Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Upcoming Event in New York

Here's a great opportunity for folks in New York City to learn more about the issues surrounding mental illness and the death penalty and to hear from an outstanding panel of experts:

"Mental Illness & the Death Penalty"
Sponsored by the New York City Bar Association
42 West 44th Street, New York, NY
Thursday, May 29, 2008, 6:30 P.M.

Mental Illness & the Death Penalty:

This program will look at many of the complicated issues involved with mental illness and the imposition of the death penalty in a civilized society. When, if at all, can the severely mentally ill form the requisite intent required for capital murder? What should be done when a severely mentally ill person lacks the competency to aid in his/her own defense, to waive appeals, to "volunteer" to be executed? The program will also look at issues concerning how mental illness may be raised during trial. And finally, it will address policies on mental illness which have been adopted by the American Bar Association, and by the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychiatric Association (among others).

- Dr. Xavier Amador, Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology--Teacher's College, Columbia University
- Richard Burr, Burr & Welch
- Ronald Honberg, National Director for Policy and Legal Affairs, National Alliance on Mental Illness
- David Kacynski, Executive Director, New Yorkers Against the Death Penalty

Moderator: Ronald Tabak, Esq., Special Counsel ---- Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Program sponsored by the New York City Bar Association's Committee on Capital Punishment.
Stephen Greenwald, Esq, Chair

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