--- criminal law
--- course production date: 2/16/2018
--- presented by MARK SOLOMON SILVER

In this course, forensic expert Mark Silver delves into criminal mitigation strategies for the client suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder. Borderline Personality Disorder is among the least understood, and yet perhaps the most important mental health issues for criminal defense lawyers. As many as 6% of the population carry the diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder and the criteria for this mental health issue provide profound understanding regarding the criminal defendant's decision-making, behaviors and conduct, emotional instability, erratic conduct, impulsivity, depression and low self-esteem, and related matters. It is crucial for the criminal defense lawyer to be able to recognize borderline personality disorder in clients and know when to refer the case for an evaluation and/or how to use aspects of this disorder for mitigation purposes.

Key course points are:

• Understand the criteria of Borderline Personality Disorder as among the most important mental health diagnoses with criminal defendants.
• Identify the challenges and obstacles of defending such clients.
• Recognize how the criteria of this disorder can serve as a direct defense and/or mitigating factors in the advocacy process

--- 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.