About this Program

In order to successfully defend a client with mental illness, criminal defense practitioners must have a thorough understanding of the insanity plea and the standards that govern this affirmative defense. Prominent Texas criminal defense attorney George Parnham examines the origins of the insanity defense as well as the important steps involved in preparing to use the defense at trial. Througout the course, Mr. Parnham shares personal insights about his representation of high-profile clients suffering from mental illness such as Andrea Yates, and provides guidance on picking a sympathetic jury.  In addition, this program provides useful information with respect to the selection and preparation of experts, the importance of getting a psychiatric evaluation for the client as soon as possible, as well as common sense issues implicated in establishing a credible and sincere mental illness defense. This is an excellent course for all criminal defense attorneys, as well as general practitioners seeking direction on how to represent mentally ill individuals entangled in the criminal justice system.


Agenda:
I.    The McNaughtan Standard
II.    Preparation of the Defense
III.   Selection & Preparation of Experts
IV.   Common Sense Issues
 

Reviews

Elisha
Skokie, IL

Informative presentation with practical guidance, especially on the use of experts.

William
New York, NY

the guy who does this is awesome. he's a beast. he's killing it.

patrick
Hercules, CA

good course. chilling factual examples.

Carol
Granite Springs, NY

interesting

Dorothy
San Diego, CA

Excellent program. I am particularly impressed with the generosity of Mr. Parnham to share his knowledge, and his willingness to help his fellow attorneys.

William
Paso Robles,

One of the best courses yet.

Bennett
New York, NY

Probably one of the most knowledgeable speakers on this topic in the country.

Jeffrey
Buffalo, NY

He has a nice way of how he presents himself. Calm, Cool, knowledgeable and substantive. Having dtried a number of insanity defense cases myself, I can appreciate the presentation.

Kimberly
Cortlandt Manor, NY

What a lawyer!!

Robert
Salt Lake City, UT

Not a criminal defense lawyer, but I found this seminar very, very informative and very interesting.

Natalie
Chicago, IL

Excellent course. Very interesting as well as informative.

Jennifer
Morristown, NJ

This program was excellent. It provided the practical application of an insanity defense. The tips for jury selection and interviewing a client were very helpful.

Max
Fortuna, CA

Good.

Ira L
Springfield, VA

Enjoyed the program.

John C.
Yonkers, NY

excellent lecture, very difficult and nuanced practical area of the law that was explained well with real world examples that help illustrate both successes and pitfalls

James
Oakland, CA

Nice tie in to a sensations case to illustrate principles.

James
Moraga, CA

Outstanding presentation

Marc
Wellington, FL

Great Seminar. A wealth of information.

John
Truckee , CA

Excellant!

Frederick
Oakland, CA

Parnham's experience in representing defendants who were insane at the time of the commission of murderous actions against children and others is invaluable.

Gregory
Bakersfield, CA

Excellent presentation. It is the kind of program that practioners with experience appreciate and can benefit from.

Joseph
Miami, FL

this course was excellent in all respects; it was succinct, informative, and educa- tional for an attorney who does not practice in the criminal defense area but as a philosopher interested in this area, was very illucidating. thank you george. cordially, joe frantin, miami

David
Naples, FL

I heard the speaker before...he is so impressive and compassionate

Chris
Orland Park, IL

Valuable to criminal defense lawyers

Thomas
Evanston, IL

great experience

Stephen
Northbrook, IL

Great personal stories and well presented info on an area I would normally not have taken notice of.

robert
Inverness, IL

nice course

tricia
Benton, IL

I leanred a great deal. Very impressed with George's willingness to help fellow defense attorneys & share his materials! Thank you!

Kate
Washington , MI

Very informative!

Coln
Lockport`, IL

great

Kevin
Makanda, IL

Excellent!

Sheila
Mcdaniels, KY

Interesting

H. Michael
Willowbrook, IL

informative presentation

Judith
Pearland, TX

Mr. Parnham appears to be very dedicated and caring as well as extremely knowledgeable, but it would help if he could be a little more ebullient or dynamic in his presentation.

Jeffrey
Austin, TX

Excellent speaker

Carolyn
Glenview,

very compassionate

James A.
Chicago, IL

Very good basic introduction

A E
Portland, OR

Anyone would be fortunate to collaborate with Mr Parnham. Thank you for this presentation.

Gerlinda
Hunnington Beach, CA

EXCELLENT EXCELLENT EXCELLENT!!

Peter
Sycamore, IL

very good

Neal
White Plains, NY

Very informative and thought provoking.

Roderick
Brooklyn, NY

Obviously, Mr. Parnham has extraordinary experience. But I was just as impressed with his earnest, unpretentious demeanor and manifest concern for his clients. The advice was all won in the school of experience -- little tips that, once stated seemed obvious but were details that absent the benefits of experience I would certainly overlook.

Geri
Calabasas, CA

Very Knowledgeable

James Blake C.
Los Angeles, CA

Excellent speaker. He communicates well and is easy to understand.

Lloyd
Cape Coral, FL

real life examples, good instructional tool.

Bo
Charleston, SC

great speaker

Ruth
Chicago, IL

Very compassionate.

glenn
Orangeburg, SC

Good

Mary
Hinsdale, IL

Very interesting. One of the best courses I have viewed!

Vincent
Foster City, CA

Simply terrific

Kristin
Kildeer, IL

Extremely interesting

Denise
Chicago, IL

Mr. Parnham was an excellent speaker. He is very experienced in a field most attorneys face rarely. I was very impressed, thank you.

Geoffrey
Chappaqua, NY

I took the course because it sounded interesting, and I have done some volunteer work with a mental health association. Mr. Parnham has an enormous command of this subject, and I think he was an outstanding choice to present this information in a short course, if only to demonstrate the depth of knowledge required to handle one of these matters.

Hector S.

good course

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Production Date

September 27, 2010

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