White House Office of National Drug Control Policy Names Judge Robert Russell A 2014 Advocate for Action


The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) has named Veterans Treatment Court Pioneer Judge Robert Russell a 2014 Advocate for Action. This prestigious award was given to Judge Russell during a special ceremony in Washington, DC with Acting ONDCP Director Michael Botticelli.

ONDCP Advocates for Action are individuals who are recognized for reducing drug use and its consequences through their astounding efforts and groundbreaking thinking. Judge Russell has done just that by not only presiding over Drug Court and Mental Health Court, but also by creating the nation’s first Veterans Treatment Court. In his incredible career on the bench, Judge Russell has rerouted thousands of people who otherwise would be incarcerated and put them on the road to recovery—saving lives, reuniting families, and making his community safer. By creating the nation’s first Veterans Treatment Court, Judge Russell has forever changed the way this nation treats veterans in the justice system. His relentless passion has also led him across the country to teach other communities how to implement life-saving programs of their own. Judge Russell serves on the NADCP Board of Directors where he was the first Chair of the Veterans Treatment Court Committee, and he regularly travels the country as faculty for NADCP National Drug Court Institute.

“It is my honor to receive this tremendous distinction and I thank the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy for their leadership,” said Judge Russell. “I consider it my privilege to play a small part on the transformation that takes place in treatment courts when individuals are given a second-chance and I look forward to continuing my work to help ensure these programs are within reach of every person in need.” Click here to read more about ONDCP’s award and to read their blog about all of the 2014 Advocates for Action. Also, check out this video of Judge Russell discussing the award.