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Mental Health Law Symposium

2016 Mental Health Law Symposium

Presented by Texas Tech Law Review and Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal


The Texas Tech Law Review and Texas Tech Administrative Law Journal proudly sponsored the 2016 Mental Health Law Symposium on November 18, 2016, in Lubbock, Texas, at the School of Law.

The program will address practical legal and policy issues that can contribute to improvements in our public mental health system and help address the significant challenges faced by our criminal justice system with regard to offenders with mental illness. The program includes a keynote address by Judge Steven Leifman from Miami, who was bestowed the 2015 William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence by the National Center for State Courts for his “groundbreaking work helping people with mental illnesses who are either in the criminal justice system or at-risk of incarceration.” See Rehnquist Award. Another featured speaker is State Representative Four Price, who is Chair of the Texas House Select Committee on Mental Health, which was given the charge of conducting a comprehensive review of the state’s mental health system.

Additional program highlights include presentations by noted criminal defense attorney George Parnham, who represented Andrea Yates in her insanity defense trials; Brian Stettin from the Treatment Advocacy Center in Washington, D.C.; Ron Honberg, the Senior Policy Advisor for Advocacy & Public Policy for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness; Senior Officer Frank Webb from the Houston Police Department, a nationally recognized leader who was integral to implementing HPD’s very successful mental health crisis intervention response teams and other initiatives; Danette Castle, Chief Executive Officer of the Texas Council of Community Centers; Judge Brent Carr from Tarrant County, who has successfully implemented in his criminal court a mental health diversion program, a veterans diversion program, and RISE, a high-risk women’s intervention program;  Amanda Peters, the Harry & Helen Hutchens Research Professor of Law at the South Texas College of Law, who is a former felony prosecutor and an expert on Texas criminal procedure and mental health law; and Texas Tech Law School’s own Paul W. Horn Professor Brian Shannon, an expert on mental health law who has authored or co-authored five editions of the guide book, Texas Criminal Procedure & the Offender with Mental Illness. See  2016 Fifth Edition Shannon book.

The full program for the 2016 Mental Health Law Symposium can be found here.

A portion of the materials presented at the Symposium may be accessed here.

Please contact our Symposium Editor, Frances Tubb, with any questions.