Conference Keynote Speaker
Our 2015 conference will feature Judge Floerke who will address the conference theme "The Dance of Compassion" Thursday October 15th at 10:30 in the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC)Symphony Hall.
Nothing is ultimately effective without healthy human connection. In his keynote, Calling: Our Work and Our Lives, Judge Floerke will share a vision of an integrated understanding of addiction, recovery, alliance, and mindful practice to fortify and sustain us. Through sharing the rapidly expanding body of research surrounding brain development, trauma, and resiliency, he will present a moving depiction of addiction. He will articulate the compassionate presence, an essential component of recovery, and encourage us to see ourselves as part of that compassionate presence for those who are struggling. Finally he will challenge us that in order to vibrantly walk out our vocations, each of us (admittedly strugglers ourselves) must grapple with our own need for renewal.
Judge Shaun R. Floerke is the chief judge of the 6th District, chambered in Duluth. An innovator, Judge Floerke leads a high risk felony DWI Court; he is Co- Chair of the Minnesota Drug Court Initiative; he pioneered a community restorative circle model working with domestic violence offenders; and he is piloting a new approach to screen, educate and refer first-time offenders in order to prevent repeat offending. He serves with several teams of dedicated professionals and community members seeking to bring accountability and restoration for those in the judicial system. He focuses on people struggling with addiction and mental health concerns. He trains judges and other professionals throughout Minnesota and across the nation and has received awards and commendations for his passionate efforts to work out justice effectively and with care, dignity, and respect.