Civil Rights and Governmental Tort Liability


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Contact DRI Education Coordinator Johnny Brown at jbrown@dri.org or 312.698.6212.

Standard: $1195.00
Members: $875.00

Sessions

Limits on the Use of Technology in Small and Large Law Enforcement Departments


Identification: S3

Police officers are expected to be skilled and proficient when using a wide variety of cutting-edge technology. The capabilities and limitations on the use of certain technology can be dependent on the size of the law enforcement department. This presentation will discuss how departments both large and small are handling the use of technology such as body cameras and fleet cameras, and how departments are training their employees to store the data from such technology properly to avoid chain of custody and spoliation issues.

Speaker(s):
Standard: $125.00
Members: $100.00

From Sandy Hook to Santa Fe: A Panel Discussion on Preventing School Shootings


Identification: S2

A school resource officer and law enforcement officer, school administrator, and litigator will answer questions about situations confronting them in recent school shooting cases. Our panel will have an open discussion about the issues confronting their respective professions, from trying to prevent school shootings to handling litigation after school shootings.

Moderator(s): Speaker(s):
Standard: $125.00
Members: $100.00

Use of “Me Too” EvidenceUse of “Me Too” Evidence

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Use of “Me Too” Evidence


Identification: S11

Frequently, plaintiffs attempt to introduce other instances of discrimination or harassment against other employees by the alleged harasser or employer as evidence to prove their claims. Learn how to challenge the admissibility of such evidence and how to defend against the use of it if the evidence is deemed admissible.

Speaker(s):
Standard: $125.00
Members: $100.00

Has the Demise of Qualified Immunity Been Greatly Exaggerated?


Identification: S4

The doctrine of qualified immunity has been increasingly under attack by scholars and judges. Even Justice Thomas has suggested that the doctrine should be revisited and revised to reflect its application at common law. The CATO Institute is filing amicus curiae briefs on behalf of plaintiffs. Along with providing a survey of recent case law across the circuits, Professor Blum will examine the major criticisms directed at the doctrine and highlight the confusion surrounding its application at each stage of Section 1983 litigation. Will the qualified immunity defense be revamped, or will it remain the “darling” of the Supreme Court?

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Standard: $125.00
Members: $100.00

Responding to and Recent Efforts to Roll Back and Attack the Use of Qualified Immunity


Identification: S5

Qualified immunity was recently referred to as an “unlawful assault on civil rights and police accountability.” After Professor Blum’s presentation, gain insight from the State and Local Legal Center’s executive director on how to counter these efforts and effectively respond to the use of such publications and efforts against your clients.

Speaker(s):
Standard: $125.00
Members: $100.00

How Far? How Deep? How Wide? Responding to and Limiting Monell Discovery


Identification: S7

Gain practical insight on common discovery issues relating to Monell claims, including defining the scope of policies and procedures that need to be produced and how to set limitations effectively on temporal limitations relating to requests for personnel files.

Speaker(s):
Standard: $125.00
Members: $100.00

Supreme Court ReviewSupreme Court Review

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Supreme Court Review


Identification: S10

Supreme Court advocate Tom Dupree will break down the politics, personalities, and leading cases, as the Court launches a new term with a new Justice. Mr. Dupree’s engaging, energetic and informative presentation will provide invaluable information that every civil rights and governmental liability practitioner needs to know.

Speaker(s):
Standard: $125.00
Members: $100.00

Nuts and Bolts of 42 U.S.C. §1983 Claims and Litigation


Identification: S12

This breakout will provide an understanding of how to analyze and litigate a 42 U.S.C. §1983 claim once it hits your desk. All attendees are invited to this session because it will also provide a refresher for experienced practitioners.

Speaker(s):
Standard: $125.00
Members: $100.00

Handling Critical Litigation and Evidentiary Issues in Police Liability Defense Cases


Identification: S14

When defending police officers and municipalities in police liability cases, practitioners are faced with a multitude of issues from the moment a complaint is filed. 

This session will cover questions that we commonly ask ourselves when defending these cases: 

  1. Should you remove the case to federal court? Do you
  2. file a motion to dismiss when the plaintiff will likely be able to amend to cure the defects?
  3. How do you effectively handle the deposition of a plaintiff? 
  4. Should you depose the plaintiff’s experts? 
  5. How do you effectively set the case up for summary judgment motion based on qualified immunity? 
  6. How do you effectively use motions in limine? 
  7. What issues should you consider when preparing jury instructions or special verdict forms? 

You won’t want to miss the critical answers to these questions and many more.

Speaker(s):
Standard: $125.00
Members: $100.00

Ethical and Effective Use of Motion Practice and Representing Multiple Parties: A View from the Bench


Identification: S15

Hear from a federal magistrate on how to use motion practice effectively and ethically to try and resolve cases or limit the scope of issues for trial. The presentation will discuss counsel’s ethical obligations to the court and opposing counsel when citing nonbinding and unreported legal authority and evidence in a summary judgment motion. There will also be a discussion about ethical issues when representing multiple parties, such as a municipality and its police officers in civil rights litigation.

Speaker(s):
Standard: $125.00
Members: $100.00
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