Ted Hogan asked me to remind everyone about the MH/MR seminar to be held at 1:00 p.m. on December 14th at the Law School. CLE credit has already been approved. Professor Brian Shannon has agreed to teach the course along with Mary Gerlach and Dr. Robert Morgan of Lubbock Regional MHMR. Here’s the agenda:

Texas Criminal Procedure & Offenders with Mental Impairments: A Refresher

When: December 14, 2007 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Where: Texas Tech University School of Law, Room 201 (or larger room depending on enrollment)
Hosted by: TTU School of Law
MCLE Hours: 3.75 hours
Registration Fee: Free
Trainers: Prof. Brian Shannon, TTU Law
Mary Gerlach, Lubbock Regional MHMR
Dr. Robert Morgan, TTU Dept. of Psychology

1:00 – 2:00 Diversion of Offenders Legislation & Practical Implementation
2:00 – 3:00 Criminal Competency Provisions: Chapter 46B
3:00 – 3:15 Break
3:15 – 4:00 Competency Restoration in the Community
4:00 – 4:30 Procedural Steps if Competency Restoration is Unsuccessful
4:30 – 5:00 Insanity Provisions – a Primer on Chapter 46C

The purpose of the seminar is to help educate the bar on how to better serve clients with mental impairments. The Board of Judges has recently authorized the amendment of the Local Rules to include an appointment wheel of attorneys who have agreed to serve accused citizens with special needs. This class is the first step in the implementation of that process.

The idea here is to develop a pool of defense attorneys to help those clients who need a little extra attention in these areas. We already have about a dozen people who are committed to the seminar, but we can certainly use all of the help we can get. If you are interested, you should call Ted Hogan at 765-0447 so that he can get you on the list of attendees.

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