Inmate Mental Health Project
Following a year practicing criminal law, Heyrman returned to the Law School as clinical teacher in 1978. His principal responsibilities involve teaching effective advocacy to students of the Law School’s Mandel Clinic through supervising these students in litigation and legislative advocacy on behalf of persons with mental illness. He also teaches Law and the Mental Health System and, with the other clinical teachers, Pre-Trial Advocacy and an Intensive Trial Practice Workshop.
Heyrman is a member of the mental health committees of the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association. He was member of the board of the Mental Health America from 2004 to 2010 and chair of its Public Policy Committee from 2007 to 2010. He remains a member of that committee. He is past president of the Mental Health America of Illinois, a current member of its board and chair of its Public Policy Committee. He also is a member and immediate past chairperson of the Illinois Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council and founder and facilitator of the Mental Health Summit. In 1988, he served as executive director of the Governor’s Commission to Revise the Mental Health Code of Illinois.
Heyrman has been actively involved in the clinical legal education movement. He was one of the founders of the Clinical Legal Education Association and served on its board for seven years. He has worked to use the accreditation process to encourage law schools to devote more of their resources to preparing students to practice law ethically and effectively.