Developments in Mental Health Law

Articles from Vol. 28, No. 2, July

Competency of Death Row Inmates to Waive the Right to Appeal: A Proposal to Scrutinize the Motivations of Death Row Volunteers and to Consider the Impact of Death Row Syndrome in Determining Competency
See, I want to waive my appeals because I am guilty of murder. I think that I should be executed for what I have done and not because I am supposedly tortured with ultrasound or whatever. I am guilty of murder. I should be executed. That is all there...
Cosmetic Surgery on Patients with Body Dysmorphic Disorder: Cutting the Tie That Binds
"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it." (1) I. Introduction Cosmetic surgery performed on patients with body dysmorphic disorder ("BDD")--a mental disorder where individuals are preoccupied with imagined or exaggerated physical flaws-raises...
Understanding and Applying Virginia's New Statutory Civil Commitment Criteria
In 2008, Virginia's General Assembly enacted significant amendments to the Commonwealth's civil commitment statute, based on the recommendations of the Commission on Mental Health Law Reform (the "Commission"). This Article is designed to review the...