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Mitigation: Utilizing the Forensic Mental Health Professional

Earlier this year, Alan Ellis interviewed Elliot Atkins, Ed.D., a noted forensic psychologist. The highlights of the interview are included in this article, which is intended to provide defense counsel with strategies for more effectively educating the Court about the client whose mental and emotional functioning may have contributed to the commission of the offense.

A substantially similar version of this article will appear in “Representing People with Mental Disabilities: A Practical Guide for Criminal Defense Lawyers,” Elizabeth Kelley, ed., to be published by the ABA in 2018.

Click to read the article.

About Alan Ellis
Alan Ellis is a criminal defense lawyer with offices in San Francisco and New York, with 50 years of experience as a practicing lawyer, law professor and federal law clerk. He is a nationally recognized authority in the fields of federal plea bargaining, sentencing, prison matters, appeals, habeas corpus 2255 motions and international criminal law.

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