In-Person Program

Police Misconduct Litigation

The latest on prosecuting and defending civil rights cases under Section 1983

2170089P01
Wednesday, 1/18/2017, 9:00 am–12:00 pm
MCLE Conference Center, Ten Winter Place, Boston
3 substantive credits, 0 ethics credits
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New this year—Recent case law regarding the use of force, deadly force and tasers

Allegations of police shootings, “take-downs”, verbal abuse, and other forms of police misconduct dominate the national media. What does this mean for lawyers in Massachusetts who work on civil rights cases under Section 1983, and how can attorneys who hope to build their practice do so in this growing field?

This program provides up-to-the-minute information on the latest developments in both prosecuting and defending cases brought under Section 1983, including insider tactics and key legal updates. Expert practitioners delve deep into the major issues from multiple perspectives, using their wealth of experience to share practical tips and strategies for handling these cases from inception through trial. Their unique insights provide you not just with a thorough overview but a solid grounding in the very latest in this area of the law.

Topics covered include individual, supervisory and municipal liability; causes of action; scope of discovery; summary judgment; qualified immunity; trial; damages; and attorneys’ fees. The program demystifies the defense of qualified immunity and discusses the latest legal decisions of which every practitioner must be aware. If you practice in this area—or hope to—this program is for you.

9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction
Thomas R. Donohue, Esq., Brody, Hardoon, Perkins & Kesten LLP, Boston, Chair
9:10 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Qualified Immunity and Legal Updates
Karen M. Blum, Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School, Boston
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Plaintiff's Perspective: Planning to Succeed - Case Selection & Investigation
Panel
Plaintiff's Perspective: Who to Sue, Legal Claims & Avoiding Dismissals
Panel
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Defendant's Perspective: Defending Excessive Force Claims
Panel
Defendant's Perspective: Defending Deadly Force & Taser Cases, Summary Judgment & Trial Tips
Panel
12:00 p.m.
"Ask the Experts" Q&A Session
Panel

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Table of Contents

Chair

Thomas R. Donohue, Esq., Brody, Hardoon, Perkins & Kesten LLP, Boston

Faculty

Karen M. Blum, Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School, Boston
Howard Friedman, Esq., Law Offices of Howard Friedman, Boston
Leonard H. Kesten, Esq., Brody, Hardoon, Perkins & Kesten LLP, Boston
Susan M. Weise, Esq., Boston, City of/Law Department Litigation, Boston

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