Dennis E. Cichon

Dennis E. Cichon

Professor

B.S. Grand Valley State College 1976
J.D. Ohio State University 1981
LL.M. Temple University 1987

cichond@cooley.edu

Professor Cichon taught at the University of South Dakota School of Law before his appointment to the Cooley faculty. He has also served as a visiting professor at the Ohio State University College of Law and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Before entering the teaching profession, Professor Cichon was a staff attorney for the Ohio Legal Rights Service.

While in South Dakota, Professor Cichon was appointed to serve as principal draftsperson of the South Dakota Mental Health Code. He has authored a book and several articles on law and disabilities and has presented papers on both a national and international level.

Professor Cichon serves on the Advisory Council of the Michigan Protection and Advocacy Services. He is a recipient of the Stanley E. Beattie Teaching Award. He teaches Contracts I and II, Secured Transactions, Federal Disabilities Law, Law and the Mental Health System, and Special Education Law.

Bibliography

Articles

Cichon, Dennis E., "Encouraging a Culture of Caring for Children with Disabilities: A Cooperative Approach," 25 J LEGAL MED 39 (2004).

Cichon, Dennis E., "The Ignored Population: Children in the Mental Health System," 17 T M COOLEY L REV LD 9 (2000).

Cichon, Dennis E., et al, "Recipient Rights Under the New Michigan Mental Health Code," 17 MICH ADMIN LQ (1997).

Cichon, Dennis E., "Developing a Mental Health Code for Minors," 13 T M COOLEY L REV 529 (1996).

Cichon, Dennis E., "The Right to 'Just Say No': A History and Analysis of the Right to Refuse Antipsychotic Drugs," 53 LA L REV 283 (1992).

Cichon, Dennis E., "The Potential Impact of Harper v. Washington on South Dakota's Statutory Right to Refuse Psychiatric Treatment," 36 SD L REV 478 (1991).

Cichon, Dennis E., "The Eighth Circuit and Professional Judgment: Retrenchment of the Constitutional Right to Refuse Antipsychotic Medication," 22 CREIGHTON L REV 889 (1989).

Cichon, Dennis E., "Educability and Education: Filling the Cracks in Service Provision Responsibility Under the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975," 48 OHIO ST LJ 1089 (1987).

Books and Chapters in Books

Cichon, Dennis E., LAW AND MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS, American Psychological Association (2002).

Cichon, Dennis E., THE MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT OF MINORS: A NEW APPROACH IN SOUTH DAKOTA, The USD Law School Foundation (1995).

Cichon, Dennis E., draftsperson, SOUTH DAKOTA CODIFIED LAWS: TITLE 27A (THE SOUTH DAKOTA MENTAL HEALTH CODE) (1991).

Book Reviews and Other Short Works

Cichon, Dennis E., "An Analysis of Washington v Harper," in THE RIGHTS TENET. Washington, DC: National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy (1990). Reprinted in SOUTH DAKOTA REPORT, South Dakota Advocacy Services, Inc. (1990).

Other Writings

Cichon, Dennis E. DISABILITIES LAW: CASES AND MATERIALS. Cooley Law School (1996).

Cichon, Dennis E. A ROADMAP OF SOUTH DAKOTA'S REVISED MENTAL HEALTH CODE: THE INVOLUNTARY COMMITMENT AND VOLUNTARY HOSPITALIZATION OF ADULTS. Rapid City, SD: South Dakota Mental Health Outreach Network (1994).

Cichon, Dennis E. IMPROVEMENT OF SOUTH DAKOTA'S METAL HEALTH SERVICES DELIVERY SYSTEM: SUGGESTED STATUTORY REVISIONS: COMMITTEE REPORT. Rapid City, SD: South Dakota Advocacy Services and Department of Human Services (1994).

Cichon, Dennis E. AN ANALYSIS OF SOUTH DAKOTA'S MENTAL HEALTH STATUTES GOVERNING THE VOLUNTARY COMMITMENT OF MINORS AND ADULTS: COMMITTEE REPORT. Rapid City, SD: South Dakota Statutes Review Committee (1990).

Cichon, Dennis E. A REVIEW AND ANALYSIS OF ISSUES AFFECTING THE SUBSTANTIVE CRITERIA FOR INVOLUNTARY CIVIL COMMITMENT: COMMITTEE REPORT. Rapid City, SD: South Dakota Statutes Review Committee (1990).

Cichon, Dennis E. THE VOLUNTARY AND INVOLUNTARY COMMITMENT OF MINORS FOR MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT: COMMENTARY AND PROPOSALS: COMMITTEE REPORT. Rapid City, SD: South Dakota Statutes Review Committee (1990).

Cichon, Dennis E. ANTIPSYCHOTIC MEDICATION: BENEFITS AND ADVERSE EFFECTS: COMMITTEE REPORT. Rapid City, SD: South Dakota Statutes Review Committee (1990).

Presentations

Cichon, Dennis E., "Shaping the Law to Improve Mental Health Services for children and their Families," presented at Second International Conference on Therapeutic Jurisprudence, Cincinnati, Ohio (May, 2001) Cichon, Dennis E., "Falling Through the Cracks: Accessing Mental Health Services for Children and Their Families," presented at XXV International Congress on Law and Mental Health, Siena, Italy (July 2000).

Cichon, Dennis E., "Individuals with Disabilities: Legal and Treatment Issues," organized and presented paper at the Law and Mental Health Symposium sponsored by Cooley Law School, Lansing, Michigan (October 1999).

Cichon, Dennis E., Arbitrator, Sixth Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Vienna, Austria (April 1999).

Cichon, Dennis E., "Testimony Before Michigan Department of Community Health on proposed administrative rules addressing the right of involuntarily committed patients to refuse treatment with psychotropic drugs," Lansing, Michigan (October 1998).

Cichon, Dennis E., "Improving Mental Health Services for Children," presented at XXIII International Congress on Law and Mental Health, Paris, France (June 1998).

Cichon, Dennis E., "Community Mental Health Services," presented at Disability Rights Conference, Ann Arbor, Michigan (October 1997).

Cichon, Dennis E., "Consumer Rights Under the Michigan Mental Health Code," presented at Annual Conference of Michigan Alliance for the Mentally Ill and Michigan Mental Health Association, Lansing, Michigan (May 1997).

Cichon, Dennis E., "Third-Party Admissions of Minors Into Psychiatric Facilities," presented at XXII International Congress on Law and Mental Health, Montreal, Canada (June 1997).

Cichon, Dennis E., Arbitrator, Fourth Annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Vienna, Austria (April 1997).

Cichon, Dennis E., "Psychiatric Hospitalization of Children," presented at Alternatives '95 Annual Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota (August 1995).

Cichon, Dennis E., "Mental Patients' Rights and Responsibilities," presented at Conference for South Dakota Consumers, Attorneys and Mental Health Professionals, Rapid City, South Dakota (April 1995).

Cichon, Dennis E., "South Dakota's Revised Mental Health Code," presented at Conference for South Dakota Consumers, Attorneys, and Mental Health Professionals, Rapid City, South Dakota (October 1994).

Cichon, Dennis E., "The Role of the Clinical Psychologist in South Dakota's Mental Health Law System," presented at University of South Dakota's Clinical Psychology Program, Vermillion, South Dakota (November 1991).

Cichon, Dennis E., panelist, "Mental Health Revisions: Continuing Legal Education Program," presented at State Bar of South Dakota, Sioux Falls, South Dakota (June 1991).

Cichon, Dennis E., "Testimony Before South Dakota Legislature, Judiciary Committee on Rewrite of S.D.C.L. Title 27A, South Dakota Mental Health Laws," Sioux Falls, South Dakota (January 1991).

Cichon, Dennis E., "Civil Commitment, Competency and Involuntary Treatment," presented at National Conference for legal Medical and Mental Health Professionals and Consumers, St. Paul, Minnesota (September 1989).

Cichon, Dennis E., "Advocacy for the Disabled," presented at University of South Dakota Communication Disorders Program, Vermillion, South Dakota (April 1989).

Cichon, Dennis E., "Modifying State Civil Commitment Legislation," presented at the Iowa State Legislature, Iowa City, Iowa (January 1989).

Cichon, Dennis E., "Right to Refuse Medical Interventions and Informed Consent," presented at National Conference for Legal, Medical and Mental Health Professionals and Consumers, Portland, Oregon (1988).

Cichon, Dennis E., "Commitment of the Homeless Mentally Ill," presented at Law and Mentally Ill Homeless Symposium, Columbus, Ohio (February 1988).

Cichon, Dennis E., "Outpatient Civil Commitment," presented at South Dakota Mental Health Statutes Update Symposium, Yankton, South Dakota (June 1987).

Cichon, Dennis E., "Guilty But Mentally Ill," presented at Judges' In-State Training Program, Pierre, South Dakota (May 1987).

Cichon, Dennis E., "Forced Medication," presented at South Dakota Statutes Affecting Mentally Ill Citizens Symposium, Sioux Falls, South Dakota (December 1986).

Cichon, Dennis E., "Teacher Rights and Responsibilities Under the Education for All Handicapped Children Act," presented at University of South Dakota School of Education, Vermillion, South Dakota (September 1986).

 

Real-World Experience

Experience: Staff attorney for the Ohio Legal Rights Service, Advisory Council of the Michigan Protection and Advocacy Services

Courses: Contracts I and II, Secured Transactions, Federal Disabilities Law, Law and the Mental Health System, and Special Education Law


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