National Association for Rights Protection
In Re. Jane Doe
A Forced Medication Hearing
Susan Stefan, Esq.
Dr. Joel Dvoskin
Mark Joyce, Esq.
This workshop will present a forced medication hearing based on
transcripts of actual forced medication hearings. A transcript
will be provided for attendees to follow along in the
proceedings. The hearing will use a fact pattern which combines
the fact patterns from actual hearings. While the hearing will
reflect the perfunctory nature of how many forced medication
hearings are conducted in practice, at key points the
proceedings will be stopped and potential lines of questioning
and strategy will be discussed to suggest how attorneys could
provide more effective legal advocacy. Some areas that will be
covered include strategies that will address both the issues of
capacity and proposed involuntary medications when
cross-examining medical experts.