Forensic Reports, the Role of Experts and Forensic Ethics
This course will deal with both the reports that are prepared by forensic experts for use by lawyers (both pretrial and at trial), and with the ethical issues that are posed when such experts interact with the legal system. The focus will be on the full range of issues involving forensic experts and the mental disability law system: the rights of persons subject to institutionalization and who have been institutionalized, and the role of mental disability in the criminal trial process, in the civil trial process, in the criminal trial process, and in the family law process. Therapeutic jurisprudence implications will be also be explored, as will a consideration of the varying ethical codes that apply to the different mental health professions.
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.: This is an advanced course, and to enroll, the prerequisite is Survey of Mental Disability Law or Advocacy Skills in Cases Involving Persons with Mental Disability Law: the Roles of Lawyers and Expert Witnesses or permission of the Director or Senior Administrator of the Online Mental Disability Law Program.
M.A. and Certificate Pre/co-requisite: Survey of Mental Disability Law