James T.R. Jones's blog

Kent School Talk

Today I spoke to around 20 students in the psychopathology class in the Kent School of Social Work.  This was my third time to address a section of this course, and it was as enjoyable as always.  I was asked many excellent questions by this highly motivated group.

Burial Rights Article


My new article entitled Body, Body, Who Gets the Body?  The Resolution of Bodily Remains Cases appeared today in the Wealth Strategies Journal.  It can be viewed online at http://www.wealthstrategiesjournal.com/articles/2009/04/-72-1024x768-normal-0.html .



Manic Depressive and Depressive Association of Louisville, Inc.

I am now a Member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of the Manic Depressive and Depressive Association of Louisville, Inc.  I remain a co-facilitator of that organization.

CIT Training Talk, Nursing School Talk


Today I spoke to another CIT training class for the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department.  Also, I received the following regarding my recent University of Louisville School of Nursing talk:



March 1, 2009


Professor James T. R. Jones

Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Belknap Campus

University of Louisville


Dear Professor Jones,


            This letter is sent to thank you for your willingness to share your experience related to bipolar disorder with our students.   Your presentation to our N422 Mental Health Nursing class on Monday, February 23 was very well received.  Sharing your story about bipolar disorder as well as experience in the mental health system was important learning for our nursing students.  Especially, your story about your nurse, Nell, and perceptions about the role of the nurse in the mental health care system were important for our students to hear.  Nurses are often the unsung heros in the mental health system.

I have heard a multitude of positive comments about your talk to our class.  I am passing your card on to the next coordinator for this course recommending that you come again to speak to future students.  We look forward to working with you again in the future.   Thanks for the work you are doing in educating the public about mental health disorders.  I appreciate your support of Mental Health Nursing!



  Karen Robinson, DNS, PMHCNS-BC, FAAN

Professor, U of L School of Nursing


Nursing School Talk

Today I spoke to the Mental Health Nursing class at the School of Nursing of the University of Louisville.  The talk was very well-received by roughly 80 nursing students.  This was my twentieth program since I first spoke at the Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California last March.

CIT Training Talk

Today I spoke to the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department's newest Crisis Intervention Team training class about how those with severe mental illness can be successful professionals.  The very important CIT program which NAMI Louisville helps present teaches police officers how to deal with those with mental illess so that hospitalization rather than incarceration occurs, and potentially violent confrontations are deescalated to avoid tragic results.  All parts of the nation should adopt the crucial CIT training for law enforcement officers, often the first responders to those in mental health crisis.

Off-premises Liability for Falling Trees


In light of the ice storm, those interested in landowner liability issues might like to consult my article "Kentucky Addresses a Landowner's Duty to Those Off the Premises:  The Saga of Falling Trees"at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=996494   It was originally in the Louisville Bar Briefs in 2007.



Seven Counties Services Talk


On January 16 I spoke at the Annual Staff Gathering for The Center for Supported Living , a part of Seven Counties Services, Inc. of Louisville, one of the largest comprehensive community mental health centers in the nation.

Today I received the following from Marsha Wilson, M.S.W., Division Director II, Center for Supported Living:

Thank you so much for your presentation on Fri.  All of the staff were very moved by your story and grateful for the opportunity to hear you speak.  Our work is very challenging at times and change can be slow, so it was helpful for people to hear about your struggles and setbacks, as well as your capacity to persevere and be successful. 

Elyn Saks Visit Video


The video of Elyn Saks' talk at the Law School on October 27, 2008 is now available for viewing at http://media.law.louisville.edu/saks .



AALS Talk Correspondence Received


I received the following regarding my talk for the Law and Mental Disability and Law and Disability Sections at the AALS on January 8 (Jennifer Bard heads the Law and Mental Disability Section):



Thank you for your wonderful participation in our panel. I think it went very well and I have already heard from several people how moving it was.

Thank you for coming to San Diego and for sharing your story. It needs to be heard.

It was lovely to meet you and I look forward to seeing you at some event of joint interest soon.



Jennifer S. Bard, J.D., M.P.H.

Alvin R. Allison Professor of Law and Director, Health Law Program

Texas Tech University School of Law

Associate Professor (Adjunct) Texas Tech University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

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