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Samuel Jan Brakel

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Samuel Jan Brakel teaches at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and is a Policy Advisor to The Heartland Institute.

Samuel Jan Brakel, J.D., is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School (1968), a former Research Fellow at the American Bar Foundation, Professor and Director of Research of the Health Law Institute at DePaul University College of Law, Vice President of Management, Legal Affairs and Project Development at the Isaac Ray Center and CEO and Director of Education of the Isaac Ray Forensic Group — all in Chicago, as well.

His specialties are in the areas of Mental Health Law, Correctional Law, Constitutional Law, Tort Law reform and Legal Aid for low income people. Professor Brakel has published widely in each of these areas, including six books, multiple book chapters and over 70 articles in journals ranging from the American Bar Foundation Research Journal, the American Bar Association Journal, The New England Journal of Criminal and Civil Confinement, the American Criminal Law Quarterly, the Georgia Law Review, the St. Louis University Law Journal, the New Mexico Law Review, the Journal of The American Academy of Psychiatry and Law, the British Journal of Psychiatry, the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry and many others.

Brakel has testified before Congress and the Board of Directors of the Legal Services Corporation and has published op-eds in The Wall Street Journal and the Chicago Tribune. He currently teaches part-time in the forensic psychiatry fellowship program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

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