Below you can see all upcoming meetings or relevant agenda items. All items will be moved to the Past Meetings section of the website one day after the date they are scheduled for.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Presenter: Stanley L. Brodsky Ph.D.
Title: “I was blown out the door” A strange forensic case study
Details: Report of assessment of a man charged with abuse of a corpse for setting his deceased wife on fire

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Presenter: Usual Participants
Title: Regular Meeting

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Presenter: Harold
Title: SCOTUS Amicus Briefs

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Presenter: Professor John R. Williams
Title: The Mental Health Infrastructure: An International Perspective
Details: There often exists a significant disparity between (1) treatment guarantees proffered by case law, statutes, and regulations, and (2) treatment opportunities limited by funding, geography, and bureaucracy. Mental health clinicians who attempt to commit patients civilly or refer them for outpatient services often learn too late that legally sanctioned options simply cannot be realized, due to such factors as downsized facilities, staffing shortfalls, budgetary woes, or limited transportation resources. This presentation describes the current status of the mental health infrastructure in the United Kingdom and invites comparison with the experiences of PIPATL attendees.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Presenter: Judge Lisa I. Swenski
Title: The Earth is Flat, Climate Change Ain`t Real, and Hypnosis Doesn`t Work Like "That": One Judge`s Journey Through Unethical Hypnosis & Undue Influence from Cynical Denier to Shocked Victim to Informed Advocate
Background: Lisa Swenski is a Judge with the Lorain County (Ohio) Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations & Juvenile Divisions. In 1996, Swenski was a 2nd year law student whose only exposure to hypnosis was a brief experience in 1983 while in the U.S. Army at the Intelligence School at Ft. Devens, Mass. When her fellow law student/roommate and several of his friends claimed to be using hypnosis to have sex with women, she thought that he was "crazy" and said "everybody knows that hypnosis isn`t real." What happened to Swenski the next month when she was unlawfully civilly committed for 72 hours because she was "delusional re cult activity" would change the course of her life and would ultimately result in her educating herself about hypnosis & the "Pick Up Artist" sub-culture.
Details: In 2012, Judge Swenski was elected to her judgeship and had every reason to believe that her experience with covert hypnosis and the PUA community was long over. Unfortunately, she was wrong. In 2014, Judge Swenski recused herself from domestic cases involving divorce attorney Michael Fine. Fine had been caught (on surveillance police video) using hypnosis to sexually assault his women clients. He would later plead guilty to multiple counts of kidnapping with sexual motivation and in 2016 he was sentence to 12 years in prison. Unfortunately, Judge Swenski had several bizarre experiences with Fine while he was practicing in front of her and thus, once again, Swenski had to face the unethical use of hypnosis. More importantly, Judge Swenski was again placed in the position of trying to educate law enforcement and lawyers about hypnosis and to dispel the most common myths that uninformed & misinformed professionals - including psychiatrists - hold about covert hypnosis and undue influence. That journey continues to this day.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Presenter: Usual Participants
Title: Regular Meeting

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Presenter: Usual Participants
Title: Regular Meeting

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Presenter: Usual Participants
Title: Regular Meeting

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Presenter: Mitzi White
Title: To be announced

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Presenter: Usual Participants
Title: Regular Meeting

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Presenter: Daniel Brown Ph.D.
Title: Hypnosis and Undue Influence
Details: Dr. Brown was summoned to Ohio to render his expert opinion on recordings made by attorney Michael Fine who was using covert hypnosis on female clients in order to rape them and then gave amnesia instructions, so they could not remember and report the crime. He will also speak about his multi year series of interviews with Sirhan Sirhan and the in depth investigation into his recruitment into a Manchurian candidate role in the assassination of Robert Kennedy almost 50 years ago. The evidence is overwhelming that Sirhan Sirhan did not do the kill shot and the case will be featured in a 2 hour documentary done with Sundance, Showtime and Netflix June 2018.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Presenter: Hellen Farrell
Title: To be announced

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Presenter: Omar
Title: Social Science and Mental Health Stigma

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Presenter: Michael Commons
Title: Invertibrates brains Invertibrate brains species









The Program in Psychiatry and The Law meets Wednesday mornings at 11:00 AM in Room 340 3rd floor of the new Mass Mental Health Center at 75 Fenwood Road. Left from the elevator and all the way down the hall.

Check our meetings page regularly to find out about our upcoming meetings.

Our file library includes copies of the Amicus Briefs to which we have contributed: Althaus v. Cohen (PA) and Citizens for Health v. Thompson (Third Circuit).

 Wednesday, September 6, 2017
First meeting of the new academic year = Wednesday, September 6th
 Sunday, February 23, 2014
PIPATL Meeting Location:
Room 340 on the 3rd floor of Mass. Mental Health Center, 75 Fenwood Rd. Left from the elevator and all the way down the hall. The room has a communications center that allows more than one person to call in at a time!!

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