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Each class offers a ($100) optional simulator-
Law of Self Defense LEVEL 2 Class
Sunday, September 22, 2019
9AM to 1PM
(IMPORTANT: All times are approximate, EXCEPT THAT THE CLASS WILL START PROMPTLY AT 9AM. Please plan to arrive no later than 8:30AM to get signed in and seated.)
In the LEVEL 2 Class we take real court decisions from your state and examine them in detail. It is in the court decisions that “the rubber meets the road” and the law is truly defined. Statutes are important to know, but they don’t have any real power by themselves; they must be interpreted and applied by courts to real people in real self-defense cases. Each state covered is a half day class.
This class is designed to engage students with real applications of their state’s laws. Participants will know how the law is applied in a deep, practical, and actionable way to situations that arise in their daily lives.
OVERVIEW OF THE APPELLATE COURTS IN THE CONTEXT OF USE-OF-FORCE LAW
First 1/2 Hour
Provides an understanding of the self-defense court process, where controlling court decisions take place, how cases get there, and how courts arrive at their conclusions.
5 PRINCIPLES OF THE LAW OF SELF DEFENSE
Second 1/2 Hour
Provides a quick overview and refresher on the five elements of a self-defense, because a court’s decision uses these five elements. This brief review is intended as a refresher to students as well as a re-emphasis based on case law.
APPELLATE CASE LAW ON USE-OF-FORCE JUSTIFICATION
Final 3 Hours
Here we take a list of approximately 10 of the most important use-of-force court decisions in your state and break them down in detail. We examine the parties involved, what they did (and didn’t do), how the courts perceived the facts of the case, what legal arguments were made, what law the appellate court applied, and how they arrived at their final decision. We will examine both the majority decision as well as any dissenting decisions, where appropriate. We will then discuss how this impact’s the student’s decisions when using force to defend themselves.
CAUTION: THE LEVEL 1 CLASS IS A STRONGLY RECOMMENDED PREREQUISITE TO ATTENDING THIS LEVEL 2 CLASS!
Many of the concepts used in the LEVEL 2 Class will have been taught in the LEVEL 1 Class the day prior—we will not have time to re-teach these concepts again in the LEVEL 2 Class! Participants in the LEVEL 2 Class who have not previously completed a LEVEL 2 Class may find much of the instruction and discussion in the LEVEL 2 Class difficult to follow. (This caution applies to legal counsel as well as non-attorneys!)
NOTE FOR ATTORNEYS
You are more than welcome to participate in this LEVEL 2 Class, and I hope many of you will take advantage of this opportunity to attend. In particular, it greatly benefits the non-attorney students to have local legal counsel participating in the class. That said, the first hour of this LEVEL 2 Class is devoted to legal concepts and doctrines that you will already know very well, and therefore might find boring. The appellate case law review that follows that first hour, however, should be of great interest to all of you. Should you wish to skip the first hour of this LEVEL 2 Class no offense will be taken—the decision is yours. NOTE: There is no CLE pre-accreditation for this LEVEL 2 Class, but your some state bars allow attorneys to self-report for CLE purposes.
Taking Andrew Branca’s Law of Self Defense Class would be not only a good idea, but an EXCELLENT idea. I’ve known him for many years. He’s one of my graduates, and more to the point, he’s an attorney who focuses on this kind of issue with a passion. I thought his reportage from the courtroom in the Zimmerman case was the gold standard. By all means, take his course.”
-Massad Ayoob, Massad Ayoob Group
As a retired law enforcement officer, a life-long firearms trainer, and a practicing attorney, Andrew’s lecture in Odenton, Maryland on June 28, 2015 was both timely and well-presented. Discussions with other attendees after class told me that all were deeply impressed.
-Alan Booth, Odenton, MD
I found [Andrew’s] book very useful and informative, but I found the class to be even more so. Partially because of the very specific, knowledgeable discussion of the law in my area, and also because of seeing the impact the presentation was having on the other students. There were moments during the presentation when you could feel the air getting sucked out of the room as Andrew laid out some unpleasant truths about interaction with the legal system. This was obviously new information to many in the room and the looks on their faces told the story of preconceived notions being blown to kingdom come.
-Tim, Gun Nuts Media
The class was extremely valuable to us. Everyone who carries a gun should be in this class, it can save you a lot of problems later.
-Bill L., Chillicothe, OH