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Mental Health Division Recruiting

Attorneys in the Mental Health Division (MHD) handle involuntary civil commitment cases that arise in the Superior Court.  PDS attorneys are initially appointed under the following circumstances:

  • When a person is detained in a mental hospital upon allegations that the person is a danger to self or others
  • To represent persons in post-commitment proceedings (including commitment reviews and outpatient revocation hearings)
  • During involuntary commitment proceedings of persons found incompetent to stand trial because of mental illness or mental retardation

The lawyers in this division also provide information to the Council of the District of Columbia on proposed mental health and mental retardation legislation, conduct training sessions on the rights of mentally ill persons involved in civil commitment actions, and provide legal assistance to CJA lawyers appointed by the court to handle involuntary civil commitment cases.

Apply now for an internship, law clerkship, or social work position with the Mental Health Division!