This is a live, in-person Montana-specific LEVEL 2 Class presented by Attorney Andrew Branca, being held in Kalispell (Kila) MT on Sunday, May 20, 2018, from 8:30 am to 12:30pm.
Early registration price of $149.99 EXPIRES April 21! On that date the regular registration price of $199.99 takes effect!
In this LEVEL 2 Class we explain in detail how the trial and appellate courts actually work, how they go about interpreting and applying the law to real people in real cases, and we take selected Montana use-of-force court decisions and examine them in detail. This is essential to fully understanding the actual law of self-defense in any state, because it is in the court decisions that “the rubber meets the road” and the law is truly defined. Statutory language is important to know, but statutes don’t have any power by themselves; they only have power when they are interpreted and applied by courts to real people in real self-defense cases. That happens in the court decisions we examine in the LEVEL 2 Class.
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.
The Law of Self-Defense LEVEL 2 Class provides an in-depth and comprehensive legal education on the MT–specific case law (court decisions) governing self-defense, presented by a nationally recognized legal expert in the field. The classes are in-person and conducted by Attorney Andrew Branca.
The LEVEL 2 Class builds upon the Law of Self Defense LEVEL 1 Class, which is a mandatory pre-requisite (you can have taken a LEVEL 1 Class at any prior time, not necessarily the LEVEL 1 Class that immediately precedes this class. See below for information on waiving this requirement). The LEVEL 1 Class provides a full-day education on the general legal principles governing the lawful use of force in defense of self, others, and property, illustrated at a high level with the relevant statutes, jury instructions, and case law of the state in which the class is held. There is insufficient time in a single day, however, to cover all that material as well as to dive deeply into the self-defense court decisions for that state,.
That’s where the LEVEL 2 Class comes in.
In the LEVEL 2 Class we take selected use-of-force court decisions and examine them in detail. This is essential to fully understanding the actual law of self-defense in any state, because it is in the court decisions that “the rubber meets the road” and the law is truly defined. Statutory language is important to know, but statutes don’t have any power by themselves; they only have power when they are interpreted and applied by courts to real people in real self-defense cases. That happens in the court decisions we examine in the LEVEL 2 Class.
The LEVEL 2 Class is approximately four hours in duration and consists of the following modules:
Overview of the Appellate Courts in the Context of Use-of-Force Law
This module provides the student with an understanding of the self-defense court process, where these controlling court decisions take place, how cases get there, and how these courts arrive at their legal conclusions.
Appellate Case Law on Use-of-Force Justification
This module forms the bulk of the LEVEL 2 Class. Here we take a list of approximately 10 of the most important use-of-force court decisions in the relevant 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 by the prosecution and defense, what law the appellate court applied to the case, and how they arrived at their final decision. We will examine both the majority decision as well as any dissenting decisions, where appropriate.
We often describe the LEVEL 1 Class as a law school-level education on use-of-force law, and we are routinely told by lawyers taking the class for Continuing Legal Education purposes that it is the best CLE class they have ever attended. In that context, the LEVEL 2 Class can be thought of as a graduate-level education above and beyond the LEVEL 1 Class.
Other LEVEL 2 Class Options
Once you’ve indicated your registration in the ticket form above, 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: Add presentation slides (+$29.99). You may pre-order a printed-and-bound copy of the >200 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. (NOTE: If you choose the CLASS & MATERIALS option above, the slides are included.) THESE MUST BE ORDERED BY MAY 17!
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.
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 classes are considered an essential self-defense law resource by many judges, lawyers, and Federal and local law enforcement.
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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