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Immigration Court Expert Testimony: Psychosocial Evaluations as Evidence

(525 Ratings)

Produced on: March 25, 2014

Course Format On Demand Audio

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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

 

 

Faculty

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 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.

Reviews

KD
Kai D.

great speaker !

BT
BRENNA T.

excellent for Immigration practioners

ML
Martha L.

great

AM
ANTONIO M.

Very useful CLE for the Immigration Court practitioner.

JC
Jeremy C.

Very nice course.

AM
Amy M.

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

TS
Tabitha S.

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

MM
Marcia M.

Very good discussion of expert witness testimony.

PS
Pradip S.

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

CM
Christopher M.

Very useful advice!

JG
John G.

an overlooked concept, a good discussion of it

HW
Heather W.

Great speaker

MF
Mariam F.

Very informative

LL
Laura L.

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

NA
Nilgun A.

Good points.

CC
Cara C.

Very interesting!

ED
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.

LB
Lou Ann B.

Very clear speaker. Excellent outline.

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