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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Tarasoff Symposium

On March 17th, the University of Cincinnati College of Law Glenn M. Weaver Institute of Law and Psychiatry will host a symposium entitled, "The Future of the "Duty to Protect":
Scientific and Legal Perspective.   The symposium runs from 8am until 4:30pm at the Tangeman Center, Great Hall on the Campus of the University of Cincinnati

Here is a brief overview:

July 2006 will mark the 30th anniversary of Tarasoff v. Regents of the University of California, a decision that established psychotherapists' duty to protect the public from violent acts of their patients. Even after three decades, Tarasoff remains one of the most influential decisions in mental disability law. No court ruling has had a broader or more enduring impact on mental health practice and scholarship. Rare is the practicing mental health professional who is not acquainted with the decision and the discomfort that arises in clinical situations that trigger a duty to protect.

This symposium, especially targeted for attorneys, psychologists, psychiatrists, and other mental health professionals, uses Tarasoff 's 30th anniversary as an occasion to take stock of the decision's impact and to examine a broad range of legal and scientific problems that remain unrecognized, unaddressed, or underappreciated three decades after the 1976 decision was issued. This activity is jointly sponsored by the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, the University of Cincinnati College of Law, University Hospital and the Glenn M. Weaver Institute of Law and Psychiatry.

For more information and how to register, click here.  [bm]

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