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Texas Tech Law Professor Donates Time, Effort for Book

The National Alliance on Mental Illness-Texas (NAMI Texas) was awarded a grant from the Texas Bar Foundation for the development, production and distribution of the fifth edition of the book, “Texas Criminal Procedure and the Offender with Mental Illness: An Analysis and Guide.”

Texas Tech University School of Law Paul Whitfield Horn Professor Brian Shannon drafted the fifth edition on a pro bono basis. The grant also includes funds to support law student research assistance.

As of April 2016, the book has printed and delivered to the NAMI Texas office. There are limited supplies, but interested stakeholders should contact our Public Policy Director, Greg Hansch, to inquire about receiving a copy of the book. He can be reached at and (512) 693-2000. The PDF version of the book can also be accessed by clicking on this link.

Since 1993 the Texas Bar Foundation has provided four grants to NAMI Texas for four earlier editions of this detailed guide concerning Texas criminal procedure and offenders with mental illness. Professor Shannon and the late Horn Professor Daniel Benson donated their time to research, write, and produce all four earlier editions of the book as well.

“I am delighted that the Texas Bar Foundation has agreed to fund this education project once more. It has been great to collaborate over the years with NAMI Texas,” said Shannon, a recognized expert on mental health law. “I’m also very proud that the books have been widely used by judges, prosecutors, and attorneys in numerous cases across the state.”

As with previous editions, NAMI Texas is using grant funds to distribute free copies of the book to district and county court judges, criminal district attorneys, county attorneys, criminal defense attorneys, mental health consumer groups, family members of persons with mental illness, Texas libraries, and many others. A free version of the new edition is also available on the following NAMI Texas webpage:

The publication and distribution of these books regarding Texas criminal law and the offender with mental illness have been intended to promote the ends of justice by being an important educational tool. Many members of the practicing bench and bar, as well as the public in general, are often not well informed concerning the issues facing persons suffering from mental illness – particularly when those persons are also caught up in the criminal justice system.

Since its inception in 1965, the Texas Bar Foundation has awarded more than $16 million in grants to law-related programs. Supported by members of the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Bar Foundation is the nation’s largest charitably-funded bar foundation.


Brian Shannon, Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Law, Texas Tech School of Law, (806) 834-6366, or

Greg Hansch, Public Policy Director, NAMI Texas, (512) 693-2000 or


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