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Debra Blum Mental Health Advocacy Training

  • 30 Apr 2020
  • 01 May 2020
  • Live Webinar
  • 0


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • Use this option if you need CLE and are paying by credit card.
  • Use this option if you are a member of the judiciary who would like to attend this webinar. You will need a registration code. If you do not have the code or have any questions, please contact us at 404-248-1777.
  • Use this option if you do not need CLE.

View the schedule HERE


This CLE will be a webinar.  The invitation to participate in this CLE will ONLY work during the time the CLE is airing.  To the extent possible with a remote broadcast, attendees will be able to ask questions of the presenters. 

There will be limited technical assistance during the CLE.  

Be sure that your email address is correct when you register for the CLE and check the email address GACDL has on file.  Check your email here.  Be sure to check your junk mail folder for an email from GACDL containing an invitation link to the Webinar.


The webinar is FREE while seats last (you must register) and paid for by the Foundation (GCDLEF) from donations from people like you.  If you want CLE, you must pay for it.  Choose the CLE option when you register.  You can pay for CLE online or by mailing a check to 215 Church Street, Suite 111, Decatur, GA 30030.  Checks must be received prior to 29 April. 


11 hours of CLE.  Attendees can only receive self-study credits.  See the State Bar of Georgia rules for more information on self-study credits.

Instructor and Program Information

The world’s leading expert on mental health advocacy, Professor Michael L. Perlin will be teaching this CLE.  Dr. Perlin will be accompanied by Sabrina Rhinehart, the Director of the Office of the Mental Health Advocate for the Georgia Public Defenders Council, who will be providing Georgia expertise.  This CLE will be directed by Bob Rubin, an attorney with Peters Rubin Sheffield & Hodges.  

It is unquestionable that criminal defense lawyers must understand all aspects of the relationship between criminal law and mental disability.  However, it is not simply a matter of recognizing a potential insanity defense.  The reality is that mental health issues permeate the practice of criminal defense law, and it is essential that lawyers in this field understand the depths of these connections and their impact on daily representation.

In this two-day CLE, Professor Emeritus Michael Perlin – formerly the head public defender in Trenton NJ and the NJ state mental health advocate, and author of the leading treatise in this area of law and policy – will take participants through all that they need to know about this relationship – whether it involves criminal incompetencies (a category going far beyond capacity to stand trial), criminal responsibility, disposition of cases involving those found permanently incompetent or insane, the institutional treatment of forensic populations, or the death penalty.  Beyond this, the CLE will consider other topics that must be understood if counsel is to do a truly effective job, including how jurors’ false “ordinary common sense” distorts verdicts, and the value of therapeutic jurisprudence as a tool for criminal defense lawyers.  The CLE will enable criminal defense lawyers to educate judges and prosecutors on topics often misunderstood, thus broadening the defense lawyer’s ability to provide effective and meaningful representation.

Meet the speakers and the program director: Michael Perlin, Sabrina Rhinehart, and Bob Rubin


11 hours of CLE.  CLE will only be reported to the bar if you have paid the CLE rate for registration and checked in for the Webinar.

A link to the webinar and materials from Dropbox will be emailed to participants prior to the seminar.  PLEASE check your spam/junk folder as well as your inbox for the email.

Questions? Call 404-248-1777

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