This course provides an overview of criminal mitigation to criminal defense lawyers, and 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.
I. Summarize the definition and applicability of mitigation to a defendant's case
II. Identify the multi-purpose uses of mitigation in the course of defense
III. Understand how criminal mitigation can best assist one's client
IV. Describe which clients most benefit from criminal mitigation and why
Mark S. Silver is a lawyer and New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a doctorate in psychology and the author of Handbook of Mitigation in Criminal and Immigration Forensics: Humanizing the Client Towards a Better Legal Outcome. Revised Sixth Edition. (2018). 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 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.
Great program with very useful information on strategy in criminal representation especially sentencing
Excellent course,excellent lecturer and excellent course materials.
Very informative in an area not known to me.
very good last slides on things to go over for mitigation issues
In depth treatment of preparation for sentencing, a subject often treated too lightly. Openedmy mind to new ideas on mitigation.
Great presentation of the tools to success!
This is a very important topic for anyone handling serious criminal defense cases. Very well presented.
This program was an eye-opener!!! Mitigation is a subject hardly addressed in CLE
materials are good
Mark is a great presenter. Very thorough consideration. Thought provoking.
Very nice presentation.
The depth or appreciation of the mitigation field today has expanded. Very relevant topic for a criminal lawyer to not overlook. Topic should not be secondary focus but primary focus, when dealing with criminal client.