Shelia Balkan, PH.D. ,

Criminologist and Court Consultant


Publications include co-authorship of a college textbook entitled Crime and Deviance in America (Belmont: Wadsworth, 1980), and numerous articles on sentencing, including:

  • "How I Began My Life in Crime," in R. J. Berger & R. Quinney (eds.), Storytelling Sociology: Narrative As Social Inquiry, Lynne Rienner Publishers, (2004).
  • "Creative Sentencing: A Good Man Can Do a Bad Thing; A Bad Man Can Do It Better," in: The Journal of the American Bar Association, Section of Criminal Justice, State of Mind Throughout the Criminal Justice Process, April 2001.
  • "Book Review of Sentencing Matters by Michael Torrey, in: Trial, Monthly Magazine of Trial Lawyers of America, October 1996.
  • "Pre-Sentence Strategy: Seeking Flexibility in Federal Guidelines," in: Trial, Monthly Magazine of Trial Lawyers of America, March, 1993.
  • "Individualized Sentencing," in: Trial Talk, a publication of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, Vol. 39, No. 5, May, 1990 (with M. Axt and D. Lyday).

In addition, Dr. Balkan has contributed to the literature on the following subjects:

  • "Preparing the Corporate Client for Criminal Proceedings," in: Complex Crimes Journal of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation (1993).
  • "'What are little girls made of?' Influences on the Violent Female Delinquent," in: M. Haug, et. al. (eds.), The Aggressive Female. Duphar Ltd., 1991 (with R. Berger, Ph.D.).
  • "The Changing Nature of Female Delinquency," in: C. Kopp (ed.), Becoming Female: Development and Stresses. New York: Plenum, 1979 (with R. Berger, Ph.D.).
  • "Doctoral Thesis: "Juvenile Probation Camps After Fifty Years: An Evaluation"

Dr. Balkan's presentations have included:

  • "Substance Abuse and the Concert Business: Us and Them," Panel on Celebrity Clients and Trouble, CIC 2009, January 30, 2009.
  • "True Hollywood Story (THS) Investigates - Serial Killers on the Loose," E! Entertainment, September 12, 2008.
  • "Making Money in Hollywood; Celebrity Sitters," Interview on NPR Talk Radio Show 'The Business,' with Claude Brodesser-Akner, August 20, 2007.
  • Panel on "Ethical Dilemmas Representing High Profile Celebrity Clients," American Bar Association - Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, June 19, 2007.
  • "The Criminal Justice System in America Today," Interview on 'Insider Exclusive' TV Show, hosted by Steve Murphy, May 17, 2007.
  • "Changes in the Federal Sentencing Guidelines," Aspen Advanced Criminal Law Seminar, February 2004.
  • "Surviving the Federal Sentencing Guidelines," 2004 Federal Criminal Law Practice Panel, Los Angeles County Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section, University of California, Los Angeles, January 31, 2004.
  • Panel on "State of Mind throughout the Criminal Justice Process," Mental Health Panel for the American Bar Association, Section of Criminal Justice, April 2001.
  • "Sentencing," Aspen Advanced Criminal Law Seminar, February 1999 (with Vicki Podberesky, Esq.).
  • "Sentencing (An Occasionally Needed Skill)," NORML Key West Seminar, Key West, Florida, December 7, 1989.
  • "Private Sentencing Reports: An Alternative to the Probation Department's Slam Dunk." Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Annual Convention, Snowmass, Colorado, August, 1989.
  • "The Politics of Gangs." Panel member at National Lawyers Guild Annual Convention, Los Angeles, California, June 16, 1989.
  • "Preparation for Sentencing." NORML Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico, April, 1989.
  • "Creative Sentencing: A Just Alternative." Advanced Criminal Law Seminars, Aspen, Colorado, February, 1984.
  • "Creating the Private Presentence Report: A New Look At Conflict in Criminological Application." The American Society of Criminology, Denver, Colorado, November 1983.
  • "The Violent Female Delinquent: Myth or Reality." Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, San Antonio, Texas, March 1983 (with R. Berger, Ph.D.).