James T.R. Jones

Professor of Law

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James T.R. Jones received his B.A. with highest distinction from the University of Virginia, where he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society, and his J.D. with honors from Duke University School of Law, where he was selected for the Order of the Coif.  He served on the Editorial Board of the Duke Law Journal.  Before entering an academic career, he clerked for a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and a magistrate judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. In addition, he worked in private practice for firms in New York and Florida. In 1985, he entered teaching as a Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School. He joined the faculty of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville in 1986.

Professor Jones has written a number of articles, including seven on the use of tort law to enforce the legal rights of domestic violence victims. He also has spoken extensively on this topic, most recently in 2000 at the Symposium on Integrating Responses to Domestic Violence conducted at the Loyola University of New Orleans School of Law and co-sponsored by that institution and the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence.

His research and teaching interests include domestic violence, with an emphasis on professional liability, torts, decedents' estates, legal writing, written advocacy, and mental illness among professionals.

Professor Jones belongs to the Florida Bar and the Legal Writing Institute.

In his 2008 article "Walking the Tightrope of Bipolar Disorder: The Secret Life of a Law Professor" Professor Jones for the first time disclosed his decades-long battle with the severe mental illness bipolar disorder, which is also known as manic-depressive illness.  Since then he has written and spoken extensively about successful professionals who suffer from serious psychiatric diseases.  In particular he has addressed numerous classes of law, medical, nursing, psychology, social work, and occupational therapy students, demonstrating to them that many of the stereotypes their professions hold about at least some of their clients with mental illnesses are unjustified and inaccurate. 

In recognition of his mental health advocacy efforts, Mental Health America of Kentucky, Kentucky's oldest mental health education and advocacy organization, presented him with the Clifford W. Beers Mental Health Consumer Award for 2010.  The award is a functioning bell, a facsimile of the Mental Health America bell that is the symbol of the country's oldest and largest nonprofit organization that addresses all aspects of mental health and mental illness.  The MHA bell weighs 300 pounds and was forged of melted iron wrist and ankle chains and shackles that once restrained those confined in asylums because they had mental illnesses.  The bell is a powerful reminder that the invisible chains of misunderstanding continue to bind people with mental illnesses; it rings out hope for improving mental health and achieving victory over mental diseases. 

 

On November 8, 2013, Professor Jones was presented with the David S. Stoner Uncommon Counselor Award by the Dave Nee Foundation at a gala in New York City.  The Dave Nee Foundation is a national organization that fights depression and suicide among law students and lawyers.  It recognized Professor Jones for his mental health advocacy work.


 


Pictured in the photo to the left are Professor Jones and Professor Elyn R. Saks, Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California;  Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine;  and Assistant Faculty at the New Center for Psychoanalysis.  Professor Saks, who has schizophrenia, wrote the acclaimed memoir The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness (2007) and in 2009 won a $500,000.00 MacArthur Foundation "genius grant."  Professors Jones and Saks are the only law professors in the United States publicly to acknowledge having severe mental illnesses.

This photograph was taken by Kathleen Murphy Jones, Esq. on March 11, 2008 at the Gould School of Law shortly before Professor Jones delivered his talk entitled "Severe Mental Illness in the Academy: A Law Professor's Story."


In his new book, A Hidden Madness, Professor Jones tells the story of his unrelenting struggle against severe mental illness.  It is the saga of an accomplished individual who has reached the pinnacle of his profession despite suffering for over thirty years from the severe mental illness bipolar disorder. He has done so mostly in silence because of fear of stigma. Extreme childhood bullying helped cause his condition, which has seen him hospitalized five times in psychiatric facilities for periods as long as six months. It is an eye-opening voyage through the little-understood realm of severe mental illness featuring its powerful medications, periodic hospitalizations, often rocky relationships, and light as well as dark moments. The story offers both real hope for those afflicted by serious mental illness and deep insight into their many symptoms, numerous drugs, periodic crises, and potential triumphs. It shows that by being compliant with a medical regimen of therapy and medication, getting help and support from others with the same illness, benefitting from a loving family, discovering coping mechanisms to get through every day, having caring and understanding friends, and being too stubborn to let a disease ruin his life one can enjoy a successful and fulfilling professional and personal life.  A Hidden Madness has been reviewed by independent reviewers at the following locations:  http://blogcritics.org/books/article/book-review-a-hidden-madness-by/ ; http://abookadayreviews.blogspot.com/2012/02/life-beyond-diagnosis-hidden-madness.html#more ; http://www.sweetmarielovestoread.blogspot.ca/2012/06/hidden-madness.html ; http://www.bookpleasures.com/websitepublisher/articles/5467/1/A-Hidden-Madness-Reviewed-By-June-Maffin-of-Bookpleasurescom/Page1.html#.UH1fEYZmP78 .


The following photos were taken at the Diversity Forum Series at the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law where Professor Saks gave her address:
The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness
on October 27, 2008.  

Elyn Saks in the Mosaic Lounge Professor Jim Jones
Elyn Saks in the Mosiac Lounge Professor Jim Jones's Introduction
Elyn Saks Elyn Saks Besides Brandeis's Crypt
Elyn Saks's Slideshow Presentation
Elyn Saks Besides Justice Brandeis's Crypt
Elyn Saks and her husband Will at Hubers Orchard
This photo of Elyn Saks and her husband Will Vinet was taken by Jim Jones at the Joe Huber Family Farm and Restaurant in Starlight, Indiana on October 26, 2008.

Courses Taught

Torts I and II

Decedents' Estates

Basic Legal Skills

Written Advocacy Seminar

Introduction to Legal Study

Publications

 Intestate Inheritance and Stepparent Adoption:  A Reappraisal, 48 Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal 327-352 (2013)

The Aging Mentally Ill:  Ensuring Adequate Mental Health Care, 3 The International Journal of Aging and Society 31-41 (2013) (written with Elizabeth A. Richardson) 

Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment, Louisville Bar Briefs, Aug. 2012, at 24-25

A Hidden Madness (2011) 

Body, Body, Who Gets the Body?  The Resolution of Bodily Remains Cases, Wealth Strategies J., Apr. 2009, http://www.wealthstrategiesjournal.com/articles/2009/04/-72-1024x768-normal-0.html

Severe Mental Illness in the Academy: A Secret Revealed, Louisville Bar Briefs, Feb. 2008, at 10-11

Community Challenge: Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Person in the Office Next Door, Louisville Courier-Journal, Jan. 21, 2008, at A8

Surviving the Scourge of Schizophrenia: A Law Professor's Story, 19 Hastings Women's L.J. 105-20 (2008) (reviewing Elyn R. Saks, The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness (2007))

Walking the Tightrope of Bipolar Disorder: The Secret Life of a Law Professor, 57 J. Legal Educ. 349-374 (2007)

Book Review, A Compelling Look at Schizophrenia, Louisville Courier-Journal, Sept. 15, 2007, at A9

Kentucky Addresses a Landowner's Duty to Those Off the Premises: The Saga of Falling Trees Louisville Bar Briefs, June 2007, at 4

Anna Nicole Smith and the Right to Control Disposition of the Dead, Louisville Bar Briefs, May 2007, at 24-25

Integrating Domestic Violence Issues into the Law School Torts Curriculum, 47 Loy. L. Rev. 59-80 (2001)

Book Review, 73 Temp. L. Rev. 219-26 (2000)

Liability in Delict for Failure to Report Family Violence (co-authored with Michael L. Lupton), 116 SALJ 371-85 (1999)

Kentucky Tort Liability for Failure to Report Family Violence, 26 N. Ky. L. Rev. 43-65 (1999)

Battered Spouses' Damage Actions Against Unresponsive South African Police, 114 SALJ 356-70 (1997)

Reporting Sex Abuse Allegations, Louisville Courier-Journal, Jan. 3, 1996, at A7

Battered Spouses' Damage Actions Against Non-Reporting Physicians, 45 DePaul L. Rev. 191-262 (1996)

Trains, Trucks, Trees and Shrubs: Vision-Blocking Natural Vegetation and A Landowner's Duty to Those Off The Premises, 39 Vill. L. Rev. 601-32 (1994), reprinted in 45 Def. L.J. 463-96 (1996)

Battered Spouses' State Law Damage Actions Against the Unresponsive Police, 23 Rutgers L.J. 1-78 (1991)

Battered Spouses' Section 1983 Damage Actions Against the Unresponsive Police After DeShaney, 93 W. Va. L. Rev. 251-357 (1991)

Evidentiary Autopsies, 61 U. Colo. L. Rev. 567-624 (1990), reprinted in 40 Def. L.J. 251-317 (1991)

The Deliberative Process Privilege (written with Professor Russell L. Weaver), 54 Mo. L. Rev. 279-321 (1989)

Note, Ethical Problems for the Law Firm of a Former Government Attorney: Firm or Individual Disqualification?1977 Duke L.J. 512-31

Presentations

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Neuropsychological Nursing Class, School of Nursing, Indiana University Southeast, October 7, 2014, New Albany, Indiana. 

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Nursing 206 Class, Associate Degree Nursing Program, Jefferson Community & Technical College, September 9, 2014, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Abuse of Elders with Mental Illness: An Appraisal," 21st Belle R. & Joseph H. Braun Memorial Symposium: 2014 International Elder Law and Policy Conference, July 11, 2014, Chicago, Illinois.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Young Lawyer Section, Louisville Bar Association, May 28, 2014, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Occupational Therapy in Mental Health Class, Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, Jefferson Community & Technical College, March 25, 2014, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Nursing 206 Class, Associate Degree Nursing Program, Jefferson Community & Technical College, March 4, 2014, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Class, Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Bellarmine University, February 25, 2014, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment,"  joint meeting of Psychology Club and Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology, Indiana University Southeast, February 5, 2014, New Albany, Indiana. 

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Class, Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Bellarmine University, November 19, 2013, Louisville, Kentucky. 

"The Aging Mentally Ill:  Ensuring Adequate Mental Health Care," Third International Conference on Aging and Society, November 9, 2013, Chicago, Illinois (spoke with Elizabeth A. Richardson). 

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Neuropsychological Nursing Class, School of Nursing, Indiana University Southeast, October 8, 2013, New Albany, Indiana. 

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Nursing 206 Class, Associate Degree Nursing Program, Jefferson Community & Technical College, September 10, 2013, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," The Wyoming Consumer Conference 2013: "Traveling the Recovery Road:  Consumer and Professional Perspectives," May 17, 2013, Casper, Wyoming. 

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Class, Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Bellarmine University, April 2, 2013, Louisville, Kentucky. 

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Class, Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Bellarmine University, April 1, 2013, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Class, Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Bellarmine University, March 18, 2013, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Mental Health Day, Galen College of Nursing, March 6, 2013, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Nursing 206 Class, Associate Degree Nursing Program, Jefferson Community & Technical College, February 12, 2013, Louisville, Kentucky.  

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Psychiatry, Mental Health and the Law Class, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, January 15, 2013, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Psychosocial Health Conditions Class, Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy, Spalding University, January 14, 2013, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Mental Health Seminar, Galen College of Nursing, December 7, 2012, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Pediatric Primary Healthcare Graduate Nurse Practitioner Class, Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Bellarmine University, December 3, 2012, Louisville, Kentucky. 

Informal discussion, LPN class, Galen College of Nursing, November 29, 2012, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment,"  joint meeting of Psychology Club and Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology, Indiana University Southeast, November 15, 2012, New Albany, Indiana. 

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," 2012 Montana State Conference on Mental Illness, November 1, 2012, Helena, Montana. 

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Class, Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Bellarmine University, October 22, 2012, Louisville, Kentucky. 

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Class, Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Bellarmine University, October 18, 2012, Louisville, Kentucky. 

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Neuropsychological Nursing Class, School of Nursing, Indiana University Southeast, October 9, 2012, New Albany, Indiana. 

"Memoirs About Madness:  Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Memoirs and Movies in Mental Illness Class, American Experience Seminar, Bellarmine College of Arts and Sciences, Bellarmine University, October 3, 2012, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Class, Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Bellarmine University, October 2, 2012, Louisville, Kentucky. 

“Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment,” Grand Rounds, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Louisville, September 27, 2012, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Mental Health Day, Galen College of Nursing, September 14, 2012, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Nursing 206 Class, Associate Degree Nursing Program, Jefferson Community & Technical College, September 4, 2012, Louisville, Kentucky.  

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," 26th Annual Meeting, NAMI Alabama, August 24, 2012, Montgomery, Alabama. 

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Mental Health Day, Galen College of Nursing, spoke twice on June 25, 2012, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Psychopathology Class, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville, June 20, 2012, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Mental Health and Wellness Program, May 20, 2012, Louisville, Kentucky. 

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Class, Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Bellarmine University, April 4, 2012, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Psychosocial Health Conditions Class, Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy, Spalding University, April 3, 2012, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Class, Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Bellarmine University, March 27, 2012, Louisville, Kentucky. 

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Class, Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Bellarmine University, March 26, 2012, Louisville, Kentucky. 

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Mental Health Day, Galen College of Nursing, March 22, 2012, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Occupational Therapy in Mental Health Class, Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, Jefferson Community & Technical College, February 9, 2012, Louisville, Kentucky. 

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Nursing 206 Class, Associate Degree Nursing Program, Jefferson Community & Technical College, January 31, 2012, Louisville, Kentucky.  

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Pediatric Primary Healthcare Graduate Nurse Practitioner Class, Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Bellarmine University, November 21, 2011, Louisville, Kentucky. 

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Occupational Therapy in Mental Health Class, Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, Jefferson Community & Technical College, November 9, 2011, Louisville, Kentucky. 

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Interventions in Mental Health Class, Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, Brown Mackie College, November 7, 2011, Louisville, Kentucky. 

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Psychosocial Health Conditions Class, Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy, Spalding University, October 25, 2011, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Neuropsychological Nursing Class, School of Nursing, Indiana University Southeast, October 11, 2011, New Albany, Indiana. 

"Understanding the Stigma of Mental Illness," Common Experience Program, Indiana University Southeast, September 20, 2011, New Albany, Indiana.

Spoke with Mary E. Malone, Professor of Nursing, Jefferson Community & Technical College for Mental Health America of Kentucky (MHAKY) on "Mental Health and Stigma:  Depression and Diabetes," Cross Baptist Church, September 18, 2011, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Class, Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Bellarmine University, September 16, 2011, Louisville, Kentucky. 

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Class, School of Nursing, University of Louisville, September 14, 2011, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Nursing 206 Class, Associate Degree Nursing Program, Jefferson Community & Technical College, September 6, 2011, Louisville, Kentucky. 

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Interventions in Mental Health Class, Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, Brown Mackie College, July 21, 2011, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Psychopathology Class, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville, July 13, 2011, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," joint meeting of Psychosocial Health Conditions Class, Auerbach School of Occupational Therapy, and Abnormal Psychology Class, School of Professional Psychology, Spalding University, April 21, 2011, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Class, Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Bellarmine University, April 4, 2011, Louisville, Kentucky. 

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Class, Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Bellarmine University, March 29, 2011, Louisville, Kentucky. 

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Nursing 206 Class, Associate Degree Nursing Program, Jefferson Community & Technical College, February 15, 2011, Louisville, Kentucky. 

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Psychopathology Class, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville, February 3, 2011, Louisville, Kentucky. 

 "Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Class, School of Nursing, University of Louisville, February 2, 2011, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Interventions in Mental Health Class, Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, Brown Mackie College, January 25, 2011, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Neuropsychological Nursing Class, School of Nursing, Indiana University Southeast, November 30, 2010, New Albany, Indiana. 

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Pediatric Primary Healthcare Graduate Nurse Practitioner Class, Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Bellarmine University, November 22, 2010, Louisville, Kentucky. 

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment,"  joint meeting of Psychology Club and Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology, Indiana University Southeast, November 10, 2010, New Albany, Indiana.

Spoke with George B. Walton, Esq. and Dr. Rifaat S. El-Mallakh, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Louisville School of Medicine for Speaker's Bureau of Mental Health America of Kentucky (MHAKY) on "Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Diversity Forum Series, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, October 26, 2010, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Class, Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Bellarmine University, September 24, 2010, Louisville, Kentucky. 

Spoke with Professor Ray D. Madoff, Boston College Law School on "The Rights of the Dead" on "State of Affairs," WFPL radio, August 2, 2010, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Psychopathology Class, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville, June 9, 2010, Louisville, Kentucky. 

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Socrates Club, May 10, 2010, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Intelligence and Insanity:  Phi Beta Kappas With Madness in the Academy," Phi Beta Kappa Association of Kentuckiana, May 4, 2010, Louisville, Kentucky. 

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment,"  joint meeting of Psychology Club and Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology, Indiana University Southeast, April 14, 2010, New Albany, Indiana.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," joint meeting of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Class and Primary Care of the Adolescent Graduate Nurse Practitioner Class, Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Bellarmine University, April 12, 2010, Louisville, Kentucky. 

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Masterpieces of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries Class, Division of Humanities, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Louisville, April 1, 2010, Louisville, Kentucky.  

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment,"  Listen and Learn Speakers Series, Ivy Tech Community College of Southern Indiana, March 16, 2010, Sellersburg, Indiana. 

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Class, Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Bellarmine University, March 16, 2010, Louisville, Kentucky. 

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Class, School of Nursing, University of Louisville, February 17, 2010, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Psychopathology Class, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville, January 21, 2010, Louisville, Kentucky. 

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Psychopathology Class, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville, July 8, 2009, Louisville, Kentucky. 

Spoke about the professional success of some who secretly suffer from severe mental illness for a training class, Crisis Intervention Team, Louisville Metropolitan Police Department, Louisville, Kentucky, March 3, 2009.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Jim Jones speaks at NAMI Walk Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Class, School of Nursing, University of Louisville, February 23, 2009, Louisville, Kentucky.

Spoke about the professional success of some who secretly suffer from severe mental illness for a training class, Crisis Intervention Team, Louisville Metropolitan Police Department, Louisville, Kentucky, February 3, 2009.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Annual Staff Gathering, The Center for Supported Living, Seven Counties Services, Inc., January 16, 2009, Louisville, Kentucky. 

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Annual Meeting, Association of American Law Schools (AALS), Sections on Law and Mental Disability and Law and Disability, program on "Law Professor Narratives of Mental Illness," January 8, 2009, San Diego, California. 

"A Mental Health Primer for Student Services Professionals," Annual Meeting, Association of American Law Schools (AALS), Section on Student Services, program on "Pluralism and the Student Services Professional," January 7, 2009, San Diego, California.

Spoke with The Honorable Susan Schultz Gibson, Jefferson Circuit Court, Division 12, Elizabeth A. Garcia-Gray, M.D. and Marsha D. Wilson, C.S.W., Seven Counties Services, Inc. on "Living With a Mental Illness" on "State of Affairs," WFPL radio, November 7, 2008, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Annual Meeting, Indiana Conference of Rehabilitative Psychiatric Services (ICORPS), November 6, 2008, Columbus, Indiana.

“Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment,” undergraduate and graduate Psychology and Social Work students, Spalding University, October 29, 2008, Louisville, Kentucky.

Spoke about the professional success of some who secretly suffer from severe mental illness for a training class, Crisis Intervention Team, Louisville Metropolitan Police Department, Louisville, Kentucky, October 21, 2008.

Spoke with The Honorable Susan Schultz Gibson, Jefferson Circuit Court, Division 12 on “Two Voices, Two Perspectives:  Mental Illness, Treatment and Recovery" as the Mental llness Awareness Week Program for NAMI Louisville, October 6, 2008.

“Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment,” Grand Rounds, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Louisville, September 25, 2008, Louisville, Kentucky.

Keynote speaker, NAMI Walk, September 13, 2008, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment,” Psychopathology Class, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville, September 11, 2008, Louisville, Kentucky.

Spoke about the professional success of some who secretly suffer from severe mental illness for a training class, Crisis Intervention Team, Louisville Metropolitan Police Department, August 26, 2008, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," clinical staff, Wellspring, July 17, 2008, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Governor's Scholars Program session, Bellarmine University, July 2, 2008, Louisville, Kentucky.

"Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," Psychopathology Class, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville, June 4, 2008, Louisville, Kentucky.

Psychiatry, Mental Health and the Law Class, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, April 15, 2008, Louisville, Kentucky, spoke on "Severe Mental Illness in the Academy: A Law Professor's Story."

Student Health Law Association, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, spoke on March 19, 2008 on "Severe Mental Illness in the Academy: A Law Professor's Story."

Gould School of Law, University of Southern California, spoke on March 11, 2008 on "Severe Mental Illness in the Academy: A Law Professor's Story."

Symposium on Integrating Responses to Domestic Violence conducted at the Loyola University of New Orleans School of Law and co-sponsored by that institution and the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic Violence, spoke on October 27, 2000 on "Integrating Domestic Violence Issues Into the Law School Torts Curriculum."

Council on Health Services and Policy Research, University of Louisville School of Medicine, spoke on April 25, 2000 on "Reporting Family Violence in Kentucky."

Conference on Violence Against Women from a Domestic and International Perspective, sponsored by the University of Louisville Women's Center, spoke on March 30, 2000 on "Reporting Family Violence in Kentucky."

Grand Rounds for the Department of Psychiatry, University of Louisville, spoke on December 9, 1999 on "Reporting Family Violence in Kentucky."

Educational Staff Meeting for Faculty, Staff and Students of Outpatient Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of Louisville, spoke on October 28, 1999 on "Reporting Family Violence in Kentucky."

Legal Ethics class, School of Allied Health, University of Louisville, spoke on October 21, 1999 on "Reporting Family Violence in Kentucky."

Fourth Annual Postgraduate Clinical Forensic Medicine Conference, which was sponsored by the Kentucky Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians and the American College of Emergency Physicians in association with the Division of Forensic Pathology, University of Louisville School of Medicine and the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Louisville School of Medicine, spoke on June 3, 1997 on "Liability Issues Related to the Nonreporting of Domestic Violence."

Commission on the Status of Women and The Women's Studies Program, University of Louisville, program on Woman Battering: An Exploration of the Issues, November 7, 1996, spoke on "Liability Suits As An Incentive to Law Enforcement."

University of Louisville School of Law, Back to Law School Faculty Colloquium, Professionalism and Ethics: The Special Challenges of Specialization, October 18, 1996, Louisville, Kentucky, spoke on "Conflicts and Responsibilities in Domestic Violence Cases."

National College of District Attorneys, Sixth Annual National Conference on Domestic Violence, October 16, 1996, Atlanta, Georgia, spoke on "Professional Liability in Domestic Violence Situations."

Jefferson County, Kentucky Office for Women, 1996 Domestic Violence Conference, April 19, 1996, Louisville, Kentucky, spoke on "Failure to Protect? Rights, Responsibilities, and Liabilities of Professionals."

University and Community Service

Associate Editor, Volume 2, Issue 4; Volume 3, Issue 1, The International Journal of Aging and Society

Member, Board of Advisors, Mental Health Law & Policy Journal 2011-present

Member, Board of Advisors, Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics 2010-present

Member, Board of Directors, Mental Health America of Kentucky (MHAKY) 2007-2013

Facilitator; Member, Board of Directors; Vice President; Manic Depressive and Depressive Association of Louisville, Inc. 2006-present

Member, Board of Directors, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Louisville 2008-2009

Member, Civil Remedies Committee of the Governor's Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault 2002-03

University Parking Appeals Committee 1987-2004 (chair 1991-2003)

University Staff Grievance Hearing Officer 1992-2003


University Parking Planning and Policy Committee 1991-2001

Law School Faculty Advisor, Juris Doctor/Master of Science in Social Work Dual Degree Program 2011-present

Law School Reinstatement and Probation Committee 1989-2004, 2005-2011, 2013-15 (chair 1993-95, 2001-04, 2005-08; alternate 2013)


Law School Student Grievance Committee 2014-15

Law School Library Committee 1988-91, 1992-94, 1995-2000, 2007-15 (chair 1990-91, 1992-94)

Law School Law Library Personnel Committee 2011-14

Law School Economic Welfare Committee 2008-2013 (chair 2011- 2012)

Law School Faculty Excellence Committee 2011-12

Law School Curriculum Committee 2005-08   

Law School Pirtle-Washer Moot Court Advisor 1986-93, 1995-97, 1998-2003, 2006-07

Law School Student Development and Academic Support Committee 1990-2004 (chair 1993-2003)

Law School International Law Opportunities Committee 1997-2002 (co-chair 1998-2001)