Showcase CLE Program

70th Annual Meeting


“Initiatives in Mental Health Law Reform in the Aftermath of the Virginia Tech Shootings: The Legal, Policy and Administrative Implications”

Sponsored by the Young Lawyers Conference

Friday, June 20, 8:45 a.m. — Cavalier Beach Club

2.0 MCLE Credits

The April 16, 2007 shootings by a mentally disturbed student at Virginia Tech have placed a spotlight on Virginia’s mental health law and the mechanisms in which the Commonwealth handles mentally ill persons in the judicial system. This year’s session of the General Assembly has seen a wave of legislation to address mental health law reform. This program will look into the judicial, clinical and administrative aspect of the civil commitment process and whether the current mechanism is sufficient or lacks clarity. The legislation considered by the General Assembly, along with Governor Tim Kaine’s plan, will be analyzed and discussed.

Hon. Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II — Senator, Virginia’s 37th District. Senator Cuccinelli has experience in mental health law issues from both a practice and legislative perspective.

Hon. Judge Charles Poston — Judge, Norfolk Circuit Court. Judge Poston founded the Commonwealth’s only mental health docket.

Mark Bodner — Fairfax County Special Justice in civil commitment cases.

Allyson Tysinger — Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia. She focuses on mental health law, forensic mental health law, disabilities law, and health policy and planning.

Mary Ann Bergeron — Executive Director, Virginia Association of Community Services Boards, a statewide association of local mental health, mental retardation, and substance abuse services authorities.


Your annual meeting registration fee entitles you to attend all of the CLE programs scheduled by the Virginia State Bar on Friday, June 20.

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Updated: Apr 07, 2008