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Breathing Life Into the Dreaded Justification Defense

SKU: CRIM900
General Credits
1
Price$50
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Description

The justification defense is not the go-to strategy of most criminal defense attorneys. In that it pre-supposes the client’s admission of a criminal act, most attorneys would advise their client that taking a plea is the safer route. But attorneys who ignore the great potential of the justification defense may not be acting in the best interests of their client.

This CLE course presented by Jeffrey Schwartz, will explain why with a thorough explanation of the justification defense, how to use it, when to use it and strategies for implementing it to turn a guilty plea into a not-guilty verdict.

Lecturer Bio

Jeffrey Todd Schwartz, Esq.

Jeffrey Todd Schwartz was awarded a Baccalaureate in Psychology (B.A.) from Yeshiva University’s Yeshiva College and earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) at its Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Admitted to the bar of the states of New York and New Jersey in 1987 and to the Supreme Court of the United States since 1992, he has been litigating federal and state court matters for over twenty-four (24) years.

For six years Mr. Schwartz served the Queen's County District Attorney's Office in New York City. He was assigned to the Homicide/Investigations Bureau and was a founding member of both its Narcotics Trial and Career Criminal Major Crime Bureaus. While in private practice he received certification as lead counsel in the evolving area of death penalty prosecution, immigration consequences to criminal conviction and sex offender civil commitment pursuant to article ten of the Mental Hygiene Law.

For fifteen years Mr. Schwartz has been on the faculty of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program (I.T.A.P.) and coached its law school team during the semi-final rounds of the American College of Trial Lawyers National Trial Competition. He lectures and performs demonstrations at continuing legal education (C.L.E.) and bar association training programs. Topics have included: representing high profile clients vilified in the media, ethical issues that arise in the zealous representation of criminal cases, crime scene investigation and forensics, as well as trial advocacy, strategy and technique. His internet lectures and panel discussions are acclaimed by his colleagues nationwide. You can see his peer reviews here: www.jeffreytschwartz.com/index-7.html.

Mr. Schwartz has been honored, recognized and awarded certificates of outstanding dedication and service by The City Council of New York, the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as well as the Detective Endowment and Patrolman's Benevolent Associations of the New York City Police Department.

He appears as a legal analyst and consultant in the media and is trial counsel in highly publicized death penalty, murder and civil prosecutions. He has been profiled in local and national publications, including The New York Times.

Mr. Schwartz is a graduate of the Yeshiva of Flatbush in Brooklyn, New York and studied Bible, Talmud and Judaic studies for one year in Jerusalem towards his undergraduate degree. He devotes a minimum of twenty-five percent of his time to pro-bono cases and charity fund raising.



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