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Debra Blum Mental Health Advocacy Training

  • 22 Aug 2014
  • 23 Aug 2014
  • The Carter Center Atlanta, GA


  • Registration by GACDL only

This training is by application and acceptance only. All member attendees have been chosen. There is no cost for this training; however, any NO SHOWS will be billed $350. Dates are August 22 & 23, 2014. Location is the Carter Center in Atlanta, GA. The Carter Center is a NO smoking facility. This includes their grounds. Parking is free while it lasts and a free boxed lunch is included on both days. CLE is $55 (optional). 11 hours, all trial practice. Please make checks out to "State Bar of Georgia." CLE cannot be requested after the event. If you have any questions, please call GACDL at 404-248-1777. The office will be closed for vacation July 11-27, 2014.


GACDL's Debra Blum Mental Health Advocacy Training with Michael Perlin


8:30 AM Welcome

8:45 Introduction

9:00 The basic concepts: sanism, pretextuality, heuristic reasoning, “ordinary common sense’, therapeutic jurisprudence, international human rights law

10-10:15 Break

10:15-11 Adequacy of counsel

11-12  Incompetency to stand trial: substantive and procedural standards

Noon-1 Lunch (provided by GACDL) 

1-2 Incompetency to plead guilty; incompetency to stand trial

2-2:15 Break

2:15-3 Other criminal incompetencies

3-4:30 The right to refuse treatment and forensic populations: prisoners, defendants pleading the insanity defense, defendants currently incompetent to stand trial

4:30 Adjourn 


8:30- 10: The insanity defense: substantive and procedural standards; myths and realities

10-10:15 Break

10:15-12: Sexually violent predator acts

Noon-1 Lunch (provided by GACDL) 

1-2: Federal sentencing guidelines

2-2:15 Break

2:15-4:30 The death penalty: future dangerousness, mitigation, competency to be executed, medication issues, neuroimaging, the roles of juries, prosecutors and judges

4:30 Adjourn

CLE costs are separate and not included in the program. 

Questions? Call GACDL

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