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Elyn Saks

Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law and Professor of Law and Psychology

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-7572
Office: LAW 418



M.A. , Oxford University
M.Litt. Philosophy, Oxford University
B.A. , Vanderbilt University
J.D. , Yale University

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, 01/01/2003-  
Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psycholody, Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences, , 01/01/1998-  
Clinical Associate, Los Angeles Psschoanalytic Society and Institute, 01/01/1995-  
Professor of Law, Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences, , 01/01/1994-01/01/1998  
Associate Professor of Law, Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences, , 01/01/1993-01/01/1994  
Associate Professor, , 01/01/1991-01/01/1993  
Assistant Professor, USC Law School, 01/01/1989-01/01/1991  
Instructor, University of Bridgeport School of Law, 01/01/1987-01/01/1989  
Staff Attorney, Connecticut Legal Services at Bridgeport, 01/01/1986-01/01/1987  

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Professor Saks specializes in mental health law, criminal law, and family law; she is being trained as a psychoanalyst. Her recent publications include Jekyll on Trial: Multiple Personality Disorder and Criminal Law (with Stephen Behnke), Interpreting Interpretation: The Limits of Hermeneutic Psychoanalysis and "Competency to Decide on Treatment and Research: MacArthur and Beyond" (with Stephen H. Behnke). Prior to joining the faculty, she practiced family law with Connecticut Legal Services.
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