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Mens Rea and Mental Illness
Please join the Academy for Justice at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and David's Hope for a virtual mens rea reform roundtable on Wednesday, December 2. Our discussion will focus on the relationship between mental illness, diminished capacity, and culpability in the Arizona criminal justice system.

The event will feature a keynote address by Stephen J. Morse, who is a Professor of Psychology and Law in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School and an Associate Director for the University’s Center for Neuroscience & Society. Afterwards, there will be a panel discussion with retired Maricopa County Superior Court Justice Mark W. Armstrong, Chief Deputy Pima County Attorney Amelia Craig Cramer, criminal defense attorney Cary L. Lackey, and clinical psychologist Dr. Nicole Taylor. Academy for Justice Assistant Deputy Director and ASU Visiting Assistant Professor Michael Serota will provide opening remarks and moderate the panel discussion.

For those interested in learning more about this important topic before the event, the Academy recommends reading: Stephen J. Morse, Mental Disorder and Criminal Justice, in Reforming Criminal Justice: A Report of the Academy for Justice (Erik Luna ed., Academy for Justice 2018). https://law.asu.edu/sites/default/files/pdf/academy_for_justice/13_Reforming-Criminal-Justice_Vol_1_Mental-Disorder-and-Criminal-Justice.pdf

Dec 2, 2020 10:00 AM in Arizona

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Stephen J. Morse
Keynote Speaker
Stephen J. Morse has published numerous interdisciplinary articles, chapters, and co-edited collections, including (with A. Roskies) A Primer on Criminal Law and Neuroscience and (with L.Katz & M. Moore) Foundations of Criminal Law. He was a contributing author (with L. Alexander and K. Ferzan) to Crime and Culpability: A Theory of Criminal Law, and Co-Director of the MacArthur Foundation Law and Neuroscience Project. He is a Diplomate in Forensic Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology; a past president of Division 41 of the American Psychological Association; a recipient of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology’s Distinguished Contribution Award; a recipient of the American Psychiatric Association’s Isaac Ray Award for distinguished contributions to forensic psychiatry and the psychiatric aspects of jurisprudence; a member of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Mental Health and Law; and a former trustee of the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.
Michael Serota
Michael Serota is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, and an Associate Deputy Director at the Academy for Justice. Michael studies criminal law and public policy, with a focus on culpability, sentencing reform, and government decision-making. His current research explores ways of building a less punitive and more equitable criminal justice system that is consistent with our moral responsibility judgments. Michael currently advises state governments on criminal code and sentencing reform, building on his years of experience working on criminal justice policy as a senior advisor and legislative counsel. Prior to joining ASU, Michael served as Chief Counsel for Policy & Planning with the D.C. Criminal Code Reform Commission, and before that, as a Senior Attorney with the D.C. Sentencing Commission. Michael has also witnessed the operation of the American criminal justice system from a variety of perspectives, clerking for fede