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Elena Saris

Elena Saris served as President of the Public Defenders Employees Association, representing the interests of more than 700 lawyers in the office. She has mentored new lawyers in the office for the past 15 years and is passionate about helping all lawyers become better advocates for their clients.
Recent episodes featuring Elena Saris
Merch Minds Podcast - Episode 112: Interview with Elena Saris
Merch Minds Podcast with Glen and Yong
This week the boys interview their good friend Elena Saris. Elena is a criminal attorney turned an entrepreneur who found success in just about everything she's done. She's done private label, wholesale, Merch, and recently dropshipping on Shopify. Every entrepreneur will tell you to have a diverse income stream and that's exactly what Elena has done. Just about everything she's done she found success. So she comes by and shares her story with the boys. Elena is also having an event for all entrepreneurs in Las Vegas. On Sunday, March 17, 2019, Elena is giving you an opportunity to rub elbows with some of the most successful entrepreneurs from print-on-demand to dropshipping. Make sure to reserve a spot today and everyone listening to this episode make sure to convince Yong to attend! Ecomm Elite http://merchmindsetc.com   Sponsors Merch Informer https://merchinformer.com/223.html Merchinator https://merchinator.com/s/e66c4a55    
TLC_035: NOT GUILTY BY REASON OF INSANITY
Trial Lawyer Confidential
In This Episode: I pull back the curtain on the the plea of Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity.  How does it differ from Diminished Capacity and Competency to Stand Trial? Contrary to what the media often portrays, the insanity defense is pled  in approximately 1% of all criminal cases and is only successful about 25% of the time it is used. The defense is used very rarely and frequently misunderstood by the general public. We explore some famous cases where the insanity defense was used successfully: John Hinckley Jr and Andrea Yates. Both defendants were acquitted of their crimes based on insanity defenses. Both defendants remain in custody however. In fact, studies show that defendants who successfully plead insanity often spend as much time if not more (sometimes double) than their counterparts who were convicted on a staring guilty plea. To see how each state treats the insanity defense, click HERE.  TRIAL LAWYER MENTOR Quick Tip: I talk briefly about the need to define terms of art in your industry, especially terms that have made their way into the common language but are used in ways that may subtly alter their original definition.  LAWYERS and LAW STUDENTS: Click here to sign up for our free newsletter where I share in depth tips and strategies for mastering the Art of the Jury Trial. And be sure to check back soon for a special offer exclusively for attorneys! Download AUDIO here (MP3)  
TLC_034: COLLATERAL CONSEQUENCES of a CRIMINAL CONVICTION
Trial Lawyer Confidential
In This Episode: I pull back the curtain on the Collateral Consequences of a Criminal Conviction. What rights and privileges are affected beyond the punishment imposed under the law. We explore gun ownership issues, denial of government benefits, licensing issues as well as immigration issues and the two most egregious ones in my mind: disenfranchisement and exclusion from jury duty. To see the ACLU map of the UNITED STATES color coded by which states have felony disenfranchisement, click HERE.  TRIAL LAWYER MENTOR Quick Tip: I talk briefly about deciding WHO the HERO of your story is and why it is so important to have one in order to get your point across effectively.  LAWYERS and LAW STUDENTS: Click here to sign up for our free newsletter where I share in depth tips and strategies for mastering the Art of the Jury Trial. And be sure to check back soon for a special offer exclusively for attorneys! Download AUDIO here (MP3)  
TLC:033 PUBLIC DEFENDERS and PRIVATE LAWYERS
Trial Lawyer Confidential
In This Episode: I pull back the curtain on the difference between public defenders, appointed counsel and private lawyers. So often the injustices involved in the system are blamed on the performance of a lawyer rather than an inherent bias in our society against those we choose to marginalize. The episode explores why it is so necessary to adequately fund offices that provide defense for those defendants who cannot afford to hire their own attorney. The Rand Study of the Philadelphia Public Defender System can be found here.  TRIAL LAWYER MENTOR Quick Tip: There was no Tip this week due to the length of the episode, however I do highly recommend Malcolm Gladwell’s latest book DAVID and GOLIATH. There is a link below to purchase the book which has an overall theme of understanding why the underdog is so often successful seemingly against all odds as well as a truly insightful discussion about California’s Three Strikes Law.  LAWYERS and LAW STUDENTS: Click here to sign up for our free newsletter where I share in depth tips and strategies for mastering the Art of the Jury Trial. And be sure to check back soon for a special offer exclusively for attorneys! Download AUDIO here (MP3) To read the CALIFORNIA LAWYER magazine cover story, scroll down to the post below or click HERE.   David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
CALIFORNIA LAWYER
Trial Lawyer Confidential
I was honored recently to be featured in a cover story about the Los Angeles County Public Defenders Office. We recently celebrated 100 years of zealous advocacy on behalf of indigent clients. As a trial lawyer, I would have preferred more mention of the trials that we do, but I think this does shed some light on the issue of plea bargains. As you may know from my episode on plea bargains I think the practice is a necessary evil in our current system, but I would like to see it reformed to be more transparent and so that  defendants are not pressured into plea deals by draconian maximum sentences and exorbitant bail. To read the article from California Magazine, click HERE.
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Location
Los Angeles, California, USA
Episode Count
42
Podcast Count
2
Total Airtime
49 minutes, 46 seconds