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Substance Use Disorders and Recovery 2021: Representing the Pro Bono Client

Speaker(s): Brandon George, Mallory Curran, Mary G. McMasters, MD, DFASAM, Sally Friedman, Stefanie K. Davis
Recorded on: May. 12, 2021
PLI Program #: 306036

Brandon George is the Vice President for recovery, advocacy and programs for Mental Health America Indiana and the Director of Indiana Addiction Issues Coalition, which advocates for recovery through public policy and education. As a person in long-term recovery, Brandon dedicates his time personally and professionally to fighting addiction and promoting recovery.

Brandon has been used as a consultant for SAMHSA’s Opioid Response Network, the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and is a contributor to Harvard’s Law Blog. He served as a trusted advisor to the National Judicial Opioid Task Force, on the leader’s council for Legal Services Corporation (LSC) and recently spoke at the White House for the Office of National Drug Control Policy regarding addiction workforce issues and recovery messaging.

Mallory Curran is an attorney and consultant who works with legal and health care non-profits across the country on a broad range of activities involving medical-legal partnership, non-profit legal services, and technology. She is a Senior Advisor to the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership. For more than a decade, Mallory was a civil legal services attorney and supervisor in Cleveland and New York City. Mallory graduated from The Ohio State University and received her law degree from New York University School of Law.

Mary McMasters is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.  She graduated from Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine where she was a member of AOA, the national Medical Honor Society.  Dr. McMasters completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Michigan State and completed additional board certifications in Hospice and Palliative Care as well as Addiction Medicine.  She was named to the Substance Abuse Advisory Council by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, reappointed as Chairman by Governor Northam, and served on the Governor’s Task Force on Opioids and Heroin.  Dr. McMasters, a native Virginian, is married to Captain Robert McMasters. They have four grown sons and five grandchildren. 

Currently retired from active practice.  Active in teaching.

Sally Friedman is the Vice President of Legal Advocacy at the Legal Action Center (LAC), a non-profit law and policy organization that fights discrimination against individuals with criminal justice histories, substance use disorders, and HIV/AIDS. Ms. Friedman plays a key role in the Center’s strategic planning, fundraising, and program development and directs its Legal Department, which engages in impact litigation, direct legal services, technical assistance, and training.  At LAC, Ms. Friedman has litigated numerous precedent-setting cases, including Beckett v. Aetna, a national class action lawsuit challenging Aetna’s violation of over 13,000 members’ HIV privacy rights, and Innovative Health Systems v. City of White Plains, a federal lawsuit establishing that the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits using zoning laws to exclude facilities serving people with disabilities.  Ms. Friedman has worked extensively to reduce barriers to medications for opioid use disorder and is considered a national expert on the topic.  She authored the 2011 report, Legality of Denying Access to Medication Assisted Treatment in the Criminal Justice System, co-authored the 2015 report, Medication-Assisted Treatment in Drug Courts: Recommended Strategies, and authored Defense Lawyers and the Opioid Epidemic: Advocating for Addiction Medication. Ms. Friedman has conducted dozens of trainings nationwide and written extensively on anti-discrimination and privacy laws. Prior to joining the Legal Action Center, Ms. Friedman worked as a litigation associate at the New York law firm of Kramer, Levin, Naftalis, and Frankel.  She graduated cum laude from New York University School of Law and phi beta kappa from Brown University. 

Stefanie Davis is a Senior Assistant General Counsel in the Office of Legal Affairs at the Legal Services Corporation. At LSC, she writes regulations in plain English, gives clear and concise legal advice, talks to anyone who’s interested about LSC’s regulations, and manages LSC’s Veterans Task Force. She joined LSC in 2013 after nearly ten years advising human services programs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, two years teaching English in Iwate, Japan, and one week learning to sail the schooner Mary Day off the coast of Maine. She began her legal career representing people who were homeless or at risk of homelessness at the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless in Washington, DC. She is a 2002 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology magna cum laude from the University of New Mexico.