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Steinberg Lectures

In 1988, on the occasion of Charles E. Steinberg’s 70th birthday, and in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of psychiatry and the law, the Department of Psychiatry created the Charles E. Steinberg Fellowship and Lecture in Psychiatry and the Law at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Mr. Steinberg was admitted to the New York State bar in 1947 and practiced in Rochester as a Special Assistant Public Defender and a solo practitioner. In 1996, he was promoted to Clinical Professor of Psychiatry (Law.)

For almost 25 years, he gave Grand Rounds, lectured to medical students, and conducted seminars for psychiatric residents on topics ranging from the involuntary commitment of the mentally ill, to psychiatric issues in family law. In each setting, Mr. Steinberg challenged the intellect and imagination of his students with rich experience he brought from courtroom to classroom along with his unfailing good humor.

On the national level, Mr. Steinberg presented many lectures and addresses at the meetings of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) and was mentor on the faculty of the AAPL Forensic Psychiatry Course: Board Review and Update. In October 1986, he was presented the AAPL Amicus Award in recognition of his distinguished contributions to the interface of law and psychiatry. With his death in May 1999, the Department of Psychiatry lost an outstanding teacher, esteemed colleague, and loyal friend.

Lecture Series

The Steinberg Lectureship Series which began in 1988 are listed below


Law at the Edge of Psychiatry. Richard Taranto, JD, US Supreme Court Counsel, American Psychiatric Association (1993-2010). 9/21/11


Involuntary Civil Commitment of Sex Offenders: Difficult Law, Difficult Medicine, Difficult Solutions. Hon. Eugene F. Pigott, Jr., Associate Judge of the State of New York Court of Appeals. 9/29/10


Interpartner Violence: Past, Present and Future. Leah J. Dickstein, M.D., Professor Emerita, University of Louisville School of Medicine. 9/26/09
Twenty-second Prisoners of War: The Role of Psychiatrists and Psychologists in Interrogation and Torture. Donald Hermann, J.D., Ph.D., Professor of Law and Philosophy, DePaul University College of Law. 9/10/08
Twenty-first Professional Ethical Codes: What Makes Them Right? Richard Rosner, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine; Past President, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. 9/19/07
Twentieth Ambiguity of Race: Biology and Equality. Daan Braveman, J.D., President, Nazareth College; Former Dean, Syracuse University College of Law. 9/27/06
Nineteenth The Case for Compassionate Coercion. Steven S. Sharfstein, M.D., M.P.A., Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland; President, American Psychiatric Association. 9/28/05
Eighteenth The Interaction of Law and Psychiatry. Albert M. Rosenblatt, Judge, New York State Court of Appeals. 9/29/04
Seventeenth 10/1/03: Diagnosis and Treatment of Sexual Disorders. Frederick S. Berlin, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Sixteenth Where Law and Medicine Collide. Richard C. Wesley, Judge, New York State Court of Appeals. 9/25/02
Fifteenth The Neurobiology and Neuropharmacology of Paraphilias and Compulsive Sexual Behavior. John Bradford, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry University of Ottawa. 11/28/01
Fourteenth 9/20/00: Domestic Violence: The Search for Effective Interventions. Judith S. Kaye, Chief Judge of the State of New York.
Thirteenth 9/8/99: Violence and Delusions. Paul S. Appelbaum, M.D., A.F. Zeleznik Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Twelfth Privacy of Medical information in an Era of Electronic Medical Records. Arthur R. Miller, LL.B., Bruce Bromley Professor of Law, Harvard Law School. 9/9/98
Eleventh No Thanks for the Memories: Medicolegal Aspects of the Recovered Memory Controversy. Thomas G. Gutheil, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. 9/10/97
Tenth Do We Own Our Bodies? Honorable Guido Calabresi, United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit; Sterling Professor of Law Emeritus, Yale Law School. 11/20/96
Ninth Deriving Boundary Guidelines from Sexual Misconduct Cases. Robert I. Simon, M.D., Director, Program in Psychiatry and Law, Georgetown University School of Medicine. 9/13/95
Eighth No Thanks for the Memories: Medicolegal Aspects of the Recovered Memory Controversy. Thomas G. Gutheil, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. 9/10/97
Seventh Current Trends in Psychiatric Malpractice. Phillip Resnick, M.D., Director, Division of Forensic Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. 9/29/93
Sixth Coercive Psychiatry and Human Rights. Richard J. Bonnie, LL. B., John S. Battle Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law. 9/9/92
Fifth Current Issues in Forensic Psychiatry. Jonas R. Rappeport, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Supreme Bench of Baltimore City. 9/3/91
Fourth The interaction of Law and Medicine: A View from the Bench. Hon. Sol Wachtler, Chief Judge of the State of New York. 9/26/90
Third Forensic Evaluation of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace. Elissa P. Benedek, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Michigan; President-elect, American Psychiatric Association. 9/ 27/89
Second The Danger of Predicting Dangerousness. Robert L. Sadoff, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania. 5/31/89
Inaugural Law and Psychiatry Coping, Or: Two Cyclops Groping Towards Compatible Truths. Hon. Joseph W. Bellacosa; Judge, New York State Court of Appeals. 9/28/88