Columbia Partners Stuart Andrews, Dan Westbrook Recognized for Advocacy for Prisoners with Mental Health Illnesses
COLUMBIA, S.C. (November 4, 2016)–The Columbia Urban League has honored Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough Columbia partners Stuart M. Andrews, Jr. and Daniel J. Westbrook, along with S.C. Department of Corrections Director Bryan Stirling, with their Stephen G. Morrison/Nelson Mullins Social Justice Award. The award recognizes the collaborative effort of the three to ensure all prison inmates have access to quality mental healthcare.
Mr. Andrews and Mr. Westbrook represented Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities and a class of inmates with mental illnesses in a lawsuit against the S.C. Department of Corrections. After long-fought litigation and two years of negotiations, a settlement agreement was struck that could end what Circuit Judge Michael Baxley called the unconstitutional treatment of an estimated 3,500 severely mentally ill offenders in the S. C. Department of Corrections (SCDC) facilities.
The award is named in recognition of the late Stephen G. Morrison, a Nelson Mullins partner and past board chair of the Columbia Urban League, who used his legal skills to advance social justice and equal opportunity for the disadvantage and underserved.
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