Borderline Personality Disorder: Pre-plea and Pre-sentence Criminal Mitigation Strategies

(1916 Ratings)

Produced on: May 24, 2016

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

In this course, attorney and forensic expert Mark Silver delves into criminal mitigation strategies for the client suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder. Borderline Personality Disorder is among the least understood, and yet perhaps the most important mental health issues for criminal defense lawyers. As many as 6% of the population carry the diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder and the criteria for this mental health issue provide profound understanding regarding the criminal defendant's decision-making, behaviors and conduct, emotional instability, erratic conduct, impulsivity, depression and low self-esteem, and related matters. It is crucial for the criminal defense lawyer to be able to recognize borderline personality disorder in clients and know when to refer the case for an evaluation and/or how to use aspects of this disorder for mitigation purposes.

 

Learning Objectives:

I.     Understand the criteria of Borderline Personality Disorder as among the most important mental health diagnoses with criminal defendants 

II.    Identify the challenges and obstacles of defending such clients 

III.   Recognize how the criteria of this disorder can serve as a direct defense and/or mitigating factors in the advocacy process

Faculty

Mark Silver

Psychiatric Social Worker

MARK SOLOMON SILVER is a New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He 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.  He has 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 the states of New York and New Jersey and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. 

Additionally, Mark has published more than a dozen papers on forensic social work and mental health practice in criminal and immigration consultation for attorneys in various academic and practice journals, and has lectured on various aspects of these subjects. Mark is the author of Handbook of Mitigation in Criminal and Immigration Forensics: Humanizing the Client Towards a Better Legal Outcome. Revised Fifth Edition. (2015). 

 

For the past ten years, 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. To date, Mark has worked on more than 1000 such cases in forensic immigration and criminal practice and consultation. He 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. He has also provided expert testimony in several dozen of these cases.

Reviews

RM
Raph M.

Fantastic overview. Thank you so much!

KW
kelly w.

very interesting -- thank you for offering

LR
Lawrence R.

The instructor did an excellent job of dissecting complicated matters not only for basic understanding but to open the door for mitigation defense.

AM
Alexandra M.

It was concise but informative.

RP
Ralph P.

interesting material.

BL
Beile L.

Excellent

LE
Lawrence E.

very good

DS
Deborah S.

Very informative,! Excellent speaker,

DC
Douglas C.

Excellent speaker.

AY
ALEXANDER Y.

Very informative.

DM
david m.

Top presentation , fascinating, great materials. Helps explain some of my most difficult clients.

DB
Donald B.

Excellent

ES
Elizabeth S.

Very interesting -- particularly about possibility of treatment

RN
Ronald N.

Well done

CE
Catherine E.

Very informative, very well presented about an area of the law I previously knew next to nothing about.

AA
Andrew A.

Very interesting subject matter

TK
Thomas E. K.

An obscure topic. But useful .

RW
Ryan W.

This was a great CLE. My favorite Lawline CLE so far.

DW
Deborah Lynn W.

I liked this instructor better than most ...

BB
Barbara B.

Very good.

MN
Moshe N.

easy to listen to.

RR
Richard R.

Solid, thank you

JD
Jeffrey D.

Very informative. Thanks!

RG
Ruth G.

Important topic

KF
Karen F.

loved this one!

JB
James B.

Very informative program. Materials were well put together and very complete on the subject.

RB
Renee B.

Mark was great at summarizing a complex psychological disorder and drawing a link to how to use it in legal practice. Very interesting program.

RH
Richard H.

Excellent overview of the topic material. enhanced insights into the discipline.

RB
Robin B.

Fantastic course. I practice criminal defense and abuse and neglect law, so this material was extremely helpful for both areas.

KF
Kelly F.

My mother has borderline personality disorder so I found this incredibly interesting as I could relate to the topic.

JS
jesse s.

excellent

TG
Thomas G.

this was excellent

MG
Michael G.

Well done.

AM
Antoine M.

Valuable information for mitigation and screening clients

ES
Ellen S.

Fantastic speaker. Know the topic well.

SW
Steven W.

Very much enjoyed this.

VN
Vasiliki N.

Very helpful topic and great speaker.

JB
Julie B.

Excellent content

CD
Christine D.

Excellent CLE!

RS
Robert S.

Excellent -- I commented on it to colleagues

MA
Michael A.

Very helpful content and materials.

AW
Andrew W.

Good pace. Methodical.

JW
James W.

Thank you

MP
Mary P.

Very good program on a topic that needs to be addressed.

CB
Christine B.

Very helpful!

WM
Whitney M.

Interesting. A subject matter I did not know much about but the presenter explained the issue so well.

LS
Lorri S.

nice program!

JR
JA R.

Very thorough & thoughtful presentation. Great description of concepts & practicalities.

MS
Marcus S.

Great

HJ
Hilary J.

Extremely interesting. Written materials were very helpful.

BB
bruno b.

Great course. You should have one on ptsd.

AK
Afsaneh Lynne K.

This was a great presentation! Really enjoyed the presenter and learned a lot!

JF
Jane F.

I loved this course. The presentation was fabulous. It kept my attention all of the way through. Thank you.

PS
Phillp S.

Good distinctions drawn on borderline personality disorder that clarifies the confusion with other psychological issues.

KD
Kelly D.

Informative presentation!

FW
Frazer W.

Excellent presentation

RN
Robert N.

great speaker

CC
Cate C.

Excellent presentation. The best I have viewed thus far.

SA
Senna A.

As a mental health professional myself, I appreciate courses like these that explore the relationship between the law and mental health. We don't hear much about BPD so thanks for including this one!

DH
Deborah H.

excellent course and presentation

BB
Belinda B.

This course helps one evaluate the needs of clients who may be suffering from this disorder.

MH
Mary H.

Great presentation-interesting material.

WM
William M.

Mark is extremely knowledgeable!!

LC
Linda C.

Very effective and informative presentation.

WS
William S.

Very informative

LS
Leslie S.

Excellent presentation

TB
Terry B.

speaker was repetitive as was his language. However, course was very good.

MM
MAUREEN M.

EXCELLENT PRESENTER

KR
Kathleen R.

Very informative and well presented.

TS
Theodor S.

Very informative.

JH
Jennifer H.

Very well done!

LA
Louis t. A.

Very good

ME
Mark E.

Excellent!

CO
Carrie O.

Already I have recommended Lawline to several other attorneys

KU
Kristina U.

Great and interesting speaker. He should present more classes.

EF
Edward F.

Excellent presentation of both the underlying disorder, and appropriate legal defense support!

JJ
Jeanette taylor J.

This is an excellent [presenter. This was very informative in understanding borderline personalities in general.

RW
Robert W.

Clear and informative, well-paced.

RW
Rhonda G. W.

Thank you for this superb program on an important, although not-often discussed, issue. The presentation was thorough and clear.

KD
Kathleen D.

INTENSE

FF
Frederic F.

Fascinating material. Very well presented.

CR
Cristina R.

Excellent. Thank you!

BG
Barry G.

Wonderful speaker, obviously well acquainted with his subject matter.

DW
Davyne W.

Fantastic seminar!

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