September 23: Fighting Organized Crime in the 21st Century. A Courtroom Conversation.

Date: September 23, 2015
Time: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost: $25 with 10% discount for Museum Members



  • Russian and Asian computer hackers break into U.S. government systems
  • Mexican drug cartels grow more violent along our nation’s southern borders
  • Italian Mafia expansion draws papal condemnations
  • Asia, Africa, Europe – human trafficking reaches all corners of the globe

A panel of national and regional experts on global organized crime will share their informed perspectives from the front lines of this worldwide battle.

  • What rackets attract international organized crime?
  • Who’s winning this war?
  • What can we do to protect ourselves?
  • How does the global reach of organized crime affect Las Vegas today?

Geoff Schumacher, director of content at the Museum, will moderate the event.


Jay Albanese  

Jay Albanese

Jay S. Albanese is a professor and criminologist in the Wilder School of Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, and served as Chief of the International Center at the National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice.  He was the first Ph.D. graduate from Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice. Dr. Albanese has made invited presentations in 20 countries and written and edited 17 books. He is recipient of the Elske Smith Distinguished Lecturer Award and Outstanding Teacher Award from Virginia Commonwealth University, the Scholar Award in Criminal Justice from the Virginia Social Science Association, and the Gerhard Mueller Award for outstanding contributions to international criminal justice. He is a past president and fellow of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and is currently a member of the executive board of the American Society of Criminology. He is a founding member of Criminologists Without Borders.

Patrick "Rick" Brodsky  

Patrick "Rick" Brodsky

Patrick “Rick” Brodsky has over 25 years of multidisciplinary law enforcement experience. He currently serves as ASAC over Las Vegas Division’s Criminal and Support Services Branch.  He began his career as a Special Agent in 1995.  Following graduation from the FBI Academy, he was assigned to the Miami Division where he investigated traditional and emerging transnational organized crime threats, and also served as a member of the SWAT team.

In 2004, he was selected as Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) in the Transnational Organized Crime Section at FBI Headquarters in Washington D.C., where he was responsible for several partnering initiatives to enhance the FBI’s overseas footprint. In 2006, Brodsky returned to Miami, after being selected as the SSA over the Violent Crime Program.  In this capacity, he initiated the formation of a multi-agency task force to counter increasing levels of violence within the community.  Brodsky later transitioned to a position as SSA of Miami’s Transnational Organized Crime Program, where he served from 2010 to 2013.  While in this capacity, he facilitated the formation of a joint interagency task force which enhanced international partnerships to address global trends related to cyber threats. Temporary duty assignments in support of the FBI’s counterterrorism mission have included:  Nairobi, Kenya; Kabul, Afghanistan; and interim FBI Senior Advisor to U.S. Southern Command in Doral, Florida.

Prior to joining the FBI, Brodsky served as a police officer for the City of Charleston in South Carolina from 1990 to 1995.  He is a graduate of The Citadel Military College of South Carolina.

Tom Ott  

Tom Ott

Tom Ott has served as Senior Advisor to the Director of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), United States Department of the Treasury, since May 2014. FinCEN’s mission is to safeguard the financial system from illicit use and combat money laundering and promote national security through the collection, analysis, and dissemination of financial intelligence and strategic use of financial authorities.  Ott provides leadership on policy and enforcement matters addressing various transnational threats.

Prior to his current position, Ott was a prosecutor for over 25 years with the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Among other assignments, he served in the Department’s Organized Crime and Racketeering Section (OCRS) from 2001 to 2014; he was named Deputy Chief of OCRS in 2006; and was appointed Deputy Chief for International Organized Crime in the OCGS in 2011. Throughout his career, he has prosecuted and supervised prosecutions of numerous multi-defendant international cases charging RICO, financial fraud, cybercrime, money laundering, narcotics, extortion and public corruption. He worked with the Organized Crime Strike Forces nationwide to target Eurasian organized crime groups; including the indictment of a prominent leader, Semion Mogilevich, who is currently on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List.  Ott assisted in developing the Department’s Law Enforcement Strategy to Combat International Organized Crime (IOC); and served five years as the Chair of the IOC Targeting Committee, which is comprised of federal law enforcement executives from multiple agencies. He has frequently lectured on transnational organized crime to U.S. and foreign law enforcement officials and has had two articles published on the strategies used to combat international organized crime. He continues to participate in interagency meetings hosted by the National Security Council to discuss the evolving threats posed by transnational organized crime and responsive U.S. strategies.

Ott received his Juris Doctorate degree in 1988 from the University of Baltimore School of Law.  He has been the recipient of The Attorney General’s John Marshall Award for Trial of Litigation, the Assistant Attorney General’s Award for Reduction and Deterrence of Violent and Organized Crime, and several Special Achievement Awards.