Annual Rubash Distinguished Lecture in Law and Social Work: Family Guide to Mental Illness and the Law: A Practical Handbook

Presenter: Linda Tashbook

Join University of Pittsburgh School of Law librarian, Linda Tashbook, for the annual Norman J. and Alice Chapman Rubash Distinguished Lecture in Law and Social Work at 6 p.m. on Thurs., Dec. 6 at Carnegie Library Lecture Hall.

Tashbook has been a law librarian at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law for more than twenty years. For all of that time, she has also had a pro bono law practice representing individual clients in disability claims and consumer matters and establishing and consulting for non-profit organizations. In 2008, she created the Homeless Law Blog which she continues to manage. This combination of work earned her the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Pro Bono Award in 2011.

She was drawn to law school and to working with people experiencing poverty and mental illness as a young public librarian at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh where she provided outreach to public housing communities and, with the literacy organization, Beginning with Books, established reading rooms and services at all of the family homeless shelters in Western Pennsylvania. At the University of Pittsburgh, she chairs the University Senate Committee on Benefits and Welfare and she established and also chairs the Mental Wellness Task Force. In the community, she is a volunteer attorney with Project H.E.L.P., Vice-President of NAMI FAMILIAS Pittsburgh East, and a member of the SOS Pittsburgh committee at Jewish Family and Community Service. She was inspired to write Family Guide to Mental Illness and the Law: A Practical Handbook by her many encounters with consumers of mental health services and their families and caseworkers over the years.

The Rubash Distinguished Lecture Series was established through a gift by Norman J. Rubash, a 1957 graduate of Pitt's Law School, and his wife, Alice Chapman Rubash, a 1956 graduate of Pitt's School of Social Work. In addition to the lecture series, the Rubashs created the Norman J. and Alice Chapman Rubash Clinical Legal Education Fund in the School of Law. Proceeds from that fund support clinical education in the Law School, especially programs that contribute to the resolution of cases involving children and the elderly.

A book signing will follow the lecture. The author’s current book will be available for sale from Classic Lines.

The Norman J. and Alice Chapman Rubash Distinguished Visitorship is the primary project supported by the fund which brings a figure in the field of law and social work to the University who participates in the teaching missions of both the Law and Social Work schools and delivers a public lecture to the community.

Partners: Carnegie Library, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, University of Pittsburgh Mental Wellness Task Force

Date and Times:
Thursday, December 6, 2018 at 6 p.m.

Carnegie Library Lecture Hall
4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, 15213


Free, with registration

Registration may also be completed via phone (412.622.8866)

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