This program is designed to educate lawyers and judges about how to identify mental illness in the courtroom, what steps to take to ensure orderly proceedings without trampling rights and what resources are available.
Some of the topics to be addressed include:
- how to identify mental illness that interferes with a litigant’s rights and when it is time for the court or attorney to intervene
- how the Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) program works in Housing Court; what steps can be taken in other courts for appointment of a GALs; and the issues with such appointments
- an overview of Mental Health Act Article 9, involuntary commitment, and Article 81 guardianships; who can initiate such actions and what is the process
- the attorney’s ethical duty when a client or potential client’s mental illness interferes with the relationship; when to inform the court; ? Is there an obligation to take other steps?
- the ethical obligations of lawyers and judges
Program Co-sponsor: NYCLA’s Judicial Section
Program Chairs: Andrea Masley, NYS Sup. Ct., NY County and Hon. Matthew Cooper, NYS Sup. Ct., NY County
Moderator: Hon. Matthew Cooper, NYS Sup. Ct., NY County, Matrimonial Part
Faculty: Denise Colon Greenaway, Esq., MSW, Special Counsel for Ct. Based Interdisciplinary Prpgrams, Office For Justice Initiatives, Access to Justice Program; Lauren B. Hyman, Esq., Mental Hygiene Legal Service, App.1st Dept.; Deborah Scalise, Scalise & Hamilton, LLP; Dr. Mark Wallace, M.D., Psychiatrist, Office of Health and Mental Health Services, 1992 – 2016