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