Heathcote Woolsey Wales

Professor Emeritus

A.B., University of North Carolina; J.D., University of Chicago

Areas of Expertise:

Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Procedure, Interdisciplinary, Psychology and Psychiatry

Professor Wales is perhaps best known to students for his performances with the Georgetown Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Off-stage, he teaches Constitutional Law, Criminal Law,...

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Professor Wales is perhaps best known to students for his performances with the Georgetown Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Off-stage, he teaches Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Law and Psychiatry, and Law and Social Science at the Law Center. Before joining the faculty, he was an associate professor at the University of Mississippi. He also has been a visiting professor at the University of Colorado, the University of Texas Law Schools, and the University of Heidelberg. His recent writings focus on mental health courts and issues concerning persons with mental illness in the criminal justice system. He has also been active on committees of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychology-Law Society relating to the presentation of expert psychological information in the courts.

Recent Scholarship

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Heathcote W. Wales, Virginia Aldigé Hiday & Bradley Ray, Longer-Term Impacts of Mental Health Courts: Recidivism Two Years After Exit, 67 Psychiatric Servs. 378-383 (2016).   
  • Heathcote W. Wales, Virginia Aldigé Hiday & Bradley Ray, Predictors of Mental Health Court Graduation, 20 Psych. Pub. Pol'y & L. 191-199 (2014).    [W]
  • Heathcote W. Wales, Virginia Aldige Hiday & Bradley Ray, Procedural Justice and the Mental Health Court Judge's Role in Reducing Recidivism, 33 Int'l J.L. & Psychiatry 265-271 (2010).   

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Heathcote W. Wales & Virginia Aldigé Hiday, Mental Illness and the Law, in Handbook of the Sociology of Mental Health 563-582 (Carol S. Aneshensel, Jo C. Phelan & Alex Bierman eds., New York: Springer 2d ed. 2013).    [BOOK]
  • Heathcote W. Wales & Virginia Aldigé Hiday, The Criminalization of Mental Illness, in Applied Research and Evaluation in Community Mental Health Services: An Update of Key Research Domains 80-93 (Evelyn R. Vingilis & Stephen A. State eds., Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press 2011).    [BOOK]
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Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • Heathcote W. Wales, Virginia Aldigé Hiday & Bradley Ray, Longer-Term Impacts of Mental Health Courts: Recidivism Two Years After Exit, 67 Psychiatric Servs. 378-383 (2016).   
  • Heathcote W. Wales, Virginia Aldigé Hiday & Bradley Ray, Predictors of Mental Health Court Graduation, 20 Psych. Pub. Pol'y & L. 191-199 (2014).    [W]
  • Heathcote W. Wales, Virginia Aldige Hiday & Bradley Ray, Procedural Justice and the Mental Health Court Judge's Role in Reducing Recidivism, 33 Int'l J.L. & Psychiatry 265-271 (2010).   
  • Heathcote W. Wales, Causation in Medicine and Law: The Plight of the Iraq Veterans, 35 New Eng. J. on Crim. & Civ. Confinement 373-395 (2009).    [HEIN] [W]
  • Heathcote W. Wales, Oral Presentation, Upgrading Community Treatment Through a Mental Health Court, 7 BMC Psychiatry S35 (Supp. I 2007).   
  • Heathcote W. Wales & Virginia Aldigé Hiday, PLC or TLC: Is Outpatient Commitment the/an Answer?, 29 Int'l J.L. & Psychiatry 451-468 (2006).   
  • Heathcote W. Wales & Virginia Aldigé Hiday, Civil Commitment and Arrests, 16 Current Opinion Psychiatry 575-580 (2003).   
  • Heathcote W. Wales, 192 J. Nervous & Mental Disease 887-888 (2004) (reviewing Elyn R. Saks, Refusing Care: Forced Treatment and the Rights of the Mentally Ill (2002)).   

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • Heathcote W. Wales & Virginia Aldigé Hiday, Mental Illness and the Law, in Handbook of the Sociology of Mental Health 563-582 (Carol S. Aneshensel, Jo C. Phelan & Alex Bierman eds., New York: Springer 2d ed. 2013).    [BOOK]
  • Heathcote W. Wales & Virginia Aldigé Hiday, The Criminalization of Mental Illness, in Applied Research and Evaluation in Community Mental Health Services: An Update of Key Research Domains 80-93 (Evelyn R. Vingilis & Stephen A. State eds., Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press 2011).    [BOOK]

Selected Contributions to Other Publications

  • Heathcote W. Wales, Virginia Aldigé Hiday & Bradley Ray, Effectiveness of a Short-Term Mental Health Court: Criminal Recidivism One Year Postexit, 37 Law & Hum. Behav. 401-411 (2013).    [W]
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