court Judge Pamela Lightvoet, and Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller, who each spoke about the importance of a county-operated VTC.
“We were pleased to present this opportunity to discuss the importance of creating a Veterans Treatment Court in Kalamazoo County,” said Randall Levine. “Michigan is a national leader in the number of Veterans Treatment Courts, and the addition of such a court here will address challenges the justice system is ill-equipped to solve.”
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