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Criminal Mitigation: How to Humanize Your Client to Gain A Better Outcome

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Produced on March 30, 2020

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Course Information

Time 64 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

This course, presented by experienced attorney and forensic psychologist Mark Silver, provides an overview of criminal mitigation for criminal defense lawyers. The program reviews various humanizing processes that a criminal law attorney can utilize to better advocate for his or her client. Mr. Silver discusses how the use of psychological analysis, which can also impact the factual analysis of the case, can paint a more positive picture of a client and increase their chances of success in the courtroom. Both experienced and novice lawyers will gain important insight into various criteria to consider and deploy at the pre-sentence or pre-plea stage of representation.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Summarize the definition and applicability of mitigation to a defendant's case
  2. Identify the multi-purpose uses of mitigation in the course of defense
  3. Examine how criminal mitigation can best assist one's client
  4. Describe which clients most benefit from criminal mitigation and why

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Mark Silver

Psychiatric Social Worker

MARK S. SILVER is a lawyer and New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a doctorate in psychology and a post-graduate certificate in family therapy. He is the author of several publications, including Handbook of Mitigation in Criminal and Immigration Forensics: Humanizing the Client Towards a Better Legal Outcome. Sixth Edition. (2017). Since 2002, 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. He has worked with thousands of clients from over forty countries on various individual, family, and mental health issues related to criminal conduct and deportation. He has also provided expert testimony in many of these cases in Immigration Court and lectures to lawyers throughout the United States on a wide range of forensic issues with case samples. He can be reached at MarkSilver1@cs.com or 917-608-1346. 


mark s.

very helpful information

Anne R.

Really exceptional! Learned so much.

Mark Z.

Instructor is a true expert. Course jam-packed with useful information and tools regarding mitigation

Steven D.


James E H.

Good primer.

C. T. A.

This was excellent, on point, and timely.

Joseph M.


Harold H.

Well worth listening to for any criminal defense atorney.

Richard F.

interesting topic and important -- liked his viewpoint

David L.


Robin H.

Great course

Edward M.

Interesting presentation.

James A. H.

excellent program and presentation informative and entertaining

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