Mental Health and the Law

Justice, Ethics, and Interdisciplinary Teaching and Practice:  Mental Health and The Law
March 18-19, 2004

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Washington University will host a second conference on Justice, Ethics, and Interdisciplinary Teaching and Practice on March 18-19, 2004.  This conference is co-sponsored by the School of Law Clinical Education Program, the Journal of Law and Policy, and the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies; the School of Medicine; the School of Social Work; and the Psychology Department, and will focus on the many intersections of "Mental Health and the Law." Jim Ellis from the University of New Mexico School of Law will present the keynote address.  Last year, Jim successfully argued Atkins v. Virginia, in which the U.S. Supreme Court held that executing individuals with mental retardation violates the Eighth Amendment prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment, and was named the National Law Journal 2002 "Lawyer of the Year."   

Like the first conference, this conference is designed for those who are involved in and those who are considering the development of interdisciplinary ventures, and builds on the work of the AALS Section on Clinical Education Committee on Interdisciplinary Clinical Education and Committee on Ethics and Professionalism. This conference will combine with the Law School’s fourth annual Access to Equal Justice Colloquium that seeks to develop university/community collaborations to improve access to justice in the region. Faculty and practitioners from law, education, medicine, philosophy, psychology, and social work are invited to attend. Suggestions welcome. This conference qualifies for 8.0 hours of CLE credit, including 1.0 hours of Ethics credit.  For more information, contact Karen Tokarz at