Mental Health Project

Clemency for Combat Veterans--A New Advocacy Effort at the Law School

Seminar Room D
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Mark J. Heyrman

The Law School's Mental Health Advocacy Project is beginning a new advocacy effort this Fall.  Students will represent six combat veterans who have been convicted of one or more homicides while deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan.  All of these men were, at the time of their crimes sufferingg from post-traumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injuries.

Mental Health Advocacy Clinic Victories

February 5, 2015

The Mental Health Advocacy Clinic obtained favorable rulings recently in two of its cases.  Read on for the Clinic's account of these two victories.

Life Working at the Mental Health Advocacy Clinic

February 21, 2014

Mental Health Advocacy Clinic student Shoshana O'Brien '14 offers this description of her work in the clinic.

Mark J. Heyrman

Skills, Experience, and other Reflections on Student Involvement in the Clinics

Kimberly Rhoten ‘13
November 22, 2013

Real world experience: a phrase we all too often use but rarely invest in. As young lawyers, fresh out of law school, many of us know the “law” solely through our theoretical pedagogical class discussions regarding person-less plaintiffs and imaginary defendants.

Mental Health Advocacy Clinic -- Significant Accomplishments

November 11, 2013

In July, the Mental Health Advocacy Clinic successfully resolved its four-year old class action against the Illinois Department of Human Services on behalf of more than 100 residents at Elgin Mental Health Center.

Plan, Do, Reflect: Clinical Teaching at the Law School

Meredith Heagney

Clinical teaching takes place in the classroom, in court, in business meetings, on the
streets of Chicago, and sometimes even in the US Supreme Court.

For a full week last fall, Professor Alison Siegler and Jason Feld, ’13, spent between 12 and 15 hours a day in the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic, writing an amicus brief for Alleyne v. United States, a US Supreme Court case on mandatory minimum sentences.

Kane Center Clinics Hiring for Summer 2013

2013 Summer Jobs in the Kane Center Clinics
Law School Office of Communications
January 8, 2013

In summer 2013 the clinical law program plans to hire a number of law students to work in the various clinics in the Kane Center.  Positions will be open for the following clinics:

Jeff Leslie

Chicago Tribune Interviews Heyrman on Impact of ACA and Local Cuts on Mental Health Care

Mental health care offers easy target for budget ax
Bonnie Miller Rubin
Chicago Tribune
July 18, 2012

Health care has dominated the headlines recently at the federal, state and local levels:

The Supreme Court upholds the Affordable Care Act. Six of 12 Chicago-run community mental health clinics are shut, as is the state-run Tinley Park Mental Health Center.

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Mark J. Heyrman
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