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.
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
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.
Excellent presentation. Very helpful in working with clients who may have such problems.
Appreciate the example with his client and how it went well for their case. Also appreciated the case law for Wiggins v. Smith. Thanks.
Fantastic overview. Thank you so much!
very interesting -- thank you for offering
The instructor did an excellent job of dissecting complicated matters not only for basic understanding but to open the door for mitigation defense.
It was concise but informative.
Very informative,! Excellent speaker,
Top presentation , fascinating, great materials. Helps explain some of my most difficult clients.
Very interesting -- particularly about possibility of treatment
Very informative, very well presented about an area of the law I previously knew next to nothing about.
Very interesting subject matter
An obscure topic. But useful .
This was a great CLE. My favorite Lawline CLE so far.
I liked this instructor better than most ...
easy to listen to.
Solid, thank you
Very informative. Thanks!
loved this one!
Very informative program. Materials were well put together and very complete on the subject.
Mark was great at summarizing a complex psychological disorder and drawing a link to how to use it in legal practice. Very interesting program.
Excellent overview of the topic material. enhanced insights into the discipline.
Fantastic course. I practice criminal defense and abuse and neglect law, so this material was extremely helpful for both areas.
My mother has borderline personality disorder so I found this incredibly interesting as I could relate to the topic.
this was excellent
Valuable information for mitigation and screening clients
Fantastic speaker. Know the topic well.
Very much enjoyed this.
Very helpful topic and great speaker.
Excellent -- I commented on it to colleagues
Very helpful content and materials.
Good pace. Methodical.
Very good program on a topic that needs to be addressed.
Interesting. A subject matter I did not know much about but the presenter explained the issue so well.
Very thorough & thoughtful presentation. Great description of concepts & practicalities.
Extremely interesting. Written materials were very helpful.
Great course. You should have one on ptsd.
This was a great presentation! Really enjoyed the presenter and learned a lot!
I loved this course. The presentation was fabulous. It kept my attention all of the way through. Thank you.
Good distinctions drawn on borderline personality disorder that clarifies the confusion with other psychological issues.
Excellent presentation. The best I have viewed thus far.
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!
excellent course and presentation
This course helps one evaluate the needs of clients who may be suffering from this disorder.
Great presentation-interesting material.
Mark is extremely knowledgeable!!
Very effective and informative presentation.
speaker was repetitive as was his language. However, course was very good.
Very informative and well presented.
Very well done!
Already I have recommended Lawline to several other attorneys
Great and interesting speaker. He should present more classes.
Excellent presentation of both the underlying disorder, and appropriate legal defense support!
This is an excellent [presenter. This was very informative in understanding borderline personalities in general.
Clear and informative, well-paced.
Thank you for this superb program on an important, although not-often discussed, issue. The presentation was thorough and clear.
Fascinating material. Very well presented.
Excellent. Thank you!
Wonderful speaker, obviously well acquainted with his subject matter.
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