Faculty: Professors Don Stone and Linda Penn
Students represent patients in involuntary civil commitment hearings at the Sheppard Pratt psychiatric hospital. Students engage in client interview and counseling sessions, review medical records, and engage in case preparation and development by interviewing a psychiatrist and, often, family members. Representation culminates with an administrative hearing. Professional responsibility issues come alive in the ongoing representation of a mentally ill client seeking release from involuntary hospital confinement.
Students enrolled in the Disability Law Clinic, offered for three credits during spring semester only, are required to concurrently enroll in the Law and Disabilities Seminar. The Disability Law Clinic professor selects each student based on an information/interview meeting, resume review, and review of written materials submitted. Selection criteria include background and experience in mental health, nursing and psychology; demonstrated evidence of community service and poverty work; related coursework; and date of graduation.