Criminal Mitigation: Humanizing the Client Toward a Better Outcome (Update)

(634 Ratings)

Produced on: October 28, 2015

Course Format On Demand Audio

Taught by


Course Description

Time 64 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

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.


Learning Objectives:

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 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.


Cecil F.

Excellent course,excellent lecturer and excellent course materials.

Barbara S.

Very informative in an area not known to me.

Glen K.

very good last slides on things to go over for mitigation issues

Richard S.

Thank you!

William M.

In depth treatment of preparation for sentencing, a subject often treated too lightly. Openedmy mind to new ideas on mitigation.

Nancee T.

Very helpful.

Tadia W.

Great presentation of the tools to success!

Evan P.

This is a very important topic for anyone handling serious criminal defense cases. Very well presented.

Patricia C.

Excellent program!

Nikita M. W.


Jorge R.

This program was an eye-opener!!! Mitigation is a subject hardly addressed in CLE

Sue Ella K.

materials are good

Mary H.

Mark is a great presenter. Very thorough consideration. Thought provoking.

William J. D.

Very nice presentation.

john t.

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.

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