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  • Description

    Most criminal defense attorneys have their tried and true strategies for obtaining an acquittal and though every case needs to be determined on its own merit, there are some defenses that are rock-solid, and others that are more of a gamble. But there aren’t too many who put forth the justification defense often. As it already implies the admission of a criminal act, defense attorneys are starting out with a handicap, which is why most attorneys would advise their client to plead out.

    This CLE course will change the way you think about the justification defense, when to use it, how to use it and strategies for effectively employing this surprisingly advantageous defense.

  • Instructor Bio

    Jeffrey Schwartz

    Jeffrey Todd Schwartz was awarded a Baccalaureate in Psychology (B.A.) from Yeshiva University’s Yeshiva College and earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) at its Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Admitted to the bar of the states of New York and New Jersey in 1987 and to the Supreme Court of the United States since 1992, he has been litigating federal and state court matters for over twenty-four (24) years.

    For six years Mr. Schwartz served the Queen's County District Attorney's Office in New York City. He was assigned to the Homicide/Investigations Bureau and was a founding member of both its Narcotics Trial and Career Criminal Major Crime Bureaus. While in private practice he received certification as lead counsel in the evolving area of death penalty prosecution, immigration consequences to criminal conviction and sex offender civil commitment pursuant to article ten of the Mental Hygiene Law.

    For fifteen years Mr. Schwartz has been on the faculty of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program (I.T.A.P.) and coached its law school team during the semi-final rounds of the American College of Trial Lawyers National Trial Competition. He lectures and performs demonstrations at continuing legal education (C.L.E.) and bar association training programs. Topics have included: representing high profile clients vilified in the media, ethical issues that arise in the zealous representation of criminal cases, crime scene investigation and forensics, as well as trial advocacy, strategy and technique. His internet lectures and panel discussions are acclaimed by his colleagues nationwide. You can see his peer reviews here: www.jeffreytschwartz.com/index-7.html.

    Mr. Schwartz has been honored, recognized and awarded certificates of outstanding dedication and service by The City Council of New York, the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as well as the Detective Endowment and Patrolman's Benevolent Associations of the New York City Police Department.

    He appears as a legal analyst and consultant in the media and is trial counsel in highly publicized death penalty, murder and civil prosecutions. He has been profiled in local and national publications, including The New York Times.

    Mr. Schwartz is a graduate of the Yeshiva of Flatbush in Brooklyn, New York and studied Bible, Talmud and Judaic studies for one year in Jerusalem towards his undergraduate degree. He devotes a minimum of twenty-five percent of his time to pro-bono cases and charity fund raising.