Mark F. Botts

Associate Professor of Public Law and Government

Areas of Expertise

Mental health law, including involuntary commitment law and procedure; privacy of behavioral healthcare records; local government responsibility for publicly funded mental health, developmental disabilities, and substance abuse services; administration and governance of area authorities; legal responsibilities of area boards; psychotherapist liability for dangerous patients; advance directives for mental health treatment


Mark Botts joined the School of Government (then the Institute of Government) in 1992. Prior to that, he served judicial clerkships with the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and the US District Court for the Western District of Michigan. Botts' publications include A Legal Manual for Area Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Boards in North Carolina. Mark holds a BA from Albion College and a JD from the University of Michigan School of Law.