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Criminal Mitigation: Humanizing the Client Toward a Better Outcome

SKU: CRIM4800
Total Credits
1 - 2
Price$100
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Description

This CLE course provides an overview of criminal mitigation to criminal defense lawyers, and reviews various humanizing processes that a criminal law attorney can utilize to better advocate for his or her client. Dr. Silver discusses how the use of psychological analysis, which can also impact the factual analysis of the case, can paint a more positive picture of a client and increase their chances of success. Both experienced and novice lawyers will gain important insight into various criteria to consider and deploy at the pre-sentence or pre-plea stage of representation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize the definition and applicability of mitigation to a defendant's case
  • Identify the multi-purpose uses of mitigation in the course of defense
  • Understand how criminal mitigation can best assist one's client
  • Describe which clients most benefit from criminal mitigation and why

Lecturer Bio

Mark S. Silver, MA, MSW, LCSW, PsyD, JD

Mark S. Silver is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Mark has a Combined Specialist Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Western Ontario. Mark also completed a Master of Social Work at the University of Toronto, a post-graduate Certificate Program in Family Therapy at Smith College, and a Doctor of Psychology at the Southern California University for Professional Studies. In addition, Mark holds a Juris Doctor from the City University of New York, Queens College, and is admitted to practice law in New York. Mark is the author of "Handbook of Mitigation in Criminal and Immigration Forensics: Humanizing the Client Towards a Better Legal Outcome." SIXTH Edition. (2017). Since 2002, Mark has worked as a consultant for law firms throughout the United States conducting psychosocial evaluations and writing formal reports in forensic and mitigation immigration and criminal cases. Mark has worked with clients from about forty countries throughout the world on various individual, family, and mental health issues related to criminal conduct and deportation. Mark has also provided expert testimony in several dozen of these cases.



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