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Mark J. Heyrman : Additional Activities

Admitted to the Bars of the United States Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of Illinois, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Member of the Illinois State Bar Association.
Chairperson of the Standing Committee on the Mentally Disabled, 1998-99, 2012-13

Member of the Illinois State Bar Association.
Chairperson of the Standing Committee on the Mentally Disabled, 1998-99.
Member of the Chicago Bar Association.
Member of Mental Health Committee.
Member of the Clinical Legal Education Association. Founding Member of the Board of Directors and Secretary-Treasurer, 1992 to 2000.
Member of the Board of Directors of Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association), 2004 to 2010.
Member of the Public Policy Committee, 2004 to present. Chairperson, 2007 to 2010.
Member of the Board of Directors of the Mental Health America of Illinois, 1996 to present. President of the Board, 1998-2000.
Chairperson of the Public Policy Committee, 1996 to present.
Member of the Illinois Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council, 1997 to present. Co-chairperson, 2006-2009.
Founding member of the Mental Health Summit Summit facilitator, 2000 to present.
Member of the President 's Cabinet , Adler School of Professional Psychology, 2005-2006.
Member of the Mental Health Service System Planning Council of Greater Chicago, 1999 to 2003. Member of the Steering Committee.
Member of the Chicago Consort ium for St igma Research, 1999 to 2004.
Member of Illinois Senate Mental Health Evaluat ion and Treatment Task Force, 1999 to 2002.
Chairperson of the Illinois Guardianship Reform Project Task Force, 1999-2000.
Member of the Joint Working Group on Mental Health Legislation in Illinois, 1995 to 2003. Facilitator and principle reporter.
Member of the Governor's Task Force to Review the Treatment of Mentally Ill Parents in the Juvenile Justice System, 1998 to 2000.
Member of the Board of Directors of the Cook County Lega l Assistance Foundation, 1983-84.
Member of the Board of Directors of Howard Area Community Center, 1982 to 1993. President , 1984-86.
Member of the Board of Directors of Howard/Paulina Development Corporat ion, 1988 to 1994.


Mike Flannery Community Service Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illinois of Greater Chicago (2011)

"Heroes in The Fight" Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness--Illinois (2008)

Award for Mental Health Advocacy and Leadership from the Mental Health Association in Illinois (2006)

Selected as one of "Illinois Super Lawyers" by Law and Politics and Chicago Magazine (2005, 2006, 2007)

Pro Bono award from Equip for Equality, Inc., for work done on behalf of persons with mental disabilities (2003)

First Annual Award for "Outstanding Advocacy" from the Clinical Legal Education Association (2002)

"Special Recognition Award" for work to preserve community mental health funding from the Community Mental Health Council, Inc (2002)

Gold Bell Awaard as "Mental Health Person of the Year" from the Mental Health Association in Illinois (2001)

Significant litigation

In Re Robert S., 2004 Ill. LEXIS 1669 (2004) (Unfit criminal defendants entitled to procedural protections afforded other persons with mental illnesses prior to involuntary administration of medication.)

Baker v. Adams, 02 CH 15962 (Cir. Ct. Cook Cty, Ill., 2004) (Persons confined in state mental hospitals entitled to access to the internet.)

Williams v. Staples, 208 Ill. 2d 480 (2004) (Persons acquitted by reason of insanity cannot be subjected to conditional release past date of maximum possible sentence.)

C.J. v. DMHDD, 296 Ill. App. 3d 17 (1st Dist. 1998); 331 Ill. App. 3d 871 (1st Dist. 2002) (Persons confined following acquittal by reason of insanity entitled to the exercise of professional judgment whenever their liberty is substantially restricted.)

Cross v. Staples, 1-99-3174 (1st Dist. 2001) (Class action injunctive relief prohibiting a state from transferring persons to more restrictive setting without a hearing.)

Lucas v. Peters, 318 Ill. App. 3d (1st Dist. 2000) (Patients confined following acquittal by reason of insanity entitled to the exercise of individual professional judgement in determining placement.)

Brown v. Murphy, 278 Ill. App. 3d 981 (1st Dist. 1996) (Injunctive relief awarded to a class of persons confined in state mental hospital requiring hospital to obtain informed consent from class members as pre-condition to acting as representative payee for social security benefits and paying benefits to itself).

Henderson v. McDonald,No. 94 C 55 (N.D. Ill. June 12, 1996) (Injunctive relief awarded to a class of persons confined in state mental hospitals requiring hospital staff to assist patients in filing petitions for release).

Love v. Chicago,96 C 0396 (N.D. Ill. (1999)(Settlement provides compensation to class of homeless persons living on public property for personal belongings taken by city employees and agreement by city to limit future seizures of personal property).

Estate of Merritt,272 Ill. App. 3d 1017 (1st Dist. 1995) (Supremacy Clause prohibits state mental hospital from seizing patient's social security disability benefits).

Turner v. Campagna,281 Ill. App. 3d 109- (1st Dist. (1996) (Failure to hold timely commitment hearing for person acquitted by reason of insanity entitles defendant to release).

Radazewski v. Cawley,159 Ill. 2d 372 (1994) (Mandamus directing state trial courts to afford mental patients timely release hearings upon receipt of pro se petition).

Chambers v. Illinois Fair Employment Practices Commission,96 Ill. App. 3d 884 (1st Dist. 1981) (First reported Illinois case enforcing state statute prohibiting employment discrimination against the mentally handicapped).

Kulak v. Belletire, 148 Ill. App. 3d 268 (1st Dist. 1986) (Lengthy confinement of unfit criminal defendant violates Due Process Clause of 14th Amendment).

People v. Roush, 101 Ill. 2d 355 (1984) (Transfer of over 75 insanity acquittees to maximum security setting without a hearing unlawful).

Yiadom v. Kiley, 204 Ill. App. 3d 418 (1st Dist. 1990) (Unfit criminal defendant entitled to periodic hearings to determine continued need for confinement in mental hospital).

Goode v. Pavkovic, No. 81 C 2491 (N.D. Ill. April 26, 1984) (Consent decree enforcing right of hearing-impaired, mentally-handicapped client to appropriate services from state agencies).

Significant legislation

Public Act 94-0498 requires that money saved through the complete or partial closure of a state mental hospital be kept in the mental health system.

Public Act 94-0521 permits patients facing involuntary inpatient commitment to enter into an agreed order for outpatient commitment.

Public Act 94-0906 extends Mental Health Insurance Parity Law to health maintenance organizations (HMO's).

Public Act 94-1066 requires documentation of use of psychotropic medication in state facilities.

Public Act 92-0185.Prohibits health insurance companies from providing less coverage for the treatment of mental illness than is provided for other illnesses. 215 ILCS 5/370c

Public Act 87-124.Created standards and procedures under which courts may order psychotropic medication for persons who lack the capacity to consent. 405 ILCS 5/2-107.1

Public Act 90-538.Requires the Department of Human Services to collect and publish data and on the use of electro convulsive therapy in Illinois. 405 ILCS 5/2-110.1.

Public Act 91-536.Strengthens requirement for treatment plans and provided court review thereof. 405 ILCS 5/3-814; 730 ILCS 5/5-2-4

Public Act 92-469.Specifies the pre-trial detention facilities must provide mental health services in jails and requires Department of Corrections to inspect jails annually to insure compliance. 730 ILCS 5/3-15-3

Public Act 91-726.Amended the law requiring that at least one psychiatrist testify in any commitment or involuntary treatment hearing to define psychiatrist as someone who, at a minimum had completed a residency in psychiatry (rather than simply having experience in the field. 405 ILCS 5/1-121