"Extending Atkins": Severe Mental Illness and the Death Penalty
Webinar Faculty: Aurelie Tabuteau Mangels, Mental Illness Initiative Fellow, American Bar Association
April 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm eastern (90 minutes)
About the Webinar: This session will explore policy reform efforts and litigation themes used by attorneys to extend the Atkins capital punishment bar to other categories of offenders, in particular individuals with severe mental illness. The webinar will include a brief review of the Atkins, Roper and Hall cases, with an emphasis on how their language can be extended to those with severe mental illness, a discussion of severe mental illness, an in-depth discussion of the legal and public policy arguments in favor of a severe mental illness categorical exemption and an overview of the current public policy reform effort.
About the Faculty: AURELIE TABUTEAU MANGELS is the Mental Illness Initiative Fellow within the American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Due Process Review Project, where she combines her interest in public policy reform and criminal justice. Mangels received her B.A. and her M.A. in Public Affairs from Sciences Po. in Paris, France. She began her career in criminal and capital defense in 2012, as a mitigation assistant intern to the National Mitigation Coordinator for federal death penalty projects in Oakland, California. There, she worked on capital cases and co-authored with Russell Stetler an article entitled “The ABA Guidelines: A Historical Perspective” published in Hofstra Law Review (Spring 2015). After graduating, Mangels worked as a strategy consultant for the consulting firm Accenture in Paris, France, before moving back to the United States and returning to her criminal defense interest. As the ABA Mental Illness Initiative fellow since September 2015, she works to support policy reform efforts to exempt individuals with severe mental illness from the death penalty and to educate legal professionals, policy makers, and the public on the subject of severe mental illness and the death penalty.