Michael L. Perlin

Professor Emeritus
New York Law School


Michael L. Perlin is an American lawyer and professor emeritus at the New York Law School. He is an internationally recognized expert on “mental disability law” and how the legal system deals with individuals with mental disorders or intellectual disability. He has authored over 30 books and over 300 scholarly articles on the subject. His treatise, Mental Disability Law: Civil and Criminal (3d ed.) (Lexis Law Publishing) (three volumes) (2016) (updated semi-annually), co-authored with Prof. Cucolo, is universally seen as the standard in this area of law and policy.