This is a live, in-person Law of Self Defense LEVEL 1 Class presented by Attorney Andrew Branca, being held in Central City IA (30 minutes north of Cedar Rapids) on Saturday, October 21, 2016, from 9:00am to 4:00pm. This class is being graciously hosted by Cedar Valley Outfitters.
Also, in order to keep costs as low as possible, we offer the option of registering for the class alone, without also having to purchase the optional class materials (presentation slides and book). For those of you who would prefer a single price for both the class and materials (slides & book), however, you can save 10% (about $20) by selecting the CLASS & MATERIALS option above. Note that the simulator module and CLE remain separate options, either way!
Alternatively, you can register for the class and either forgo the materials, or pay separately for whatever of the materials you prefer.
This class covers the self-defense laws of IOWA, based on that state’s self-defense relevant statutes, jury instructions, and court decisions. Scroll down for a detailed description and syllabus of what’s covered in this LEVEL 1 Class.
Law of Self Defense Simulator Module
NEW: We are adding an OPTIONAL Law of Self Defense Simulator Module to this class. Law of Self Defense has partnered with Ti Simulations to bring you this unique opportunity, combining the advanced simulation technology of the Ti platform and the legal insight and analysis of Attorney Andrew Branca.
Students who elect this option will have the opportunity to run through self-defense scenarios on a laser-based shooting simulator. Each student will run through at least one scenario. Upon completion of the scenario, Attorney Andrew Branca will conduct a self-defense law debrief of the “defender’s” use-of-force decision-making. Every student will observe every other student’s run, so all of those participating will have the opportunity to learn from each other. The scenarios will be run for at least one hour, and students may be able to do multiple runs if time allows. (We don’t yet know how long each run will take per student, nor how many students may sign up for the option.)
The Law of Self Defense Simulator Module is an optional add on, and costs an additional $99.99 per student. This option is NOT available separately from the LEVEL 1 Class; you MUST be registered for this LEVEL 1 Class or be a graduate of a prior LEVEL 1 Class in order to participate in the Law of Self Defense Simulator Module, as the legal debrief will be based upon the education received through the LEVEL 1 Class.
If you wish to participate in the optional Law of Self Defense Simulator Module you must pre-pay in the sidebar to the right. THERE ARE ONLY 12 SLOTS AVAILABLE FOR THE SIMULATOR MODULE. These will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis! Only those who have paid to enroll in the Simulator Module will be permitted to participate in OR OBSERVE this module. The Simulator Module runs immediately after the day’s LEVEL 1 Class, and should be wrapped up no later than 6pm.
Other Seminar Options
Once you’ve indicated your registration in the ticket form below, there are several additional options you may consider, each of which may also be selected in the ticket form at the bottom of this page.
OPTIONAL: CLE (+$129.99). This class is accredited for 6.0 hours of CLE (general) by the IA bar. (THIS INCLUDES A COPY OF THE PRESENTATION SLIDES, a $29.99 value.)
OPTIONAL: Add presentation slides (+$29.99). You may pre-order a printed-and-bound copy of the >400 presentation slides (printed six-to-a-page), and have this provided to you at the start of the seminar. We strongly encourage this, as it facilitates note-taking, but it is not required. We do not bring extra copies to the seminar, so if you want a slide packet on site you must pre-order here.
OPTIONAL: Add autographed copy of “The Law of Self Defense, 3rd Edition” (2016) (+$24.99). Pre-ordering the book to be delivered to you at the class saves you 25% off standard mail ordering. Autographs are provided on-site upon request.
PRE-REGISTRATION and PRE-PAYMENT is REQUIRED for ALL classes. Classes routinely sell out. We do not guarantee a seat unless you have pre-registered and pre-paid. We DO often have to turn away people who simply show up without having pre-registered/paid. DON’T BE THAT GUY.
This class is an in-depth, professional-level education on the on the law of self-defense, delivered in an informal and accessible manner. Questions are answered as long as necessary to ensure that every portion is thoroughly understood.
Through this class you will learn how self-defense laws are applied in the real world to real people in real self-defense scenarios. This class will teach you how prosecutors, defense attorneys, and judges view self-defense cases, and in particular what encourages prosecutors to bring charges and seek convictions.
Conversely, you will learn what aspects of a defensive force encounter help your defense build a compelling narrative of innocence, and how to minimize your vulnerability to prosecution and conviction.
The last hour or so of the seminar is devoted to helping you to build your own personal legally-sound self-defense strategy, incorporating your new understanding of self-defense law into your personal defensive tactics. The goal: teach how how to stay well within the bounds of the law of self-defense as possible without in any way diminishing your ability to win the physical, and as well as the legal, battle.
The class also allows for plenty of Q&A with Attorney Andrew Branca, an internationally recognized expert in American self-defense law. His legal practice, writings, and seminars are considered an essential self-defense law resource by many judges, lawyers, and Federal and local law enforcement.
A detailed syllabus and many reviews of past classes can be viewed at the Law of Self Defense Classes page.
THIS IS AN EDUCATIONAL CLASS. THIS CLASS DOES NOT PROVIDE LEGAL ADVICE. IF YOU ARE IN NEED OF LEGAL ADVICE, CONSULT COMPETENT LEGAL COUNSEL IN THE RELEVANT JURISDICTION. ATTORNEY ANDREW BRANCA IS LICENSED TO PRACTICE LAW ONLY IN THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS.
RECORDING OF THIS CLASS IN ANY MANNER IS PROHIBITED.
ABOUT ATTORNEY ANDREW F. BRANCA
Andrew F. Branca, Esq. is currently in his third decade of practicing law, and is an internationally-recognized expert on the law of self-defense of the United States.
Andrew is a Guest Lecturer at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy, a former Guest Instructor at the Sig Sauer Academy, an NRA Life-Benefactor Member, and an NRA Certified Instructor. He also teaches lawyers how to argue self-defense cases as a certified instructor with the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) system in numerous states around the country. Andrew is also a host on the Outdoor Channel’s TV show “The Best Defense” and contributor to the National Review Online.
Andrew has been quoted as a SME (subject-matter expert) on use-of-force law by the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, and many other mainstream media, including nationally syndicated broadcast media. Recently, Andrew won the UC Berkeley Law School debate on “Stand-Your-Ground,” and spoke at the NRA Annual Meeting Law Symposium on self-defense law. He is also a founding member of USCCA’s Legal Advisory Board.
In addition to being a lawyer, Andrew is also a competitive handgun shooter, an IDPA Charter/Life member (IDPA #13), and a Master-class competitor in multiple IDPA divisions.
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