Presented by Michael L. Perlin, Professor of Law Emeritus, founding director of the Online Mental Disability Law Program and the International Mental Disability Law Reform Project, Justice Action Center, New York Law School, co-founder of Mental Disability Law and Policy Associates
Most considerations of “criminal competency” are limited to questions of capacity to stand trial. Occasionally, issues of guilty pleas and ability to go pro se are also considered. And these are all critically important (and profoundly underconsidered). But there are multiple other questions of “criminal competency” that defense lawyers must know about and take seriously if they are to provide effective counsel. Also, within the general subject matter areas of trial and pro se status, there are embedded issues to which not nearly enough attention is paid.
This webinar program will cover:
1. Competency to stand trial
2. Competency to plead guilty
3. Competency to go pro se
4. Other criminal competencies
This training is supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K014 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance.