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Unhealthy Silence: Why Members of the Legal Profession Need to Open Up About Mental Health

By: Jamie Mathis, Editor-in-Chief, J.D. Candidate, May 2019, St. Thomas University School of Law.

“The legal profession is at a crossroads. Our members, our colleagues, our friends are suffering. It is our duty as lawyers and human beings to help.” These words, spoken by Bob Carlson, the 2018-2019 President of the American Bar Association (“ABA”), could […]

Should the Mentally Ill be Legally Obligated to Take Medications?

By: Michelle Gonzalez, Member-Candidate, J.D. Candidate, May 2020, St. Thomas University School of Law.

In January of 1999, a thirty-two-year-old journalist, Kendra Webdale was pushed into the path of an oncoming subway train in Manhattan by a twenty-nine-year-old with a long history of mental illness, Andrew Goldstein. Kendra would probably still be alive if Andrew Goldstein had been taking […]

December 19th, 2018|Human Rights, Mental Health|0 Comments

Battered Women Syndrome as a sub-category of Self Defense

By: Jennifer Francisco, Member-Candidate, J.D. Candidate, May 2020, St. Thomas University School of Law.

Over the years, there has been discussion as to whether the Battered Women Syndrome (“BWS”) should be included within the affirmative defense of self-defense. BWS is a defense implemented to protect women being physically and emotionally abused by their aggressor.

The Battered Women […]

December 19th, 2018|Criminal Law, Mental Health, Social Issues|0 Comments