Mark J. Heyrman

Mark J. Heyrman

Clinical Professor of Law

Mr. Heyrman has been a clinical teacher at the Law School since 1978. His principal responsibilities involve teaching effective advocacy through supervising students in litigation and legislative advocacy on behalf of persons with mental illness. He also teaches Law and the Mental Health System.

Mr. Heyrman is a member of the Mental Health Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association, has twice chaired that group and is currently its legislative liaison. He is also a member of the Mental Health and Disability Law Committee of the Chicago Bar Association. He was member of the board of the Mental Health America from 2004 to 2010, chair of its Public Policy Committee from 2007 to 2010 and remains a member of that committee. He is
past president of the Mental Health America of Illinois, a current member of its board and chair of its Public Policy Committee. He also is a founding member and Facilitator of the Mental Health Summit. In 1988 he served as executive director of the Governor's Commission to Revise the Mental Health Code of Illinois.

Mr. Heyrman was one of the founders of the Clinical Legal Education Association and served on its board for seven years.

Education

The University of Chicago Law School
JD, 1977

  • Active in Mandel Legal Aid Clinic

University of Illinois at Chicago
BA, 1974

  • Honors in the Administration of Criminal Justice 

Experience

The University of Chicago Law School
Clinical Professor of Law, 1990-present
Faculty Director of Clinical Programs, 2003-2007
Interim Director of Clinical Programs, 2001-2003
Attorney, 1978-1990

Governor's Commission to Revise the Mental Code of Illinois
Executive Director, 1988-1989

  • Directed and conducted research
  • Drafted legislative proposals to revise mental health laws
  • Coordinated the meetings of the Commission and its committees 
  • Acted as liaison between the Commission and various public and private groups

Northwestern University School of Law
Visiting Associate Professor, 1987-1988

  • Taught Clinical Trial Advocacy and Counseling, Negotiation and Litigation
  • Supervised law students representing clients of the Northwestern University Legal Clinic.

Office of the State Appellate Defender of Illinois
Assistant Defender, 1977-1978

  • Briefed and argued appeals for indigent criminal defendants.

Journal Articles

  • "Lawyers' Attitudes Toward Involuntary Treatment," 34 Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 492 (2006) (with Daniel Luchins, Amy Cooper & Patricia Hanrahan). cu
  • "Structural Stigma in State Legislation," 56 Psychiatric Services 557 (2005) (with Patrick Corrigan, Amy Watson, Amy Warpinski, Gabriela Gracia, Natalie Slopen & Laura Hall). cu
  • "Five Things Every Lawyer Should Know About Mental Health Law," 18 Chicago Bar Association Record 31 (2004). cu
  • "The Mentally Disabled in the Criminal Justice System," 78 Illinois Bar Journal 132 (2000). cu
  • "Mental Health Court: Promises and Limitations," 28 Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 476 (2000). cu
  • "Mental Illness in Prisons and Jails," 7 University of Chicago Law School Roundtable 113 (2000). cu
  • "Regulating Law Schools: Should the ABA Accreditation Process Be Used to Speed the Implementation of the MacCrate Report Recommendations?," 1 Clinical Law Review 389 (1994). cu

Book Sections

  • "Stigma and the Police," in On the Stigma of Mental Illness, Patrick Corrigan ed. (American Psychological Association, 2004) (with Amy Watson, Victor Ottati & Arthur Lurigio). cu

Other Publications

  • "No Way In," University of Chicago Law School Record, Spring 1991.
  • Report of the Governor's Commission to Revise the Mental Health Code of Illinois, (State of Illinois). 1989).

"Mental Illness, Crime and Guns: What We Know and What We Can Do," Tenth Congressional District Democrats Education Forum, Buffalo Grove, Illinois, June, 2018

"The Mental Health System in Illinois," Mental Health Month Presentation to Review Trackers, Chicago, Illinois, May, 2018

"What's new in Mental Health Law: A Legislative Update," Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, May, 2018

"Representing Persons Found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity," Chicago Bar Association Mental Health and Disability Law Committee, Illinois, April, 2018

"From Fitness to Insanity and Beyond," Presentation to the Cook County Public Defender Felony Trial Lawyers, Chicago, Illinois, April, 2018

"Why Involuntary Outpatient Commitment Won't Help (Much)," Music City Tackles Mental Health, Nashville, Tennessee, March, 2018

"Diverting People with Mental Illnesses out of the Criminal Justice System," Confronting the Moral Crisis of Mass Incarceration, Chicago, Illinois, February 2018

"The Future of Mental Health in Illinois," Lighting the Way for Mental  Health Awareness, Joliet, Illinois, October, 2017

"Your Client Has Been Found Unfit to Stand Trial: Now What?," Cook County Public Defender Annual Conference, Oak Brook, Illinois, August 2017

"Hospitalization, The Justice System and Civil Commitment," Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, June, 2017

"Commitment of Special Populations: Persons Found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity and Unfit to Stand Trial," Presentation to Equip for Equality, Chicago, Illinois, June, 2017

"The Affordable Care Act and the Future of Mental Health Services," On the Table Community Forum, Chicago Community Trust, Chicago, Illinois, May, 2017

"Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full," Orland Park 2017 Mental Health Symposium, Orland Park, Illinois, May, 2017

"Promising News in Mental Health Policy," Mental Health Awareness Month Program, Cathedral Counseling Center, Chicago, Illinois, May, 2017

"Regional Differences in Assisted Outpatient Treatment," Chicago Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois, April, 2017

"Outpatient Commitment under Illinois Law," Mental Health America of Illinois Educational Forum, Chicago, Illinois, February, 2017

"Responsibilities of Jails to Inmates with Mental Illnesses," Illinois Sheriffs' Association Chief Deputy/Jail Administrators Conference, Peoria, Illinois, April, 2016

"Persons with Mental Illnesses in the Criminal Justice System" NAMI-Metro Suburban Education and Advocacy Series, February, 2016

"What's New in Mental Health Law" Illinois State Bar Association, February, 2016

"Ground Hog Day: Can We Stop Having the Same Arguments About Mental Health Treatment?" Psychiatric Grand Rounds, University of Vermont Medical Center, January, 2016

“Representing Persons with Mental Illnesses” Illinois Parent Attorney Network Training, Chicago Bar Association (November, 2015)

“The Affordable Care Act and Treatment for People with Mental Illnesses: Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty?” Lutheran General Hospital Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Park Ridge, IL (November, 2015); University of Illinois at Chicago Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds (January, 2015); University of Chicago MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics (April, 2014)

“Recent and Proposed Changes in Mental Health Laws in Illinois”  Mental Health and Disability Law Committee, Chicago Bar Association (November, 2015)

“An Overview of Problem Solving Courts” Mental Health America Regional Policy Council Webinar (September, 2015)

“What Services are Needed to Keep People Out of the Criminal Justice System” National Alliance on Mental Illness--Cook County Suburban North (September, 2015)

“Step Therapy and the Treatment of Mental Illnesses”  Arthritis Foundation Virtual Town Hall Webinar (August, 2015)

“An Overview of Problem Solving Courts”, Moving B4 Stage 4 on the Criminal Justice Pipeline, Mental Health America Regional Policy Council Annual Seminar: Regions Five & Seven, Milwaukee, WI (July, 2015)

“Veterans Courts in Context” Inaugural Veterans Treatment Court Summit, Chicago (May, 2015)

“Getting People with Mental Illnesses Out of the Criminal Justice System” Big Ideas in Medicine, University of Chicago  Pritzker School of Medicine (January, 2015)

“Can the Mental Health System be Fixed” Community Media Workshop News Forum on Mental Health Issues (January, 2015)

“Why Abolishing the Insanity Defense Would be Good for People with Mental Illnesses”  University of Chicago Law School Disability Law Society (December, 2014)

“Money, Leadership and Cooperation” The Cutting Edge of Mental Health Services Forum, Illinois Academy of Criminology (November, 2014)

“Getting Services for People with Mental Illnesses: Legal and Practical Considerations”  Mental Health America of Illinois (November, 2014)

“Recent and Proposed Changes to Mental Health Laws in Illinois” Mental Health and Disability Law Committee, Chicago Bar Association (November, 2014)

“It’s Not the Where, It’s the What, the How, the Who and the Why” Panel on Forced Medication in Non-Medical Correctional Facilities, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, Chicago (October, 2014)

“Show Me the Money: Why the Legal Standards and Procedures for Involuntary Treatment Mean Very Little, But the Availability of Services Means a Lot”  Mental Health America Regional Policy Council, Kansas City, MO (July, 2104)

“Effective Advocacy to Improve Mental Health Services” National Alliance on Mental Illness—Southwestern Illinois Annual Meeting, Granite City, IL (June, 2014)

“Mental Health Legislation in Illinois: Where We Are and What We Must Do” National Alliance on Mental Illness-Barrington (May, 2014)

“What Can We Do About All of the Offenders with Mental Illnesses? Mental Health and Disability Law Committee, Chicago Bar Association (April, 2014)

“Deinstitutionalization: Causes, Consequences and the Way Forward”  Big Ideas in Medicine, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (February, 2014)

“An Overview of the Current Need for Mental Health Services in Chicago”  Town Hall Meeting on the Chicago Mental Health Crisis (February, 2014)

“The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Behavioral Health”  Behavioral Health Alliance of Grundy County (IL) (January, 2014)

Professional Affiliations

  • Mental Health America
    Member of the Board of Directors, 2004 to 2010
    Member of the Public Policy Committee, 2004 to present; Chairperson, 2007-2010
    Deputy General Counsel, 2013 to present
  • Mental Health America of Illinois
    Member of the Board of Directors, 1996 to present; President of the Board, 1998-2000
    Member of the Public Policy Committee, 1996 to present; Chairperson, 1997 to present
  • Mental Health Summit
    Founding Member
    Summit Facilitator, 2000 to present
  • Illinois Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council
    Member, 1997 to present
    Chairperson, 2006-2009
  • Clinical Legal Education Association
    Founding member of the Board of Directors
    Secretary-Treasurer, 1992-2000
  • Illinois State Bar Association
    Member of the Standing Committee on the Mentally Disabled, 1996 to 2013; Chairperson, 1998-1999; 2012-2013;
    Member of the Mental Health Section Council, 2013 to present, Legislative liaison, 2013 to present
  • Chicago Bar Association
    Member of the Mental Health and Disability Law Committee, 1990 to present; Legislative liaison, 2013 to present
  • CURE-Illinois
    Member of the Board of Directors, 2015 to present
  • Bar admissions: The United States Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of Illinois, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Member of the Trial Bar)

Awards

  • Mike Flannery Community Service Award, 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, 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. (2003)
  • "Outstanding Advocacy Award," Clinical Legal Education Association (2002)
  • "Special Recognition Award," Community Mental Health Council, Inc. (2002)
  • Gold Bell Awaard as "Mental Health Person of the Year," Mental Health Association in Illinois (2001)

Significant Litigation

  • In Re Robert S., 2004 Ill. LEXIS 1669 (2004) 
  • Baker v. Adams, 02 CH 15962 (Cir. Ct. Cook Cty, Ill., 2004) 
  • Williams v. Staples, 208 Ill. 2d 480 (2004) 
  • C.J. v. DMHDD, 296 Ill. App. 3d 17 (1st Dist. 1998); 331 Ill. App. 3d 871 (1st Dist. 2002) 
  • Cross v. Staples, 1-99-3174 (1st Dist. 2001) 
  • Lucas v. Peters, 318 Ill. App. 3d (1st Dist. 2000) 
  • Brown v. Murphy, 278 Ill. App. 3d 981 (1st Dist. 1996) 
  • Henderson v. McDonald,No. 94 C 55 (N.D. Ill. June 12, 1996)
  • Love v. Chicago,96 C 0396 (N.D. Ill. (1999)
  • Estate of Merritt,272 Ill. App. 3d 1017 (1st Dist. 1995)
  • Turner v. Campagna,281 Ill. App. 3d 109- (1st Dist. 1996) 
  • Radazewski v. Cawley,159 Ill. 2d 372 (1994)
  • Chambers v. Illinois Fair Employment Practices Commission,96 Ill. App. 3d 884 (1st Dist. 1981) 
  • Kulak v. Belletire, 148 Ill. App. 3d 268 (1st Dist. 1986) 
  • People v. Roush, 101 Ill. 2d 355 (1984) 
  • Yiadom v. Kiley, 204 Ill. App. 3d 418 (1st Dist. 1990) 
  • Goode v. Pavkovic, No. 81 C 2491 (N.D. Ill. April 26, 1984) 

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
  • 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, creates 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, amends 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, 405 ILCS 5/1-121