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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
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.
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