Representing the Client with Mental Illness

Published by Oakland County Bar Association


Handling a case in which a client has mental health and developmental disabilities or a substance abuse disorder can be challenging. Not only do these clients need legal help, they often require intervention from outside the legal system. This training provides an in-depth look at these resources as well as legal strategies for representing someone with a mental health condition.

Mary Kucharek, Esq.
Beier Howlett, P.C.
Merri Lee Jones, Esq.
Oakland County Bar Association
Kathleen Kovach
Deputy Director / COO Oakland Community Health Network
Dr. Nicole Lawson
Director of Clinical Practice, Oakland Community Health Network
Christina Nicholas
Director of Service Network SUD, Oakland Community Health Network
Cathie Yunker
Director of Access & Acute Care, Oakland Community Health Network
Heather Lewis
Oakland County Corporation Counsel
Deborah Monroe
Peer Support Specialist

Originally Published

February 1, 2019

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • Representing the Client with Mental Illness - Video
  • Representing the Client with Mental Illness - Handout

How To Attend

Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like. Please note: Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser. We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari for best results.

Technical Requirements

You may access this course on a computer or mobile device with high speed internet (iPhones require iOS 10 or higher). Recommended browsers are Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.


If applicable, you may obtain credit in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously for this program (see pending/approved list below). If electing credit for this program, registrants in jurisdictions not listed below will receive a Certificate of Completion that may or may not meet credit requirements in other jurisdictions. Where applicable, credit will be only awarded to a paid registrant completing all the requirements of the program as determined by the selected accreditation authority.

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