Symposia

Please enjoy listening to our 2014 spring symposium here: http://orgs.law.wayne.edu/download/140321_085809_MZ001.zip

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The Journal of Law in Society, the scholarly arm of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University Law School, invites you to join us at our annual spring symposium, "Forgotten from the Start: The Law’s Failing of the Urban Mentally Ill," taking place on March 21, 2014 at Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium at Wayne State University Law School.

 

The symposium will examine the isolation and stigmatization of mental illness within current societal structures to shed light

on the larger narrative about how cultural norms, institutions, and administrative structures fail to adequately address the

needs of this community.

 

This event is free and welcome to the public. Parking is available for $6.50 (credit or debit cards only) in Structure 1 across from the Law School on West Palmer Street.

 

2014 Spring Symposium Schedule: "Forgotten from the Start: The Law's Failing of the Urban Mentally Ill"

8:00 - 8:30 A.M.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:40 A.M. 
Welcome/Framing the Issue
Professor Peter J. Hammer, Director, Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights 

9 A.M.
Morning Keynote 
Professor Bagenstos, Law Professor, University of Michigan 

10:00 A.M.
Panel 1: Disparities in Mental Health Aid in the Detroit School System
Moderator: David Moss, Director of Clinical Education; Assistant (Clinical) Professor, Wayne Law 
• Rebekah Warren, Michigan State Senator
• Tom Watkins, Executive Director, Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Authority
• Mark McWilliams, Director, Information, Referral, and Education Services
Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS)

11:00 A.M.

Panel 2: Gun control, Background checks, and Public Safety

Moderator: Lance Gable, Interim Associate Dean; Associate Professor of Law, Wayne Law

• Rochelle Riley, Columnist, Detroit Free Press
• April Zeoli, Assistant Professor, School of Criminal Justice, Michigan State University
• Jeffrey Brown, Executive Director, Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority

12:00 - 12:50 P.M.

Lunch

1:00 P.M.
Afternoon Keynote

Patricia Erickson, PhD, Director & Professor of Criminal Justice, Canisius University

2:00 P.M. 

Networking and Coffee Break

2:30-3:30 P.M.

Panel 3: Mental Illness, the Criminal Justice System, and Laws About Diminished Capacity
Moderator: Adele Morrison, Associate Professor of Law, Wayne Law
• Mark Munetz, Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation Endowed Chair in Psychiatry, Northeast Ohio Medical University
• William Heaphy, Deputy Chief, Diversion, Wayne County Prosecutor's Office
• Natalie Holbrook, Program Director, American Friends Service Committee, Michigan Criminal Justice Program

3:30-4:00 P.M. 

Breakout Session

4:00 P.M.
Closing: Eric Shovein, Symposium Director, Journal of Law in Society

4:15 P.M. 

Reception

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Wayne Law to host symposium on mental illness on March 21, 2014 

February 24, 2014

DETROIT— The Journal of Law in Society, the scholarly arm of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University Law School, will present its 2014 symposium, "Forgotten from the Start: The Law’s Failing of the Urban Mentally Ill," on Friday, March 21 at Wayne Law's Spencer M. Partrich Auditorium. The symposium will examine the isolation and stigmatization of mental illness within current societal structures to shed light on a larger narrative about how cultural norms, institutions, and administrative structures fail to adequately address the needs of the mentally ill community.

 

“This year’s symposium will explore an important issue which touches most of us in one way or another, yet is often overlooked by our society,” says The Journal of Law in Society’s Editor-in-Chief, Ardiola Sinaj.  “We hope that the symposium will serve as a forum to discuss the ways in which we can learn from institutional failures and better address the needs of people who are mentally ill.” 

 

Law professor Samuel Bagenstos of University of Michigan Law School will deliver the morning keynote address. Dr. Patricia Erickson, co-author of Crime, Punishment and Mental Illness: Law and the Behavioral Sciences in Conflict, will deliver the afternoon keynote address. Three panels of local experts will focus on different aspects of the treatment of mental illness in our society. 

 

“We are ecstatic to put together a symposium that focuses on an issue as pervasive as mental illness,” says Symposium Director Eric Shovein.  “We believe that not enough conversations are taking place to alleviate the stigma of people deemed ‘mentally ill’ in our community. There is a need for both local and national discourse with the aim towards making our society better equipped to serve such a widespread demographic.  We believe hosting this symposium is an important step in achieving that goal.”

 

The first panel will discuss disparities in mental health aid in the Detroit school system.  Michigan State Senator Rebekah Warrant, Tom Watkins, Director of the Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Authority, and Mark McWilliams, Director of Information, Referral, and Education Services of Michigan Protection and Advocacy Service, Inc. (MPAS) will all shed light on issues surrounding the treatment of mental health in our education system.

 

The second panel addresses gun control, background checks, and public safety. Columnist Rochelle Riley of the Detroit Free Press, Professor April Zeoli of the Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice, and Jeff Brown, Director of the Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority will analyze how the media’s inclusion of mental illness in the public safety context further contributes to its stigmatization in society.

 

The third panel will examine mental illness, the criminal justice system, and laws about diminished capacity.  Mark Munetz, the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation Endowed Chair in Psychiatry at Northeast Ohio Medical University, William Healphy, the Deputy Chief of Diversion at the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, and Natalie Holbrook, Program Director of the American Friends Service Committee’s Criminal Justice Program will examine the disproportionate number of people with mental illness who are placed in the prison system instead of receiving the mental health aid they deserve.

 

The symposium will take place from 8:00 A.M.-4:15 P.M. and is free and open to the public. Parking is available for $6.50 (credit or debit cards only – no cash) in Structure 1 across from the Law School on West Palmer Street. For more details about the symposium, email Eric Shovein at shoveine@gmail.com.