--- criminal law / trial
--- course production date: 2/14/2018
--- presented by MARK SOLOMON SILVER

This course provides an outline of criminal mitigation for criminal defense lawyers, and reviews various humanizing processes that a criminal law attorney can utilize to better advocate for his or her client. The course discuss how the use of psycho-social 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.

Key course points are:

• Summarize the definition and applicability of mitigation to a defendant's case.
• Identify the multi-purpose uses of mitigation in the course of defense.
• Understand how criminal mitigation can best assist one's client.
• Describe which clients most benefit from criminal mitigation and why.

--- presented by MARK SOLOMON SILVER

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 was admitted to practice law in the states of New York and New Jersey and the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Mark has provided dozens of lectures to thousands of lawyers and he has many publications on forensic social work and mental health practice in criminal and immigration consultation for attorneys in various journals, and he 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 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. To date, Mark has worked on more than 2000 such cases with clients from about forty countries throughout the world on various individual, family, and mental health issues related to criminal conduct and immigration petitions. He has also provided expert testimony in several dozen of these cases. He can be contacted at marksilver1@cs.com.