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Date: Friday, March 11, 2022

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM


Since January 2020, COVID-19 has ravaged the United States’ population physically, economically, and psychologically.  Caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (“COVID-19”), the pandemic simultaneously decimated the population, shuttered businesses, and traumatized those experiencing its effects.  In early 2021, just as the country believed that it had survived the worst of the pandemic, the Delta variant appeared, causing a surge of cases worse than the first.

Consequently, increased prevalence of mental, neurological, and substance use disorders already has and will continue to present the legal system with challenges of previously unknown proportions.  As mental health professionals substantiate and address the negative impacts of uncertainty, fear, isolation, and economic hardship, legal issues are multiplying. This symposium will explore a range of those legal issues and is intended to foster study and discussion of mental health and ways the legal system can improve it.

Speaker Bio

Professor Gwendolyn Majette

Case Western University Cleveland Marshall College of Law

(currently visiting at Georgia State University School of Law)


Professor Oliver J. Kim

University of Pittsburgh


Oliver Kim 


Alina M. Perez

NSU College of Health Care Sciences


Aluna M. Perez Headshot

Professor Elizabeth Pendo

St. Louis University School of Law

Pendo Elizabeth

Dr. Matthew Saleh

Cornell University ILR School Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability

 Matthew Saleh


Professor Jamillah Bowman Williams

Georgetown University Law Center

Jamillah Bowman Williams

Professor Stacey Tovino

University of Oklahoma College of Law

Stacey Tovino

Jacquelyn Thomas

Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice Group at Holland & Knight LLP

Jacquelyn Thomas 

Professor Kelly Dineen

Creighton University School of Law


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