TEXAS TECH LAW PROFESSORS TO DONATE TIME, EFFORT FOR BOOK

The Texas Bar Foundation has provided three previous grants for three earlier editions of a detailed guide concerning Texas criminal procedure and offenders with mental illness. Two Texas Tech law professors donated their time to research, write and produce all three earlier editions of the book, and will soon begin working on the fourth version.

TEXAS TECH LAW PROFESSORS TO DONATE TIME, EFFORT FOR BOOK
NAMI Texas Awarded Grant from Texas Bar Foundation

The National Alliance on Mental Illness-Texas (NAMI) has been awarded a grant from the Texas Bar Foundation for the development, production and distribution of the fourth edition of the book, "Texas Criminal Procedure and the Offender with Mental Illness: An Analysis and Guide."

Texas Tech University School of Law professors Brian Shannon and Daniel Benson have agreed to draft the fourth edition on a pro bono basis.

Beginning in 1993, the Texas Bar Foundation has provided three previous grants to NAMI Texas for three earlier editions of this detailed guide concerning Texas criminal procedure and offenders with mental illness. The Texas Tech law professors donated their time to research, write and produce all three earlier editions of the book as well.

"We are delighted that the Texas Bar Foundation has agreed to fund this education project once more. It has been great to collaborate over the years with NAMI Texas," said Shannon, a recognized expert on mental health law. "We’re also very proud that the books have been widely used by judges and attorneys in numerous cases across the state."

As with previous editions, NAMI Texas will use grant funds to distribute free copies of the book to district and county court judges, criminal district attorneys, county attorneys, criminal defense attorneys, mental health consumer groups, family members of persons with mental illness, Texas libraries, and many others. A free version of the new edition will also be placed on the Web. The 3rd edition may continue to be viewed in a PDF format at www.namitexas.org/resources/reading.html. NAMI Texas has also conducted training seminars regarding the statutes and procedures described in the book.

The publication and distribution of these books regarding Texas criminal law and the mentally ill offender have been intended to promote the ends of justice by being an important educational tool. Many members of the practicing bench and bar, as well as the public in general, are often not well informed concerning the issues facing persons suffering from mental illness – particularly when those persons are also caught up in the criminal justice system.

Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $9 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably-funded bar foundation.

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CONTACTS: Brian Shannon, Charles B. Thornton Professor of Law, Texas Tech School of Law, (806) 742-3990 ext. 259, or brian.shannon@ttu.edu
Robin Peyson, executive director, NAMI Texas, (512) 693-2000 or 800-633-3760, robinpeyson@namitexas.org