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Creating Change: an Introductory Primer for Police Misconduct and Civil Rights Cases Webinar


Tuesday, June 16, 2020

2:00 - 2:05 p.m.
Moderator Instructions
2:05 - 2:20
Let's Take a Breath to Heal Our Country
  • What Can Trial Lawyers Do to Help?
  • How Can the Justice and Policing Systems Be Improved?
  • Where Do I Learn More Information About These Issues?
2:20 - 2:40 p.m.
Navigating Land Mine Issues with Client Representation
  • Representing Clients with Criminal Charges   
  • Varying Types of Injuries
  • Navigating the Media in Highly Publicized Cases
2:40 - 3:00 p.m.
Pleading Basics for Civil Rights and Police Misconduct Civil Cases
  • Factual Pleading Standards for §1983 Cases  
  • Surviving a Motion to Dismiss  
  • Common Causes of Action in Police Misconduct Cases
  • Integrating State Law Claims
3:00 - 3:25 p.m.
Best Practicing for Dealing with Municipal Defendants
  • Overview of Policy and Custom "Monell" Pleadings  
  • Engaging Police   
  • Officer Complaints
  • Citizen Review Boards
3:25 - 3:40 p.m.
Common Issues in Police Misconduct and Civil Rights Cases
  • Preparing and Working Around the Absence of Reliable Evidence 
  • Coverage for Damages
  • Discovery, Proportionality and Bifurcation Issues
  • Surviving Summary Judgement
  • Disarming Juror Biases
3:40 - 4:30 p.m.
Representing Protesters in Criminal Court
  • Intake: Should I Take This Case or Refer it Out?
  • Arraignment
  • Know Your Statute: Is Your State a "Bail Reform" Jurisdiction
  • Felony Hearings
  • Getting Your Client Released Pre-Trial
  • Motions to Dismiss
  • Discovery and Knowing Your Deadlines
4:30 - 4:45 p.m.
Qualified Immunity: What's Happening on the Hill?
4:45 - 5:00 p.m.
Question & Answer Session