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Book Review

By John Cizik

Justice for All Challenges of the Mentally Ill In the Legal System

By Dr. Sherrie Bourg Carter
National Institute for Trial Advocacy (2009)
Reviewed by John Cizik

With the drastic reduction in services available to the mentally ill in society, it will be the rare attorney who can practice without encountering a mentally ill client. To learn what law schools do not teach, pick up a copy of Dr. Sherrie Bourg Carter’s book, Justice for All.

The book opens with an overview of the challenges faced by the mentally ill in the court system, touching on not only the criminal arena, but family and civil law as well. The second chapter discusses diminished capacity, and provides suggestions on how to deal with clients based on their level of functioning.

Chapter Three demystifies the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM). This is the best explanation of this crucial reference book I have come across. In addition to explaining how the DSM classifies disorders, Dr. Carte

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