Photo: LegalEASE host Rudy Macklin
The on-air program host for LegalEASE is basketball great Durand “Rudy” Macklin, who came to Louisiana State University in 1976 and, as a freshman, was voted AP and UPI All-American. Macklin made the All-SEC First Team during his sophomore, junior and senior years, and led the LSU Tigers to the Final Four in Philadelphia in 1981. Macklin went on to play professionally for the Atlanta Hawks, the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Clippers before a career-ending injury forced him to retire from professional sports. He now devotes much of his time to counseling youth on the importance of physical fitness and to working with children to prevent underage drinking and the use of drugs.
Photo: LegalEASE
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Funded by grants from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in the U.S. Department of Justice and the Governor's Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Program, LegalEASE has won numerous awards, including the International Communicator Award of Excellence, the Telly, the SECA Award of Excellence, the Louisiana State Bar Association Excellence in Legal Journalism Award, the Louisiana Association of Educators Award of Excellence, and the American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award.
LegalEASE takes a unique approach to the problems of alcohol and drug abuse, violence and conflict resolution by presenting teenage viewers with a hard look at some of the long-term consequences of making bad choices. Hosted by basketball great Rudy Macklin, LegalEASE is designed to get those who are "on the fence" to think before they act. LegalEASE helps teens realize that actions they take today can, and often do, have an irrevocable impact on their future choices.

LegalEASE doesn't dwell on the physiological effects of substance abuse and violence. It focuses on the legal and emotional consequences of giving in to anger, peer pressure or the desire to drink or use drugs. Neither judgemental nor preachy, LegalEASE lets teens tell teens how destructive behavior altered their lives.

Young people recount the true stories of how they were denied hiring opportunities, lost custody of their own young children, and had their dreams shattered as their lives were changed forever by indiscretions involving alcohol, drugs, and violence. Some recount how thoughtless choices on their part or the part of their friends left them incapacitated or incarcerated. Others reveal the horror of having to live with the reality that they caused the death of another human being.

These programs are designed to stimulate group discussion and are accompanied by detailed teacher guides (download in pdf format below).

Program One:
The Legal Ramifications of Alcohol Abuse
This video focuses on some of the legal consequences of alcohol use and abuse, such as alcoholism, deaths and injuries resulting from impaired driving, rape and sexual assaults, family violence and child abuse (including the effects of prenatal alcohol use on an unborn child), and some of the legal repercussions suffered by those who engage in destructive behaviors causing harm to themselves or others. The companion guide provides adults who are neither specialists in the field of alcohol abuse nor lawyers with background information on the physiological, social and legal consequences of alcohol use. It also provides information to help adults recognize when a young person is in need of assistance and steps that can be taken to get help.
Program Two:
The Legal Ramifications of Drug Abuse
This video aims to educate viewers about the legal and social ramifications which result from the use and abuse of drugs by teenagers and young adults. It is intended to stimulate discussion about the consequences of drug abuse with teenagers, especially those who are at a crossroads—to help them choose the better, often life-saving path. The companion guide provides adults who are neither specialists in the field of drug abuse nor lawyers with background information on the physiological, social and legal consequences connected with this problem. The guide also provides information to help adults recognize when a young person is in need of assistance and steps that can be taken to get help.
Program Three:
The Cycle of Violence
We learn about the consequences of violence from reports in newspapers and magazines and on TV and radio. We see violent acts in movies and television programs (including cartoons) and hear about it in lyrics to popular music and in video games. We experience violence in our communities. Many children and teenagers become victems of violent acts in places that have traditionally been safe havens— their homes and schools. With violence permeating every aspect of our lives, what can we do to turn the tide? The first step in any change process is heightened awareness of the problem.
Program Four:
Conflict Resolution
Violence is everywhere in today's society. The first step in stopping the cycle of violence is heightening awareness of the problem. The next step is learning and practicing alternative ways to resolve conflicts and and to keep disputes from escalating into violent acts. This LegalEASE program looks at the problem of violence in our society and presents some effective techniques for preventing violence.
Program Five:
Performance Drugs
The illegal use of performance-enhancing drugs is a topic which has not received the full attention it deserves. Sound research on the harmful physiological effects of these drugs undergirds the state and federal laws that have been enacted to ban their possession, use and distribution. However, except for the occasional news story about someone whose career has been ruined or whose life has been lost because of the misuse and abuse of drugs such as steroids, awareness of the problem has been relegated to an underground network of distributors and users who are spreading misinformation and myths about the benefits of using illegal performance-enhancing drugs.
Program Six:
Teen Parents: Who’s Legally Responsible?
There are many consequences for teens and their parents when an unmarried minor finds out she is pregnant. This program follows the true stories of several teens who found themselves in this situation and who learned‹the hard way in some cases‹about legal consequences they never imagined.

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