Arguments are set Tuesday in 42-year-old Troy Anderson's case in U.S. District Court.
Law students from the University of Denver filed a lawsuit asking a court to order prison officials to provide mental health treatment to Anderson.
The lawsuit says Anderson has been diagnosed with at least two disorders which can lead to panic attacks, and has shown traits of other disorders that can lead to explosive behavior.
It also says prison officials have not properly diagnosed and treated Anderson. Anderson is in prison for attempted murder and other convictions from 2000.