National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy

In Re. Jane Doe
A Forced Medication Hearing

Susan Stefan, Esq.
Dr. Joel Dvoskin
Mark Joyce, Esq.

This workshop will present a forced medication hearing based on transcripts of actual forced medication hearings. A transcript will be provided for attendees to follow along in the proceedings. The hearing will use a fact pattern which combines the fact patterns from actual hearings.  While the hearing will reflect the perfunctory nature of how many forced medication hearings are conducted in practice, at key points the proceedings will be stopped and potential lines of questioning and strategy will be discussed to suggest how attorneys could provide more effective legal advocacy.  Some areas that will be covered include strategies that will address both the issues of capacity and proposed involuntary medications when cross-examining medical experts.