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Recorded September 16, 2020

Training Description:

In 2019, the Nevada legislature made major changes to the criminal law statutes which included the requirement that “each judge of the court receives training concerning ... [defendants’] behavioral health needs and intellectual or developmental disabilities.” (NRS 176.135(5))

Join Forensic Psychiatrist Melissa Piasecki to learn about the mental and developmental disabilities that are often the genesis of the criminal behavior we see in the defendants before us.


Melissa Piasecki, M.D., Executive Associate Dean and Professor of Psychiatry, University of Nevada Reno, School of Medicine

Who Should Attend:

This course is designed for all Nevada judges; however, court personnel are also invited to attend. NOTE: Meets Core Competency “Judicial Knowledge” (JK).

Continuing Education Credit:

1.0 SAMH CLE/CJE (Certificate of Attendance required to receive continuing legal/judicial education credit). NOTE: CLE credit for this course is approved through December 31, 2023, and will then be stale dated.


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