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Competency, Substituted Judgment and Forced Treatment of Persons with Mental Illness
Friday, January 31, 2014 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm EST
An interactive videoconference with
Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at USC Gould School of Law, Los Angeles
Co-Sponsored by: The Mental Health Litigation Unit of the Committee for Public Counsel Services, the Social Law Library, UMASS School of Law and the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee
Recipient of the 2009 MacArthur Foundation genius grant, Prof. Elyn R. Saks is a nationally renowned lawyer, law professor and doctor of psychoanalysis, who has lived with schizophrenia for the greater part of her life. She is the author of The Center Cannot Hold, an award-winning memoir about her struggles and successes with schizophrenia and acute psychosis. With part of her MacArthur grant, Prof. Saks launched the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics at USC Gould School of Law.
Dr. Saks is a national authority on law and mental illness. She currently teaches Mental Health Law at USC Gould School of Law, as well as a seminar at the Saks Institute, which focuses this year on mental health disorders in college and university students. She is the author of leading legal treatises, including Refusing Care: Forced Treatment and the Rights of the Mentally Ill and Jekyll on Trial: Multiple Personality Disorder and Criminal Law (with Stephen H. Behnke).
Lawyers and judges involved in the mental health, criminal and child/juvenile law court proceedings will benefit from Dr. Saks’ practical advice and personal insights. Her presentation will be followed by a one-hour Q&A session.