On Desolation Row

Michael Perlin, J.D., Professor of Law, New York Law School

Professor Perlin's keynote will focus on how sexual predator laws and some outpatient commitment laws blur the borderlines between the civil and criminal mental disability law systems, and adversely affect the rights of individuals with mental illness labels. Perlin, a dynamic speaker whose talks are peppered with relevant references to the work of Bob Dylan, is the author of The Hidden Prejudice: Mental Disability and the Law and The Jurisprudence of the Insanity Defense. He won the 1990 Walter Jeffords Writing Prize for his three-volume treatise, Mental Disability Law: Civil and Criminal (now available in a 5 volume second edition), and has litigated landmark cases including Rennie v. Klein. He is also currently offering an on-line, distance learning Mental Disability Law course.

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