James Gottstein, J.D.
Jim Gottstein grew up in Anchorage, Alaska, and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1978. In addition to 25 years of private practice, Jim has been an attorney advocate for people diagnosed with serious mental illness for over 20 years. He is a member of Alaska's statewide Mental Health Board. He served as plaintiffs' counsel on behalf of people labeled mentally ill in Alaska in the billion dollar litigation over the state's Alaska's misappropriation of a one million acre trust granted for Alaska's mental health program.(Weiss v. State, 939 P 2d 380 (Alaska 1997).
Jim co-founded Mental Health Consumers of Alaska in 1986, serving on its board of directors for almost ten years. Currently, he spends most of his time on the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights on a volunteer basis. The Law Project for Psychiatric Rights' mission is to organize a serious, coordinated legal effort against forced psychiatric medication.