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Heather Ellis Cucolo

Heather Ellis Cucolo is an adjunct professor and the current director of New York Law School’s Online Mental Disability Law Program.  She has contributed to the development of courses for the program as well as assisted in collaboration with Asia-Pacific partners to foster international distance learning. Courses that Prof. Cucolo has taught include: Sex Offenders; Survey of Mental Disability Law; Mental Disability Law and Criminal Defendants; Race Gender, Class and Culture; Therapeutic Jurisprudence; and The Americans with Disabilities Act.  She has represented individuals facing civil commitment under both The New Jersey Mental Hygiene Law and the New Jersey’s Sexually Violent Predators Act.  Prof. Cucolo has published and lectured  –both domestically and internationally — in the areas of mental disability law, criminal law and sex offender law. She has been recognized as one of the premiere experts in sexual violent predator law and has counseled attorneys, judges and clinicians on law and procedure in civil commitment proceedings and issues involving persons suffering from a mental disability or illness within the criminal justice system. Professor Cucolo teaches the Americans with Disabilities Act to both law students and other professionals and has advised international attorneys on the benefits and implications of the ADA. She has spoken at the United Nations, advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities in the Asia Pacific region. Prof. Cucolo has written and has co-authored many articles, most recent being “Far From the Turbulent Space”: Considering the Adequacy of Counsel in the Representation of Individuals Accused of Being Sexually Violent 18 U. Pa. J. L. & Soc’l Change  125 (2015);  *“They’re Planting Stories In the Press”: The Impact of Media Distortions on Sex Offender Law and Policy, 3 Denver U. Crim. L. Rev. 186 (2013); The Treatment of Sex Offenders: Evidence, Ethics and Human Rights, 23 Sexual Abuse: J. Res. & Treatment 295 (2011). She has also recently co-authored a seven-part mental disability law treatise with Michael L. Perlin (due out 2016 Lexis/Nexis publishing).