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Bernard P. Perlmutter

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Bernard P. Perlmutter

Bernard P. Perlmutter
Professor of Clinical Legal Education
J.D. 1983, University of Miami School of Law

Telephone: 305-284-4132   |   Office: F305
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Florida Youth Health Rights Handbook (2013).

More Therapeutic, Less Collaborative?: Asserting the Psychotherapist-Patient Privilege on Behalf of Mature Minors, 17 Barry L. Rev. 45 (2011).

Mental Health Commitment of Dependent Children: Due Process Rights, in Child Welfare Law and Practice: Representing Children, Parents, and State Agencies in Abuse, Neglect and Dependency Cases (Donald Duquette & Ann Haralambie, eds.) (2nd ed)(2010).

"Unchain the Children:" Gault, Therapeutic Jurisprudence, and Shackling, Symposium: Forty Years After In Re Gault: Do Kangaroo Courts Still Rule?, 9 Barry L. Rev. 1 (2007).

George's Story: Voice and Transformation Through the Teaching and Practice of Therapeutic Jurisprudence in a Law School Child Advocacy Clinic, 17 St. Thomas L. Rev. 561 (2005).

Mental Health Commitment of Dependent Children: Due Process Rights (with Carolyn S. Salisbury), in Child Welfare Law and Practice: Representing Children, Parents, and State Agencies in Abuse, Neglect and Dependency Cases 263 (Marvin Ventrell and Donald N. Duquette, eds., 2005).

"Please Let Me Be Heard:" The Right of a Florida Foster Child to Due Process Prior to Being Committed to a Long-Term, Psychiatric Institution (with Carolyn S. Salisbury), 25 Nova L. Rev. 725 (2001).


Intersections with Immigration Issues: Recognizing and Addressing Legal Barriers for Immigrants in Your Courtroom, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Mar. 2010

Psychotropic Medications: How to Be an Effective Advocate for Children in Dependency, Florida's Children First CLE, Ft. Lauderdale, Feb. 2010

Can a Juvenile Be Imprisoned for Life Without Possibility of Parole Under International Law?, University of Miami School of Law International Law Lecture Series, Miami, FL, Nov. 2009

Legal Challenges to Shackling Immigrant Children in Immigration Court, On Their Own: Fourth Annual Conference on Unaccompanied Immigrant Children, National Center for Refugee and Immigrant Children: Presentation Conditions of Confinement: Children's Mental Health, Medical Care and Rights panel (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, D.C., Oct. 2009

Representation to Realize Rights: A Summit on Counsel for Children in Miami: Health Rights of Children, University of Miami School of Law, Sept. 2009

Roles of the Child's Attorney and GAL and the Child's Perspective in Psychotropic Medication Hearings, Testimony to the DCF Gabriel Myers Working Group, Tampa, FL, Aug. 2009

"Unchain the Children": Toward a Human Rights and Therapeutic Jurisprudence Model of Advocacy to Unshackle Children in the Courtroom, 31st Congress on Law and Mental Health, International Academy of Law and Mental Health, NYU Law School, NY, June 2009

Procedural Rights of Children in State Care, Florida Bar CLE seminar on Psychotropic Medication Hearings in Dependency Court, Tampa, FL, May 2009

Juvenile Shackling: Legal and Psychological Perspectives, Mental Health and Juvenile Justice: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Forensic Cases Conference, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Miami, FL, Jan. 2009

Advancing the Human Rights and Well-Being of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children, Race, Ethnicity, and Place Conference: Panel presentation at Fourth Biennial Conference hosted by the University of Miami (November 2008)

Medicaid/EPSDT Advocacy for Dependent Children in Juvenile Court, Florida Statewide Guardian Ad Litem Program Webinar CLE Training (Oct. 2008)

Serving the Whole Child: The Roles of Attorney, CASA (Court-Appointed Special Advocate) and GAL (Guardian ad Litem), National Association of Counsel for Children's conference (Savannah GA, August 2008)

"Unchain the Children": Gault, Therapeutic Jurisprudence and Shackling, Justice and Policing in Diverse Societies Conference, San Juan, PR, June 2008

Ethical Issues in Representing Immigrant Children and Families, On Their Own: Third Annual Conference on Unaccompanied Immigrant Children (John Marshall Law School, Chicago, March 2008)

The Use of Therapeutic Jurisprudence and the TJ/Preventive Law Model in Law School Clinical Teaching in Juvenile and Family Law Clinics, Association of American Law Schools Conference on Clinical Legal Education, San Diego, CA, May 2004 (Perlmutter and Salisbury)

Legal Issues of Children and Adolescents in Health Care Matters, University of Miami School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, Dr. John T. McDonald Foundation, School Health Initiative, Dec. 2003

Representation of Dependent Children in Mental Health Commitment Proceedings, Tampa, FL Nov. 2003

Educational Stability for Children in State Custody: What Can Be Done for Foster Children and Why?, sponsored by Dade Community Foundation, Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., University of Miami School of Law Children & Youth Law Clinic, Nov. 2003

Educational Stability for Children in Foster Care, University of Miami School of Education, Office of Research and Programs, Miami, FL, Oct. 2003

"Whose Business is It Anyway?" The Law of Confidentiality and Information Sharing of a Child's Records, Florida Bar Public Interest Law Section Legal Needs of Children Committee/Florida Bar Presidential Showcase CLE, June 2003

Representing Abused, Abandoned, Neglected Unaccompanied Minors in State Court Proceedings, Continuing Legal Education Pro Bono Seminars held in January, 2003 (co-sponsored by Children & Youth Law Clinic, Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center and the American Immigration Lawyers Association; March, 2003 (co-sponsored by FIAC and Holland & Knight); and July, 2003 (co-sponsored by Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Broward Lawyers Care, and FIAC)