Advocacy Skills in Cases Involving Persons with Mental Disabilities: The Role of Lawyers and Expert Witnesses
The goal of this course is to teach students the special and essential skills invaluable to lawyers and expert witnesses when representing or working on behalf of persons with mental disabilities in a legal setting. The course will cover topics including civil commitment standards; outpatient commitment; issues of proof; dealing with expert witnesses; rights to community services; forensic issues; patient advocacy issues; and dealing with stigma/public awareness. This course includes two recorded simulated trials, one of an involuntary civil commitment case, and one of an incompetency to stand trial hearing.
This is a predominately online course, requiring students to participate in a weekly chat room, a discussion board, and two day-long weekend live seminars at New York Law School. The grade is based on chat room, discussion board, and live seminar participation; a take-home midterm exam; and a take-home final exam.
J.D. Pre-requisite: Survey of Mental Disability Law or an advanced degree, training, or professional experience in any aspect of psychology, psychiatry, social work, or other allied therapeutic field. In certain very limited other circumstances, J.D. students without the pre-requisite or background will be allowed to enroll by permission of the Online Mental Disability Law Program Director or Senior Administrator.
M.A. and Certificate pre/co-requisite: Survey of Mental Disability Law