Each year, NADCP honors those extraordinary professionals who exemplify the ideals of the treatment court field. At RISE22, NADCP bestowed three prestigious awards. Nominations for RISE23 Awards will be announced early next year.
The Stanley Goldstein Treatment Court Hall of Fame
The Honorable Bruce Williams
Judge Bruce Williams was elected to the Fifth Judicial District Family Court in 1995. During his tenure as a family court judge, Judge Williams served as president of the South Carolina Conference of Family Court Judges as well as secretary-treasurer. Judge Williams has presided over the Richland County Juvenile Drug Court since its inception in January 1997. This court was part of the first generation of juvenile drug courts that helped establish the model. In 1998 at the Governor’s Conference on Youth Crime, he was awarded the Program Achievement Award for Juvenile Drug Court.
Judge Williams served as Chair of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals from 2019-2021. Judge Williams’ steady hand guided NADCP through the most disruptive period of the COVID-19 pandemic, helping the organization shift to virtual training and reach more treatment court professionals than ever before. Judge Williams also helped lead NADCP’s expanded international work, leading to new opportunities to advance treatment courts in places where they don’t yet exist.
In 2021, Judge Williams was elected to serve as Chief Judge of the South Carolina Court of Appeals.
The Honorable Jeri Beth Cohen
Judge Jeri Beth Cohen has been a state and national drug court leader for over 20 years. In 1999, she established one of the first family treatment courts in the nation in Miami, Florida which soon became a national model.
Judge Cohen served as Chair of the Florida Association of Drug Court Professionals for seven years and served on the NADCP board for six years. In this capacity, Judge Cohen has helped advance treatment courts, impacting hundreds of programs and thousands of practitioners.
Judge Cohen is recognized as an expert on issues relating to child welfare, substance abuse and mental health. She has been a tireless champion in Miami-Dade for the use of medication for opioid use disorder as part of a comprehensive approach to recovery and has trained hundreds of child welfare and treatment court partners, including judges, on the benefits of incorporating MOUD into treatment services. Judge Cohen retired in 2020 but remains closely involved with treatment courts at the state and national level.