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Police Misconduct and Section 1983 for the Trial Attorney

Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017
Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm EST
Length: 90 minutes

Sponsored by Lorman Education Services

Registration for Session Only: $199.00

Registration plus Session Recording and Written Materials: $268.00


Are you up-to-date on the laws pertaining to police misconduct and civil liability?

Acts of alleged police misconduct, especially shootings, have received significant media coverage and are the topic of conversation and even protests. Police civil liability is a growing area of the law.

Yet litigation under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 is specialized and difficult to master. Whether you are new to the practice area, want to expand your practice, or regularly sue, defend or advise police and sheriff's departments, you should be up to date.

This material will cover § 1983 Supreme Court decisions from the past two terms, leading trends and hot topics in the use of force, and top ten discovery, evidence, and trial issues of the day.

Areas Covered in the Session:

Recent Supreme Court Decisions

  • Kingsley v. Henderson
  • County of Los Angeles v. Mendez
  • Mullenix v. Luna
  • White v. Pauly

Latest Thinking on Use of Force and Dealing With Emotionally Disturbed Persons

  • National Consensus Policy on the Use of Force Issued by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and Ten Other Agencies
  • Police Executive Research Forum's (PERF's) "30 Guiding Principles on Use of Force" and De-Escalation
  • Supreme Court's Decision in City and County of San Francisco v. Sheehan, and the
  • Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Revised Taser Guidelines
  • Shooting at Vehicles
  • Choke Holds
  • Positional Asphyxia (the "I Can't Breathe" Phenomenon)

Other Hot Topics

  • Police Body Worn Cameras (BWCs) and Citizen Video Phones
  • DNA Exonerations

Discovery, Evidence and Trial Issues

  • Plaintiff's Prior Arrests and Convictions
  • Outcome of Criminal Charges Against Plaintiff
  • Plaintiff's Motive to Flee or Resist
  • Officer's Prior "Bad" Acts
  • Directives, General Orders, Standard Operating Procedures
  • Investigation of Incident, Conclusions and Recommendations
  • Opinion Testimony From Expert Witnesses
  • Opinion Testimony From Lay Witnesses
  • Qualified Immunity as Judge or Jury Issue
  • Special Verdict Forms: Qualified Immunity and Damages

Credit Information (Sponsored by Lorman Education Services):

  • CLE
  • NALA
For Detailed Credit Information page click here

Only registered attendee will receive continuing education credit.

Instructor Profile:

Wayne C. Beyer, Wayne C. Beyer

  • Litigator, author, presenter, and former administrative appeals judge
  • Lead counsel in 300-350 police misconduct cases, including 30 jury trials, involving Fourth Amendment excessive force, false arrest, illegal search, fatal shootings, positional asphyxia, cell suicide, pursuits, failure to render medical assistance, failure to protect, First Amendment, malicious prosecution, and wrongful conviction
  • Assistant corporation counsel and assistant attorney general for the District of Columbia and outside counsel to New Hampshire’s Property and Liability Insurance Trust
  • Presenter at national programs for Georgetown University Law Center, Defense Research Institute, the American Bar Association and the Federal Judicial Center for District and Magistrate Judges
  • Author of law review and magazine articles on police misconduct
  • Member International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Sheriffs Association, and Police Executive Research Forum
  • Formerly associate and partner at prominent New Hampshire law firms; chief of staff U.S. General Services Administration; and rendered 750 final decisions on employment and labor issues for the Executive Branch of the United States Government as member, chairman, chief judge, U.S. Department of Labor Administrative Review Board and member Federal Labor Relations Authority
  • J.D. degree, Georgetown University Law Center, Dartmouth College, and Harvard University
  • Can be contacted at 603-356-5106 or

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