Competency Evaluations in Immigration Proceedings: Matter of M-A-M Cases

(577 Ratings)

Produced on: January 14, 2016

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 63 minutes
Difficulty Advanced

This course will provide the immigration defense attorney with an understanding of the mental health and evaluation issues for immigration clients who may require competency evaluations. These clients may already be in proceedings or may be held in an ICE detention center pending an outcome of the evaluation. Join attorney and forensic expert Mark Silver for an in-depth analysis of Matter of M-A-M Cases. 


Learning Objectives: 

I.     Understand the major concerns in a competency hearing based on the Matter of M-A-M Case 

II.    Identify the major challenges and evaluation issues for such clients

III.   Recognize the major psychiatric diagnoses and concerns with respect to such clients for these competency hearings 

IV.   Comprehend the major concerns encountering prosecutors claims of the client “Malingering,” that is, faking a psychiatric diagnosis


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.


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Richard R.

Top professional. Important work. Thanks very much Rich

Nancy W.

Absolutely fascinating. Clearly presented. Course materials and presentation well-synched. I'm not a practitioner in the area, but needed the exposure since I will be doing pro bono in immigration. Even with some background in psychology, found the course to be very enlightening and useful.

Mohammed Z.

enjoyed it

Paul A.

Very interesting and informative presentation on a topic I knew almost nothing about - excellent presenter, very knowledgeable and experienced

Melissa L.

Very informative, interesting and seemingly compassionate instructor.

Rhonda R.

The presenter was very thorough and did a good job describing mental health conditions/diagnoses.

Samuel C.

More of q symposium on mental illness than law.

Alisa S.

Amazing program. It was incredibly substantive and I paused it many times to take notes.



Laura S.

Very helpful information

Jorge R.

Very good presentation

Heidi T.

interesting and informative.

arthur f.

intense, brief overview of mental problems

Wendie W.

Outstanding materials.

Richard T.

Very good presentation. Good speaker. Very knowledgeable and engaging.

tim r.

Very composed speaker.

Kai D.

An excellent content filled presentation by Mark Silver !!

Laurie K.

great program

Patrick M.

Excellent presentation!

Elisa D.

Interesting, useful, and well presented information.

Mark C.


peter d.

Very informative

Kathleen S.

Outstanding! Very glad I caught this class. Extremely interesting and relevant material.

katiana f.

Wealth of knowledge

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