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This program was recorded on March 26, 2019
In this course, attorney and 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.
Mark S. Silver
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 dozens of these cases.
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- 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