Elyn Saks

Associate Dean and Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences

In 2007 I published a book called The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness, recounting my decades-long battle with schizophrenia. As I see it, people with mental illness are largely misunderstood, too often feared, and in need of more legal protection. By "coming out" as one of many high-functioning people with mental illness, I hoped to aid understanding. And through my scholarship about law and psychiatry, I hope to show how law helps people with mental illness engage with the world in an equitable and productive manner. My memoir, and other writing, led to a "genius grant" from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which I plan to use to help spread my message to lawmakers and others in the community.

Spring Break Justice Trip

Spring Break Justice Trip

Law students hit the road to provide legal resources

Art in the Court

Art in the Court

Prof. Jody Armour discusses the role of sketch artists in the courtroom

Law Day 2015

Law Day 2015

Apr 10, 2015 at 8:00 AM

Annual Awards Ceremony

Annual Awards Ceremony

Apr 20, 2015 at 12:00 PM

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John Peterson

John Peterson '95
Attorney, Riley Warnock & Jacobson
USC contacts opened the door for every opportunity that I have had in my legal career.