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Mar 10 Mtg: Milt Silverman on defense attorneys and trials (reader: Tamara Merrill)

March 10, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm


Criminal Defense Attorney Milt Silverman to speak at

San Diego Chapter of Sisters in Crime March 10

If you’ve ever wondered how a defense attorney prepares to try a murder case, be sure to join Partners in Crime, the San Diego chapter of the national organization Sisters in Crime, at our next meeting on Saturday, March 10, held at Writers Ink in Liberty Station.

Partners in Crime welcomes prominent San Diego criminal defense attorney and “legal legend” Milt Silverman as he discusses criminal trials and answers questions from members and guests.

Learn from an expert about solving your legally-oriented challenges in conceiving how characters plan and act related to a crime or its aftermath. Unless you’ve been intimately involved in working a murder case, this is probably very foreign territory.

At some point most crime writers wonder how a defense attorney approaches, prepares, and tries a murder case. What are the mechanics? How are difficult obstacles confronted? How do you balance the job of advocate with the moral consequences of crime?

Our March speaker will answer these questions, but as with a very good murder mystery, he’ll add a twist, a bizarre angle, or an unexpected ending to the mix. (Please see his bio below.)

Our March reader will be Tamara Merrill, who will read her short story from the newly published anthology Magic, Mystery & Murder. (Please see her bio below.)

The chapter meets from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.at San Diego Writers Ink, 2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Suite 202 (located above the Women’s Museum) in Liberty Station, Point Loma.

Sisters in Crime is a national organization with local chapters which supports mystery and crime writers and promotes reading the genre. We are authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians bound by our affection for the mystery genre and our support of women who write mysteries. We are open for everyone’s participation.

Each meeting usually features a short reading from a recently published or soon-to-be-published novel followed by a presentation by a mystery or crime writer or knowledgeable professional in a field of interest to mystery writers and readers.

San Diego chapter meetings are usually held on the second Saturday of the month (subject to change), starting with a social period with refreshments, followed by a brief membership meeting.

Attendance is free for members and $5 for non-members, which may be applied to membership. Dues are $25 per year, plus membership in the national organization. Members may join at our meeting, with payment by check, cash or credit card, or online at http://www.sistersincrimesd.org.



Milt Silverman is a true San Diego legal “legend” (a title conferred by the San Diego County Bar Association). He’s a member of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers; was named San Diego Trial Lawyer of the Year and Outstanding Trial Lawyer twice by the San Diego Trial Lawyers Association; was inducted into the local Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame; and he received an NAACP Freedom award for representing African-American sailors involved in a so-called mutiny on the USS Kitty Hawk during the Vietnam war.

Milt was lead defense counsel for several high-profile criminal cases with fascinating fact patterns: a person hypnotized to commit a crime, a man who killed in self-defense to prevent rape by a female, a black youth who shot two police officers and a civilian ride-along after a seemingly routine traffic stop, and a Marine who falsely confessed to murdering a fellow Marine who actually committed suicide.



Tamara Merrill is a left brain/right brain woman. Her skills extend from writing fiction, to writing computer programs, and to tackling any DIY project. Tamara admits to reading excessively (she has what she calls “a book a day habit”). Tamara published her first short story at the age of nine in the official Girl Scout magazine; AMERICAN GIRL. She continues to love the short story format and reads, and writes, them often. Tamara is the author of the popular Augustus Family Trilogy; FAMILY LIES, FAMILY MATTERS and FAMILY MYTHS. She has published multiple short stories in the popular women’s magazines and in anthologies. In addition to reading Tamara often teaches in the adult education system and enjoys walking on the beach, crafts, painting, dining with friends, and travel. She is available to speak at book clubs; in person or via SKYPE. Tamara currently resides in Coronado, CA. You can contact her through Email: Tamara@TamaraMerrill.com. or Facebook: @TamaraMerrillAuthor or her Website: TamaraMerrill.com


March 10, 2018
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
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The Ink Spot (San Diego Writers, Ink)
2730 Historic Decatur Rd., Suite 202
San Diego,CA92106United States
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