Health Care Law and the Emerging Law of Mental Health - Day 3 Only

4.0 Law and Legal & 1.25 Ethics CLE credits |WSBA Activity ID #1023368

The annual Health Care Law Certificate program is designed to broaden your knowledge and deepen your ability to engage health law issues. The full program was designed by experienced practitioners who know the most relevant and important topics in engaging important and emerging areas of Health Law. Day Three of the 2016 program focuses specifically on the issues surrounding mental health care and laws as they apply to people struggling with mental health issues.


Recorded:  08/05/2016
Credits:  4.0 Law and Legal & 1.25 Ethics CLE |WSBA Activity ID #1023368
Length: 5 hours, 30 minutes

Featured Speakers:
Karin Mitchell, Andrea LaFazia-Geraghty, Cameron Stout, Judge Michael Finkle, Emily Cooper, Amnon Shoenfeld, Alan Gottlieb, Anita Khandelwal, David Newman

Day 3 of this program focuses upon the most pressing health law topics impacting mental health care--important issues not only for those interested or practicing in Health Law but for all Family Law attorneys.

Topics covered include:

  • Mental Illness 101 for Lawyers
  • Mental Health Issues and our Veterans
  • Ethical Issues Arising from a Lawyer's Impairment
  • Therapeutic Courts


Friday, August 5, 2016 – Day Three: The Emerging Law of Mental Health

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Session 12: Mental Illness 101 for Lawyers

Karin Mitchell, Johnson, Graffe, Keay, Moniz & Wick, LLP

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Session 13: Mental Health Issues and our Veterans

Andrea LaFazia-Geraghty, King County Behavioral Health and Recovery Division


11:00 am - 11:15 am


11:15 am - 12:30 pm

Session 14: Ethical Issues Arising from a Lawyer’s Impairment

Cameron Stout, Wiand Guerra King, Palo Alto, CA

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch on your own

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Session 15: Therapeutic Courts

Judge Michael Finkle, King County District Court

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm


2:45 pm - 3:30 pm

Session 16: Justice Delayed: How Pretrial Detainees Languish in Jail Waiting for Court Ordered Mental Health Services

Emily Cooper, Disability Rights Washington

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Session 17: Panel Discussion - Mental Health Records and the Second Amendment

Amnon Shoenfeld, Senior Advisor, Many Minds Collaborative; Former Director, King County Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services

Alan Gottlieb, Second Amendment Foundation

Anita Khandelwal, The Defender Association

David Newman, The Rainier Law Group, PLLC

4:30pm - 4:45pm

Evaluations and Adjourn


Program Chairperson

Erica L. Wolf, Director of Graduate Programs, Seattle University School of Law

Erica Wolf is the Director of Graduate Programs for the School of Law and Senior Attorney for the Center for Indian Law & Policy. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Ronald A. Peterson Law Clinic, where she teaches a clinical course in Indian Trusts & Estates. Professor Wolf is a 2005 graduate of Seattle University School of Law. Professor Wolf has been involved with the School of Law Center for Indian Law & Policy (CILP) for almost ten years-as an adjunct faculty member, Supervising Attorney, Managing Attorney, and most recently, Executive Director. Prior to joining Seattle University School of Law, Professor Wolf worked as an attorney in private practice. Her practice involved litigation, business law, and estate planning. She is a member of the state bars of Washington, California, and Alaska, and is a member of the federal bar in the Western District of Washington.

Day Three Presenters

Emily Cooper, Staff Attorney, Disability Rights Washington

Emily Cooper has spent her legal career practicing in areas of public interest focusing on the issues impacting individuals with disabilities. She has been a staff attorney at Disability Rights Washington since 2006 where she has worked on systemic impact litigation, monitoring facilities that serve people with disabilities including community settings, investigating abuse and neglect, and testifying in front of the legislature. Emily is currently Plaintiffs' Counsel in Trueblood v. DSHS, a class action lawsuit regarding delays in competency services causing individuals with mental illness to suffer prolonged incarceration. Emily has also served on the American Civil Liberties Union ("ACLU") of Washington's Board of Directors since 2011 and is the Director of Advocacy for the Washington Attorneys with Disabilities Association ("WADA"). Emily graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2003 and now teaches there as an adjunct professor.

Judge Michael Finkle, King County District Court

Michael Finkle is a King County District Court Judge, currently assigned to the Bellevue Courthouse. He previously presided over King County District Court's Regional Mental Health Court and Regional Veterans Court. Judge Finkle chaired the work group that created Regional Veterans Court, and prior to taking the bench he served on the work group that created Seattle Municipal Mental Health Court. Judge Finkle is also an adjunct professor at Seattle University Law School, where he teaches Law, Policy & Mental Health, and is a member of the faculty of the National Judicial College, the Washington State Judicial College, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and the Kessler-Eidson Trial Techniques program at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to serving as a criminal trial judge, Judge Finkle is recognized nationally as an expert in criminal competency and therapeutic justice issues. He has chaired, co-chaired, and served on numerous statewide and regional committees focused on mental health issues within the criminal justice system. Judge Finkle has published nationally, and has presented to national and international audiences, on criminal competency and therapeutic justice.

Alan Gottlieb, Second Amendment Foundation

Alan M. Gottlieb is Founder of the Second Amendment Foundation. He is also the author or co-author of numerous books including Dancing In Blood: Exposing the Gun Lobby to Destroy Your Rights, Politically Correct Guns, The Gun Rights Fact Book, The Gun Grabbers, Things You Can Do to Defend Your Gun Rights, Gun Rights Affirmed and Black and Blue. He is also co-author (with Dave Workman) of Shooting Blanks: The Democrats War Against Guns, America Fights Back: Armed Self-Defense in a Violent Age, These Dogs Don't Hunt: The Democrats' War On Guns, Assault on Weapons: The Campaign to Eliminate Your Guns and Shooting Blanks: Facts Don't Matter to the Gun Control Crowd. Alan has published articles in the San Francisco Examiner, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and USA Today. Mr. Gottlieb has appeared on over 6,000 TV and radio talk shows, including Lou Dobbs, ABC's 20/20, The O'Reilly Show, MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews, CNN's Crossfire, CBS Morning News, Laura Ingraham Show, BBC, NBC's Today Show, Good Morning America and China TV.

Anita Khandelwal, The Defender Association

Anita is currently the Policy Director at the King County Department of Public Defense. Previously, she was a senior attorney at the Public Defender Association, a nonprofit law firm in Seattle, where her job duties include identifying criminal justice policies in need of reform and bringing litigation to address systemic issues facing criminal defendants, such as delays in the provision of competency services (Trueblood). She worked at the Public Defender Association a total of five years and as a federal public defender for the Western District of Washington nearly two years. She's had other excellent legal experiences since graduating from Yale Law School in 2005, all of which demonstrate her commitment to indigent defense and criminal justice reform. This position, entailing the development of both internal and external policy positions, is a critical one in establishing the department as a regional and national leader in criminal justice reform.

Andrea N. LaFazia-Geraghty, M.S.W., M.P.H., Prevention Services Manager, King County, Department of Community and Human Services, Behavioral Health & Recovery Division

Andrea has a Master's degree in Social Work and in Public Health; she has worked in the behavioral health and prevention field for the past 15 years and has a solid understanding of the cultural context of mental health and substance abuse in diverse populations. She manages substance use prevention and mental health promotion services for King County Behavioral Health & Recovery Division and has served as the project director of multiple SAMHSA discretionary grants. Andrea was previously the director of prevention in the State of Oklahoma and has experience managing the CSAP block grant, and various other discretionary funds and grants. Andrea served as the Oklahoma Liaison for the University of Oklahoma's Southwest Prevention Center and Center for Substance Abuse Prevention's Center for the Application of Prevention Technologies, providing technical assistance and training services in prevention to the region. After her husband was injured while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Andrea became an advocate for veterans and spouses, serving as the President of local veteran service organization and leading a county-wide Regional Veteran Initiative, all while being his caregiver. Other experience includes social work, supervision of social workers, juvenile justice/criminal justice system, program evaluation, and research assistant.

Karin Mitchell, Johnson, Graffe, Keay, Moniz & Wick, LLP

Karin Mitchell was born and raised in Washington State. She graduated from Seattle Pacific University in 1985, with a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing. After graduation she worked at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, initially as a Bone Marrow Transplant Nurse and then as the Adult/Pediatric Critical Care Education Specialist. During this time, Ms. Mitchell co-chaired the Medical Standard, Practice Committee and worked in Quality Management. In 1998, Ms. Mitchell accepted a position at Amgen, Inc. Over ten years, Ms. Mitchell held a variety of positions at Amgen on both the West and East Coasts. Her last position was as a Senior Marketing Manager. Ms. Mitchell lectured nationally and internationally and published textbook chapters on a variety of topics in oncology, hematology, immunology and critical care medicine. In 1996, Ms. Mitchell had the privilege of leading the President Eisenhower Citizen Ambassador Delegation to South Africa. In 2008, Ms. Mitchell resigned from Amgen, Inc. to attend law school. Ms. Mitchell graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2011. Currently, Ms. Mitchell is an Associate Attorney at Johnson, Graffe, Keay, Moniz & Wick, where she has worked since being hired as a Law Clerk in May 2009.Since law school Ms. Mitchell lectures on a variety of issues related to medical malpractice, HIPAA, and medical ethics. Karin is also a national board member for the "National LGBTQ Taskforce" based in D.C., volunteers with Washington NAMI to provide legal review for the various county affiliates, and mentors to law students through QLaw. She is currently serving as the Secretary for the Board of NAMI Washington.

David M. Newman, Managing Attorney, The Rainier Law Group PLLC

Attorney David M. Newman began practicing law in 1994, following a career as a newspaper reporter and editor in the Idaho Panhandle for Spokane's daily newspaper, The Spokesman-Review. David is the managing attorney for The Rainier Law Group in Bellevue. He has a civil litigation practice, and about 40 percent of his work is related to firearms law. David graduated from the Gonzaga University School of Law, where he was a Thomas More Scholar.

Amnon Shoenfeld, MSW, Senior Advisor, Many Minds Collaborative

Amnon received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Washington in 1979. He worked in community mental health in King County for over 40 years, as a counselor at Seattle Mental Health Institute, as a Designated Mental Health Professional doing crisis outreach and involuntary commitments, as a supervisor and coordinator for King County Crisis and Commitment Services, and as the Director of the Mental Health, Chemical Abuse and Dependency Services Division where he was responsible for publicly funded mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment services in King County from 2002 until his retirement in 2014. Amnon led the development of the Mental Illness and Drug Dependency Plan, which is funded by a 1/10th of one percent sales tax passed by the King County Council in 2007. He was honored with the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the School of Social Work in 2014.

Cameron Stout, Wiand Guerra King

Cameron Stout is a certified mediator with a Northern California-based mediation and law practice centered in Silicon Valley. He focuses on complex commercial and business litigation, securities matters, as well employment cases, and estate and elder abuse disputes. He is on the mediation and arbitration panels of certain San Francisco Bay Area Superior Courts, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Cameron's expertise in the field of mediation stems from his thirty years as a nationally-recognized securities litigator. In addition to financial service arbitrations, broker-dealer litigation, and regulatory investigative and enforcement actions, Cameron also has significant experience in employment litigation and investigative consulting. Cameron has also represented financial service companies in complex commercial disputes involving UCC issues such as check fraud and forgery, and third-party instruments. Cameron has training in family law mediation and disputes.

After graduating from Princeton University in 1980 with a B.A. in American History, he obtained his J.D. with honors from the University of San Francisco School of Law. He clerked for San Francisco Superior Court Judge Stuart Pollak. From 1985 through 1988, Cameron specialized in insurance coverage and defense, and claimant securities litigation and arbitration. Cameron joined Keesal Young & Logan in late 1988 where he practiced until 2012 when he joined Holland and Knight ‘s San Francisco litigation partnership.

Cameron is admitted to practice in all of the state courts of California, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of California, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Cameron speaks before lawyer and client groups, and conducts attorney training and coaching.


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