Academic journal article Law and Psychology Review

Introductory Comments

Academic journal article Law and Psychology Review

Introductory Comments

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Volume 35 is a landmark in the history of the Law & Psychology Review. The Editorial Board made each publication decision with an eye towards bridging our rich body of content in mental health law with broader psychological themes. With our first ever Symposium, The Right to Treatment and the Road Ahead: Reflections on the Close of Wyatt v. Stickney and Bryce Hospital, Volume 35 returns to our inception. In the Preface to Volume 1, Stanley Murphy gave "a special thanks to George W. Dean Jr., the legal architect of Wyatt v Stickney, for giving freely of his insights and encouragement throughout the editorial process." This Volume, too, owes much to the efforts of those involved in the groundbreaking Wyatt litigation. Jack Drake and Cliff Slaten, who served on the litigation teams for the plaintiffs and the State of Alabama, respectively, both provided content for our Symposium. Paul Davis draws on his experience covering Bryce Hospital for over 40 years as a journalist and columnist to craft a deeply personal narrative of the major influences of change. Faculty advisor Fred Vars provides a look at the very words of the patients themselves, who expressed their subversion through the pages of the Bryce News. Finally, Michael Perlin, among the foremost scholars in mental health law, argues that Wyatt's international impact may soon exceed its domestic impact.

In selecting our Contributed Articles, we happened upon three excellent works outside the field of mental health law. …

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