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, January 24, 2018

Presenter: Dr. Michael Commons and Mansi Shah
Title: Avoidance and Punishment in Animals

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Presenter: Joel Ziff
Title: Legal Issues in Treatment of Sex Addiction

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Presenter: Usual Participants
Title: Regular Meeting

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Presenter: Oren Asman
Title: Introducing durable power of attorney, advanced directives and supported decision making into Israeli law
Details: Recent changes in Israeli law on competence have the potential to introduce mental disability rights -based practices to the work of lawyers, health care providers and courts. While this seems to be the golden hour for autonomy in Israeli legislation, it is also a practical and conceptual challenge to professional. The talk will focus on these changes, gradual implementation of these concepts and tools and current worries and dillemas they seem to have created

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Presenter: Steven Hassan
Title: NXIVM group uses MD to brand initials and gets them to give incriminating nude videos and confessions to be used to instill obedience- in case they ever think of leaving the group. Many women are on 500-800 calorie a day die and have peri- menopausal sym
Details: This October, the NY Times published a front page article on Sarah Edmundson, as actress who defected. albany.html A second article on December 21st , New York Times article spells out another portion of disturbing story. investigation.html about this group. In this second article, Forensic psychiatrist Park Dietz was quoted as having no evidence of “brainwashing.” Keith Raniere, who is referred to as “Vanguard” claims to be the smartest person in the world, and has two wealthy Bronfman sisters in the group helping to fund it. Raniere’s right hand person is trained in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and some of the policies seem to mirror policies that Scientology uses. An very interesting discussion is to be had, as I know a good deal about this group and how it operates.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Presenter: Usual Participants
Title: Regular Meeting

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Presenter: Professor John R. Williams
Title: A Gilded Cage is Still a Cage: Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty
Details: In 2017 the UK Law Commission issued its final report on “Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty,” addressing “how the law should protect people who need to be deprived of their liberty in order to receive care or treatment and lack the capacity to consent to this.” The report recommended that current “Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards” should be repealed and “a new scheme introduced as a matter of pressing urgency.” Proposed “Liberty Protection Safeguards” would be accompanied by the publication of a new “Code of Practice” covering all aspects of the current “Mental Capacity Act.” PIPATL attendees will review these innovations and contrast them with existing provisions in other jurisdictions.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Presenter: Usual Participants
Title: Regular Meeting

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Presenter: Dr. David Benjamin
Title: The Heroin/Opioid Crisis
Details: In 1971, I took an external rotation in Molecular Pharmacology at UCSF and became friendly with Dr. EL Way, an internationally-known morphine investigator. I became so fascinated with opioids that I did my oral comprehensives for my PhD on the Mechanism of Action of Opioids and have been studying them for more than 40 years. I am pleased to be able to talk about heroin (opioids) at our PIPATL meeting. Madonna once quoted another notable who said, "Have something to say and say it as well as it can be said." That`s what I hope to do.









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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