Immigration Court Expert Testimony: Psychosocial Evaluations as Evidence

(525 Ratings)

Produced on: March 25, 2014

Course Format On Demand Audio

Taught by


Course Description

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Expert testimony is widely used as supporting evidence in immigration cases, including in immigration court as a means to better advocate and explain various issues and nuances in the client's case. The forensic expert who has undertaken a psychosocial evaluation focusing on mental health issues, family dynamics, safety issues, and other core areas of investigation will have the opportunity to better inform the court and prosecutor about the client's background and particular situation.


Learning Objectives:

I.   Learn the major advantages and uses of live versus telephonic testimony

II.  Understand how expert forensic witnesses can assist in advocating and/or explaining central issues

III. Cite specific instances where testimony assists in the advocacy process




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.


Kai D.

great speaker !


excellent for Immigration practioners

Martha L.



Very useful CLE for the Immigration Court practitioner.

Jeremy C.

Very nice course.

Amy M.

Good points about effectively making your client's case sympathetic - reason to avoid stips.

Tabitha S.

Helpful commentary on expert witness in other cases, as well.

Marcia M.

Very good discussion of expert witness testimony.

Pradip S.

This was much more informative than I thought it would be. The presenter did a great job.

Christopher M.

Very useful advice!

John G.

an overlooked concept, a good discussion of it

Heather W.

Great speaker

Mariam F.

Very informative

Laura L.

Informative. This is an area that I have no experience....learned so much

Nilgun A.

Good points.

Cara C.

Very interesting!

Elisa D.

The lecturer's background as a clinician and attorney gives him such an outstanding perspective of the many, many factors that should be considered in a hardship analysis. This was a great lecture.

Lou Ann B.

Very clear speaker. Excellent outline.

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