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Mental Health and the Law: Breaking the Stigma and Reforming the System

14th Annual Law & Society Symposium presented by the Charleston Law Review and Furman University’s Riley Institute

Friday, February 25, 2022
8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The Charleston Museum

4 hours of CLE credit offered

The Law & Society Series provides historical observations and trends, insights into associated legal issues and processes, and suggestions for change from varied perspectives.

In 2022, renowned experts in law, medicine, academia and advocacy weighed in on issues surrounding mental health and discuss novel ways of advocating for a more equitable approach to mental illness within the legal system. Panelists and speakers explored the decriminalization of mental illness and diversionary court systems, addressed the prevalence of mood disorders and substance abuse within the legal profession, and highlighted advocacy initiatives within our community. It is time to dismantle the stigma surrounding mental health and share ways legal professionals can advocate more effectively for clients, themselves, and the community.