Role of the Social Worker as Mitigation Specialist

 

1.      Get to know the client in depth.

2.      Get to know key people related to the client and the murder.

3.      Then creatively think.

4.      Then rationally think, logically think.

5.      Using all of the above, imagine how the jury is going to relate to this body of information and help formulate a presentation that will assist the jury in coming to a reasonable and fair understanding of the murder.

6.      Using all of the above, imagine how the prosecution is going to present their case to the jury and be prepared to respond.

7.      Using all of the above, imagine how the various witnesses are going to present themselves before the jury and be prepared to respond.

 

You are ultimately trying to help the jury make sense out of a senseless act of murder.

 

At all times, remember you are part of a team and that the final responsibility lies in the hands of the lead attorney for the defense.  Your job is never more than to be the defense attorney's resource.