Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

Court House

Robina In Conversation Series

Lessons from Mental Health Court: Effective Strategies for Criminal Cases Involving Mental Illness

1:30pm to 3:30pm Room 25, UMN Law School

Thank you for joining us Friday, December 2 at 1:30 p.m. for the Robina In Conversation "Lessons from Mental Health Court:  Effective Strategies for Criminal Cases Involving Mental Illness" in Room 25 at the University of Minnesota Law School.

Event Description

The federal government has designated the Ramsey County Mental Health Court as a “National Mentor Court.” Mentor Courts serve as examples for individuals and court teams interested in this model, or for for established courts interested in learning innovative practices. This Robina In Conversation will focus on what works in mental health court and how to achieve better outcomes for individuals with mental illness. We will also discuss ways to eliminate bias as well as ways practitioners in the mainstream courts can develop skills to have success with cases involving mental illness.

We will hear from 4 criminal justice professionals who handle criminal cases with defendants who experience mental illness: Judge Mark Ireland (2nd Judicial District, Ramsey County); Kim Bingham (Attorney, Ramsey County Attorney's Office); Leif Carlson (Public Defender, 2nd Judicial District, Ramsey County); and James Reilly (Probation, Ramsey County). The conversation will be moderated by Robina Institute Practitioner and former Minnesota State Public Defender, John Stuart.

Continuing Legal Education Credits (CLE)

An application for 2 Elimination of Bias Credits has been approved.

  • In-person event code: 231190

Event Video

Lessons from Mental Health Court: Effective Strategies for Criminal Cases Involving Mental Illness

Speakers & Moderators

  • John Stuart John Stuart

    Moderator - Practitioner-in-Residence, Robina Institute

  • Mark Ireland Mark Ireland

    Judge, Second Judicial District, Ramsey County, Minnesota

  • No Image Leif Carlson

    Assistant Public Defender, Second District, Ramsey County, Minnesota

  • Kim Bingham Kim Bingham

    Assistant Director of the Criminal Division, Ramsey County Attorney’s Office (RCAO)

  • James Reilly James Reilly

    Probation Officer, Ramsey County Mental Health Court

Directions and Amenities

Parking and directions to the University of Minnesota Law School can be found here.


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