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Texas Tech School of Law Hosting Mental Health Law Symposium

George Watson

November 15, 2016

Steve Leifman

The symposium will feature Judge Steve Leifman as the keynote speaker.

Judge Steve Leifman
Judge Steve Leifman

WHEN: 7:45 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday (Nov. 18)

WHERE: Lanier Auditorium, Texas Tech University School of Law, 1802 Hartford Ave.

EVENT: Featuring experts from around the U.S., the Mental Health Law Symposium will delve into the legal and policy issues that could address significant issues faced by the criminal justice system when dealing with offenders suffering from mental illness.

Judge Steve Leifman from Miami and the Miami-Dade County Court will serve as the keynote speaker. Leifman earned the 2015 William H. Rehnquist Award for Judicial Excellence from the National Center for State Courts for his work in helping people with mental illness who are in the criminal-justice system or at risk of falling into it.

Also scheduled to speak is State Representative Four Price, who as the chairman of the House Select Committee on Mental Illness was tasked with conducting a thorough review of the state's mental-health system. The final speaker will be Texas Tech School of Law Paul W. Horn Professor Brian Shannon, an expert on mental-health law who will speak on competency and ethics.

CONTACT: Sarah Salazar, director of communications, School of Law, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-5074 or sarah.e.salazar@ttu.edu

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