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A Comprehensive Legal Primer on Civil Rights Litigation

This practical primer on civil rights litigation provides you with critical perspectives from both sides of the aisle. Our all-star lineup panel of plaintiff and defense attorneys will share their knowledge and provide you with practical information on common complaints, deposition and discovery, jury selection, litigation techniques, and more. You'll take away the knowledge you need to confidently litigate in this high-stakes area of the law - register today!

  • Know how lawsuits work - clarify the legal basis behind freedom of speech, due process and other claims.
  • Master Section 1983 claims - know what to do when plaintiffs allege their constitutional rights were violated.
  • Determine what information is - and isn't - discoverable during civil rights litigation.
  • Ensure you are asking the right questions during jury selection by properly gauging attitudes on civil rights and more.
  • Effectively use experts, prove the necessity of damages, settle claims and more!

  1. Common Civil Rights Complaints: Legal Basis and How They Work
    11:00 - 11:45, Michael Nadimi
    1. Equal Protection
    2. Excessive Force
    3. Due Process
    4. Privacy
    5. Freedom of Speech
    6. Immunities Afforded Government Entities
  2. Section 1983 Claims: Essential Considerations
    11:45 - 12:45, Michael Nadimi
    1. Deprivation of Rights
    2. Who Can be Sued: Police Officers, School Officials and Others
    3. Immunities of Government Officials
    4. Timeline of a 1983 Claim: What Attorneys Need to Know
    5. Procedural Tips and Best Practices
  3. Initial Steps in Civil Rights Cases
    1:00 - 1:45, Michael Nadimi
    1. Client Intake for Civil Rights Claims
    2. Key Questions to Ask: Does a Claim Exist?
    3. Choice of Law: Federal vs. State Courts
    4. Sample Client Intake Forms
  4. Discovery and Deposition for Civil Rights Claims
    1:45 - 2:30, Kathleen L. Wieneke
    1. Preservation of Evidence: Police Departments, Employers, Etc.
    2. Discovery: Dealing with Government Entities and Other Common Defendants
    3. Key Documents to Obtain
    4. Deposing Police Officers and Other Common Defendants
    5. Use of Expert Witnesses in Civil Rights Claims
  5. Jury Selection for Civil Rights Claims
    3:00 - 4:00, Kathleen L. Wieneke
    1. The Importance of Venue
    2. Gauging Juror Attitudes on Civil Rights
    3. Determining Attitudes on Damages
    4. Dealing With Hostile Jurors
    5. Specific Techniques for Different Types of Claims
    6. Sample Questionnaires
  6. Litigation Essentials for Civil Rights Claims
    4:00 - 4:45, Joshua A. Newville
    1. Summary Judgement: How Cases are Thrown Out
    2. Use of Experts and Other Key Witnesses
    3. Damages: Proving or Disproving Necessity
    4. Settlement Considerations
  7. Ethical Considerations
    5:00 - 6:00, Joshua A. Newville
    1. Contingent Fee Agreements
    2. Attorney's Obligation as an Officer of the Court
    3. Rules of Conduct for Advertising and Soliciting Clients
    4. Potential Conflicts Between Client's Civil Rights Case and Criminal Prosecution

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