Marc Garfinkle

Marc Garfinkle is a criminal and civil trial lawyer in New Jersey. He will teach “Criminal Law – 101″.

Marc D. Garfinkle, Esq. “hung out a shingle” in San Francisco on the day of his swearing in, back in 1978.  A few years later, he moved to the Garden State where he again hung out a shingle.  Today, his practice emphasizes criminal defense matters and licensing issues involving attorneys and other professionals.

In addition to his practice, Marc is Adjunct Professor of Persuasion and Advocacy at Seton Hall Law School, municipal Public Defender in Livingston, NJ, and teaches skills to law students for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA). Marc is a former investigator and past chair of the NJ Supreme Ct. Dist. Attorney Ethics Committee, and is Chair of the Essex County NJ Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Practice Committee.

Marc is a member of the Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Association for Justice, the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA), the American Bar Association and Phi Beta Kappa.

Marc’s popular book, “$olo Contendere: How to Go Directly from Law School into the Practice of Law Without Getting a Job” offers advice and inspiration to a generation of new lawyers who go out on their own.  Marc has also written “The Hip-Pocket Guide to Testifying in Court,” “The New Lawyer’s Hip-Pocket Guide to Appearing in Court,” and the “Law Enforcement Officer’s Hip-Pocket Guide to Testifying in Court.

Syllabus – Criminal Law – 101

Criminal Law – 101

The Criminal Practice

  • Options and opportunities
  • The reasons we do it
  • A few things you should know

Developing a criminal clientele

  • Referrals from lawyers
  • Marketing and networking
  • Creating a great reputation

Initial client interview

  • Getting clients into your office
  • What to find out
  • What to say
  • How to get paid

Visiting clients in jail

  • Jail vs. Prisons
  • What to expect
  • What is expected of you


  • How it works
  • Bondsmen and other alternatives
  • Bail reduction
  • Source hearings

Representing a criminal defendant in court – some basics

  • Local courts
  • State courts
  • Federal courts