Committee on Legal Issues 2011 Annual Report
3rd Year Class: Mary Alice Conroy, PhD; David S. DeMatteo, JD, PhD; Eugene F. Griffin, JD, PhD
2nd Year Class: Michael J. Jenuwine, JD, PhD; Charlotte J. Patterson, PhD; Lisa Drago Piechowski, PhD
1st Year Class: Lori J. Butts, JD, PhD; Craig R. Lareau, JD, PhD; Marc W. Pearce, JD, PhD
COLI convened two meetings in 2011 on March 25-26 and November 4-5, in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the APA Consolidated Meetings.
Summary of COLI Activities
COLI Amicus Review
COLI reviewed and issued recommendations to the Board of Directors concerning APA involvement as amicus curiae in cases, as follows:
Donaldson v. Montana (Montana Supreme Court)
Six same-sex couples in this case are seeking the protection of state-recognized domestic partnerships (i.e., a finding under the state constitution’s provisions, such as its guarantees of equal protection and privacy, that denial to same-sex couples of the rights and benefits that accrue to married different-sex couples is unconstitutional).
Gill v. Office of Personnel Management (U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit)
At issue is the constitutionality of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the section that defines the term “marriage,” for all federal purposes, as "a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife" and thus requires the federal government to disregard marriages of same-sex couples.
Michigan v. Kowalski (Michigan Supreme Court)
At issue is the reliability and relevance of expert testimony on false confessions.
Perry v. New Hampshire (U.S. Supreme Court) and Commonwealth v. Walker (Pennsylvania Supreme Court)
At issue in both cases is expert testimony regarding the reliability of eyewitness identification.
Coble v. Texas (U.S. Supreme Court)
At issue is the reliability of expert testimony on risk of “future dangerousness” in a death penalty case – certiorari denied
Facilitating APA/ABA Relations
COLI continued to explore current psychological/legal issues that may be appropriate for future APA/ABA collaboration.
Judicial Ambassadors Initiative
This judicial outreach initiative provides forums for building more effective relationships between the psychological and judicial communities. Efforts were made in 2011 to collaborate with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ). NCJFCJ’s 74th Annual Conference took place in New York in July 2011, and arrangements were made to send two judicial ambassadors. COLI member, Mary Alice Conroy, PhD, presented on the topic of Junk Science in the Courts, and Carola Suarez-Orozco, PhD, Chair of the APA Presidential Task Force on Immigration, presented on issues at the intersection of law and psychology regarding immigration. Both sessions were well attended and well received.
COLI, during the 2011 APA Convention in Washington, D.C., sponsored two programs as follows:
You Are Commanded to Appear: Responding to a Subpoena
COLI members, David DeMatteo, JD, PhD; Mary Alice Conroy, PhD, and Michael Jenuwine, JD, PhD, served as participants
Legal and Ethical Issues in Telepsychology
The session was a COLI/Ethics continuing education program. Participants included COLI members: David DeMatteo, JD, PhD; Mary Alice Conroy, PhD, and Michael Jenuwine, JD, PhD. Ethics panelists included Lindsay Childress-Beatty, JD, PhD, and Cynthia Sturm, PhD.
COLI Reviewed and Provided Comments on APA Statements, Guidelines, Proposed Policies, Reports, and Other Issues
Guidelines for the Conduct of President-Elect Nominations and Elections
Report of the Presidential Task Force on Immigration
Proposed Resolution on Family Caregivers
Report of the Convention Task Force
Psychology Accreditation/Quality Assurance Accord
National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula
National Standards for High School Psychology Curricula Performance
Guidelines for Preparing High School Psychology Teachers: Course-Based and Standards-Based Approaches
Proposed Revisions to the CRSPPP Principles for Specialty Recognition
Petition for Recognition of Group Psychology as Proficiency
Petition for Recognition of Clinical Health Psychology as a Specialty
Recognition of Psychotherapy Effectiveness
Structure and Function of an Interdisciplinary Team for Persons with Acquired Brain Injury
Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology
Prevention Science and Practice Guidelines
Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing
APA Guidelines for Ethical Conduct in the Care and Use of Nonhuman Animals in Research
Call for Questions to the President-Elect Candidates
Education and Training Guidelines: Taxonomy for Education and Training in Professional Psychology from the Commission for the Recognition of Specialties in Professional Psychology (CRSPPP)
Master’s Level Education in Psychology
Guidelines for Assuring Quality and Accounting for Learning
Science and Human Rights Coalition 2012-2014 Action Plan
Resolution on Combination Biomedical and Behavioral Approaches to Optimize HIV Prevention
Final Report of the Presidential Task Force on Reducing and Preventing Discrimination Against and Enhancing Benefits of Inclusion of People Whose Social Identities are Marginalized in U.S. Society
Proposed Resolution on Interrogations of Criminal Suspects