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Mitigation of Illegal Behavior in Immigration Defense: How Crimes, Fraud, Misrepresentation, and CIMTS Can be Explained Through the Help of Clinical Forensic Evaluations

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Produced on March 12, 2019

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Course Information

Time 1h 4m
Difficulty Intermediate
Topics covered in this course: Criminal Immigration

Course Description

Among the most important topics in immigration defense today is “crimmigration”, that is, the consideration of how to contend with and explain criminal issues, including illegal activity and crimes involving moral turpitude, for immigration clients. This seminar, presented by attorney and New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker Mark Silver, will consider how to tackle this extremely important issue separate and apart from proving hardship issues in 601-waiver petitions. Mr. Silver will explore how to use mitigation in the immigration context, just as criminal defense lawyers use mitigation to defend and explain their client’s criminal behavior with prosecutors or in court.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify when and how mitigation is effective in the context of crimmigration immigration defense
  2. Examine the criteria, key issues, and challenges of mitigation for illegal acts and CIMTS for the immigration defense client
  3. Recognize how mitigation helps to provide a more complete understanding of the client’s case by having the forensic expert complement and balance the role of the immigration defense lawyer

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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. 


Jeanelle M.

Thank you!

Edward A.

Good info and great examples/experience by presenter.

Elisa D.

It was a solid overview.

john p.

i really appreciate having the transcript. this is very good thank you

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Joel C.

Definitely good for thinking about cases.

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Brian W.

I like all of the courses of this instructor.

mark s.

very helpful

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