Mark J. Heyrman

Mark Heyrman is an expert in mental health law, trial advocacy, and legislative policy, as well as clinical legal education. He has been the Director of the Mental Health Advocacy Project of the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic since 1978. He also teaches Law and the Mental Health System and, with the other clinical teachers, Pre-Trial Advocacy and an Intensive Trial Practice Workshop.

Heyrman is a member of the mental health committees of the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association. He was member of the board of the Mental Health America from 2004 to 2010 and chair of its Public Policy Committee from 2007 to 2010. He remains a member of that committee.  He is past president of the Mental Health America of Illinois, a current member of its board and chair of its Public Policy Committee. He also is a member and immediate past chairperson of the Illinois Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council and founder and facilitator of the Mental Health Summit. In 1988, he served as executive director of the Governor's Commission to Revise the Mental Health Code of Illinois.

Heyrman has been actively involved in the clinical legal education movement. He was one of the founders of the Clinical Legal Education Association and served on its board for seven years.

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