SPEAKERS

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"The Will to Survive: Dealing with
the Aftermath of Trauma" 
Dr. Bobby E. Smith, PH.D

 After a 25-year career in law enforcement, Bobby Smith was left without his career and his eyesight after a shotgun blast to the face in 1986 during an encounter with a drug offender. Just after being shot, Bobby pursued a Masters Degree in Education and a doctorate in Counseling Psychology. 

Bobby currently serves with Louisiana State Police as the director of the Troopers Assistance program, is the President of the FORTE Foundation, and has spent nearly 20 years speaking in every major city in the US to share his message with law enforcement officers, government agencies, emergency medical teams, corporations, schools, and churches. Dr. Bobby has authored three books and has shared his message of dealing with the tragedies of life and being thankful with over one million people. Today, Dr. Bobby Smith, along with his wife Janie continues to pursue his vision of opening BADGES Counseling center to make qualified counselors available to law enforcement officers in a safe environment.

 

 

 
 

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"What Academic Research Actually Shows:
  The War on Cops"
Ms. Heather Mac Donald, Political Commentator
Manhattan Institute for Policy Research 

Heather Mac  Donald is the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. She is a recipient of the 2005 Bradley Prize. Mac Donald’s work at City Journal has canvassed a range of topics, including higher education, immigration, policing and “racial” profiling, homelessness and homeless advocacy, criminal-justice reform, and race relations.

Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, and The New CriterionThe Burden of Bad Ideas (2001), a collection of Mac Donald’s City Journal essays, details the effects of the 1960s counterculture’s destructive march through America’s institutions. In The Immigration Solution: A Better Plan than Today’s (2007), coauthored with Victor Davis Hanson and Steven Malanga, she chronicles the effects of broken immigration laws and proposes a practical solution to securing the country’s porous borders. In Are Cops Racist? (2010), another City Journal anthology, Mac Donald investigates the workings of the police, the controversy over so-called racial profiling, and the anti-profiling lobby’s harmful effects on black Americans.

A nonpracticing lawyer, Mac Donald clerked for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and was an attorney-advisor in the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a volunteer with the Natural Resources Defense Council. She has testified before numerous U.S. House and Senate Committees. In 1998, Mac Donald was appointed to Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s task force on the City University of New York. In 2004, she received the Civilian Valor Award from the New Jersey State Law Enforcement Officers. In 2008, Mac Donald received the Integrity in Journalism Award from the New York State Shields, as well as the Eugene Katz Award for Excellence in the Coverage of Immigration from the Center for Immigration Studies. In 2012, she received the Quill & Badge Award for Excellence in Communication from the International Union of Police Associations.

A frequent guest on Fox News, CNN, and other TV and radio programs, Mac Donald holds a B.A. in English from Yale University, graduating with a Mellon Fellowship to Cambridge University, where she earned an M.A. in English and studied in Italy through a Clare College study grant. She holds a J.D. from Stanford University Law School.