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Cathryn S. Crawford (Austin, TX)
Eric Davis (Houston, TX)
Dr. Michael A. Fuller (Galveston, TX)
Brockton D. Hunter (Minneapolis, MN)
Elizabeth Kelley (Spokane, WA)
Elizabeth Kelley is a criminal defense lawyer based in Spokane, Washington. She travels throughout the country working on cases involving people with mental illness and intellectual/developmental disabilities. She is serving her third term on the board of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), chairs its Mental Health Committee, has chaired the Membership Committee, and is a Life Member. She has served on the Problem-Solving Courts Task Force and currently serves on the Body Camera Task Force. She has been appointed to the National Advisory Committee of The ARC’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability. In 2009 and 2014, she traveled to Liberia as part of a mission sponsored by the NACDL and the UN Commission on Drugs and Crime to train that country’s criminal defense bar. In 2013, she traveled to Cuba as part of a People-to-People delegation for lawyers and judges. In 2015, she led a legal delegation to London, and later this year, will lead a similar delegation to Burma (Myanmar). She lectures across the U.S. on representing persons with mental disabilities, and frequently provides legal commentary for radio and television. Her book reviews regularly appear in The Federal Lawyer,.and she hosts two internet radio shows, one titled CelebrityCourt and the other, AuthorChats. She is a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance, RYT.
Prof. Michelle LaVigne (Madison, WI)
Dr. Demosthenes Lorandos (Ann Arbor, MI)
Andrea D. Lyon (Valparaiso, IN)
Mindy Montford (Austin, TX))
Mark Olive (Tallahassee, FL)
Prof. Michael L. Perlin (New York, NY)
Michael L. Perlin is Professor of Law Emeritus at New York Law School (NYLS), founding director of NYLS's Online Mental Disability Law Program, and founding director of NYLS's International Mental Disability Law Reform Project in its Justice Action Center. He is also the co-founder of Mental Disability Law and Policy Associates. He has written 30 books and nearly 300 articles on all aspects of mental disability law, many of which deal with the overlap between mental disability law and criminal law and procedure. His most recent books are INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS AND MENTAL DISABILITY LAW: WHEN THE SILENCED ARE HEARD (Oxford University Press, 2011), MENTAL DISABILITY AND THE DEATH PENALTY: THE SHAME OF THE STATES (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013), and A PRESCRIPTION FOR DIGNITY: RETHINKING CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND MENTAL DISABILITY LAW (Ashgate, 2013). His five-volume treatise, MENTAL DISABILITY LAW: CIVIL AND CRIMINAL (2d ed.) (Lexis-Nexis, 1998-2002), is universally seen as the standard text in the area; the seven-volume third edition of that work will be forthcoming in 2016. An earlier book, THE JURISPRUDENCE OF THE INSANITY DEFENSE (Carolina Academic Press, 1995) won the Manfred Guttmacher award of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Psychiatry and law as the best book published that year. Before becoming a professor, Perlin was the Deputy Public Defender in charge of the Mercer County Trial Region in New Jersey, and, for eight years, was the director of the Division of Mental Health Advocacy in the NJ Department of the Public Advocate. He has represented thousands of persons with mental disabilities in individual and class actions, and has represented criminal defendants at every level from police court to the US Supreme Court (second-seating Strickland v. Washington, and representing amicus in Ake v. Oklahoma, and Colorado v. Connelly). He directed the online mental disability law program at New York Law School from 2000 to 2014, and through that program, offered 13 courses to lawyers, mental health professionals, and disability advocates. Through this program, he has also taught mental disability law courses in Japan, Nicaragua, Finland, Israel, Australia, Taiwan, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and Sweden. He has done extensive work in China with the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law—Asia office where he has conducted “Training of Trainers” workshops in Xi’an, China to teach experienced death penalty defense lawyers how to train inexperienced lawyers, employing the online distance learning methodologies used in the NYLS online program. He has also done advocacy work on behalf of persons with disabilities on every continent. In the fall semester of 2012, he served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist, teaching and consulting at the Islamic University of Jogjakarta, Indonesia. Four years earlier, also as part of the Fulbright designation, he taught in the Global Law Program at Haifa University in Israel. Last year, he was elected to be co-chair of the Disability Rights Interest Group of the American Society of International Law.
Colette Tvedt (Washington, DC)
Colette Tvedt serves as the Director of Indigent Defense Training and Reform. In that capacity, she focuses on developing and delivering training programs for indigent defense providers nationwide. She also partners with other national organizations on projects such as an initiative to increase pretrial release and implementation of workload studies to ensure the best representation of indigent defendants. Colette has devoted her career over the past 25 years to representing poor people accused of crimes. She spent 18 of those years as a public defender in Massachusetts and Washington State. During the last seven years she was in private practice with the Seattle law firm, Schroeter, Goldmark & Bender, where she continued to represent the indigent by court appointment in state and federal court, in addition to serving on the board of one of Seattle’s public defender providers. Colette Tvedt also has extensive experience training attorneys. She has organized training programs for hundreds of defense lawyers and served for several years as a Clinical Professor of Law as the director of the Suffolk Defenders Clinical Program at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. In recent years, in addition to her practice, she has served as professor of advanced trial advocacy at the University of Washington School of Law and at Seattle University School of Law. She is a faculty member of the National Criminal Defense College (NCDC) in Macon, Georgia. Colette Tvedt is an honors graduate of Rutgers University, where she also attended law school.
Dr. Clarence Watson (Bala Cynwyd, PA)
Dr. Watson is a native of Philadelphia, PA who received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College and his law degree from Villanova University School of Law. He completed medical residency training in psychiatry at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and fellowship training in forensic psychiatry at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan, NY. Dr. Watson is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in general psychiatry and forensic psychiatry and is a member of the American Psychiatric Association. He holds medical licenses in Pennsylvania, New York and Delaware. Prior to his practice as a physician, Dr. Watson practiced law in Pennsylvania. In addition to his experience in the diagnosis and treatment of general psychiatric disorders, Dr. Watson has extensive experience with violence risk assessments; the impact of psychiatric illness on criminal behavior; and the treatment of criminal offenders with psychiatric illnesses. Dr. Watson has also lectured extensively on such topics as: general mental health; treatment of psychiatric disorders; competency to make medical decisions; crime and mental illness; stalking; internet sexual predators; sleepwalking violence; false confessions and filicide (murder of children by their parents).