Criminal Justice at Work: Prison Populations on the Increase

Largest American Prisons   America’s jails have a long and storied history, going back to the days when prisoners were hung in   the gallows for their crimes. Johnny Cash sang about being “stuck in Folsom Prison,” and Hollywood   immortalized a maximum-security jailbreak in “Escape from Alcatraz.” Today’s reality […] Read more »

Turning Law Students Into Lawyers

A ccording to the recently published Report from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, “Educating Lawyers—Preparation for the Profession of Law,” it is time for significant reform in legal education.  This report reinforced what many in the legal academy believe about the traditional curriculum in American law schools:  […] Read more »

Reconsider the ways in which you treat clients with mental disabilities

Before becoming a professor, I spent 13 years as a practitioner, mostly representing criminal defendants with mental disabilities and persons subjected to involuntary civil commitment or committed to psychiatric hospitals. I have taught mental disability law for 24 years, and in the past 17 of those years, my research and […] Read more »