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CLE to address mental health law and violence

The Hamline Law Public Interest Law Community is pleased to further the national conversation on gun violence and the law with the program, "Violence and the Future of Mental Health Law," on March 12.

The Sandy Hook tragedy has raised questions about whether America’s mental health system is adequate to respond to mentally ill persons, including those who may be violent. This program will discuss the law of mental disability, funding, medical and institutional options, the role of lawyers in issues facing military veterans who return home with mental health problems, and the intersection between mental illness and violence.

Speakers Barbara Lindberg, lead nurse planner for Optumhealth Education and adjunct professor teaching Mental Health Law at Hamline Law; Judge Jay Quam, Presiding Judge, Probate/Mental Health Court in Hennepin County; and David A. Larson, Hamline Law professor, will address these issues in a panel discussion.

The program will begin at 11:30 a.m. in Room 105 of the School of Law. It is co-sponsored by the Hamline Law Alumni Board, the Health Law Institute, and the Children's Rights Association. This program is free and open to the public, and it has been approved for 1.0 standard CLE credits.

Lindberg is an attorney and registered nurse, as well as an adjunct professor of law, teaching Mental Health Law in the Health Law Institute at Hamline Law. She has her BSN and earned her JD from William Mitchell College of Law. Before she came to Optumhealth, she worked as a health care contracts attorney in the Medicaid Managed Care Unit of the Minnesota Department of Human Services, and as a transplant management consultant for United Healthgroup.

A graduate of Moorhead State University and the University of Minnesota Law School, Judge Quam served as a shareholder at Fredrikson and Byron, a conciliation court judge, and an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. He has been active with many Hennepin County and Minnesota State Bar Association Committees and with Minnesota Justice Foundation, receiving the HCBA Judicial Professionalism Award in 2010.

Larson is a senior fellow at Hamline's Dispute Resolution Institute and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He teaches and writes on alternative dispute resolution, torts, mental health, and employment law. He served as "professor-in-residence" at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission headquarters in Washington, D.C., where he worked on regulations and interpretive guidance for the Americans with Disabilities Act. He earned his JD from the University of Illinois College of Law and his LLM from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

General inquiries should be directed to Professor Marie Failinger at mfailinger@hamline.edu. To register for CLE credit, please contact Jane Prince at jprince01@hamline.edu.