This offering examines issues that arise in criminal cases involving persons with mental disability. Topic areas include: mental non-responsibility, criminal competencies, dispositional issues, and expert witness consultation. Course materials include not only cases and legal commentary, but also selections from the literature in psychiatry, psychology, and forensic mental health. Some class sessions will center on readings in the course materials. Others will feature live case presentations and will be held at the UMB medical school, at Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center, or at another Baltimore area facility, for the evaluation and treatment of persons with mental illness or developmental disability. Course requirements include (1) preparing a research paper on some pre-approved topic in mental disability and criminal law and (2) either participating in a case evaluation (assisting in an interview of the defendant, assembling secondary source information, and writing a brief on some issue in the case) or serving as an attorney in a mock trial of the sanity phase of a criminal case. Attention will also be paid to related issues in civil commitment. This seminar paper may be used to satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement. Students may take both this offering and Mental Disability Law Seminar and/or Course.
Current & Previous Instructors:
W. Lawrence Fitch;
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