Photos by Blane Marable Photography.

Photos by Blane Marable Photography.

The Susette M. Talarico Lecture, presented by the Criminal Justice Studies Program and the Criminal Justice Society, is hosted annually in memory of Dr. Talarico, a long-time director of the Criminal Justice Studies Program. With support from the Susette M. Talarico Fund, the Criminal Justice Society, the Departments of Political Science and Sociology, this lecture series has brought practitioners and scholars to campus to speak on a wide variety of current issues in criminal justice.

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2019 Susette M. Talarico Lecture

presented by the Criminal Justice Studies Program and the Criminal Justice Society

Judge Steve Goss
Court of Appeals of Georgia

“Next Step for Persons in the Criminal Justice System with Mental Health Issues”

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 • 2:00 pm
Baldwin Hall, Pinnacle Room (480)

Prior to his appointment in 2018 to the Court of Appeals of Georgia, Judge Steve Goss served as a state trial judge in Albany, Georgia for 23 years, first as a juvenile court judge and for the last 19 years as a state circuit Superior Court judge. Judge Goss is a past president of the Council of Superior Court Judges of Georgia. In 2002, Judge Goss founded the Dougherty Superior Court Mental Health/Substance Abuse treatment court program. It was the first full-scale mental health court in Georgia and one of the early felony programs nationally. The program has served as a national Learning Site for mental health courts as designated by the Council of State Gov’ts and the US Bureau of Justice Assistance. He is the immediate past chairman of the Council of Accountability Court Judges of Georgia.

Judge Goss is a faculty member of the National Drug Court Institute and is a senior adviser to the US Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration GAINS Center for persons in the criminal justice system with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. He has served as an active faculty member of the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada since 2003. He has published articles and book chapters on the issues of mental health courts, co-occurring disorders, mental competency and trial court professionalism. He regularly presents and consults in other states in support of the development of programs dealing with persons in the criminal justice system with co-occurring disorders.


2009: Valerie E. Caproni, general counsel of the FBI
2010: Joe D. Whitley, former general counsel for the Department of Homeland Security
2011: Leah Ward Sears, Former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice
2013: John Hagan, John D. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Law, Northwestern University / Co-director, Center on Law & Globalization at the American Bar Foundation
2014: Michael P. Downing, Deputy Chief, Los Angeles Police Department
2015: Victor Rios, University of California-Santa Barbara
2016: Steven E. Clark, Director, Presley Center for Crime and Justice Studies Director / Professor of Psychology, University of California, Riverside
2017: Dr. Christopher Uggen, Regents Professor and Martindale Chair in Sociology and Law, University of Minnesota
2018: Chief Louis M. Dekmar, Chief of Police and Chief of Public Safety for the City of LaGrange