|Production Date:||August 27 2010|
Some of the country's most important and interesting legal and political issues derive from civil rights litigation. These include constitutional issues involving the state or federal government, municipalities, school districts, and individual defendants. In this fascinating presentation, Scott Michelman, staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), lends his vast expertise to a detailed discussion of the ins and outs of litigating civil rights and civil liberties cases. Beginning with an overview of the importance of this diverse practice area, Mr. Michelman provides guidance on where to find plaintiffs with civil rights claims, what makes a good plaintiff, and the factors that an attorney should consider when deciding where to sue a defendant . Mr. Michelman also explores the pleading and complaint writing process in light of the recent decision Ashcroft v. Iqbal, and examines the ways in which qualified immunity can shield government officials from liability stemming from these claims. Concluding with a conversation about his personal experience as an ACLU attorney, Mr. Michelman instructs attorneys on how to expand their practice to include a focus in this rewarding area of the law and how to best pursue justice for their clients.
Please note: This course is accredited for 1.0 credit in General or Practical Skills for Oregon attorneys.
I. Why Handle Civil Rights Cases?
II. Civil Rights Plaintiffs
III. Civil Rights Claims
IV. Defendants & Relief Sought
VI. Writing a Civil Rights Complaint
Alicia (Clinton, NY)
Excellent speaker, great substantive content.
Daniel (East Meadow, NY)
Norman (Newport, RI)
excellent lecture on intro to Civil Rights Law
Kevin (Highland Park, IL)
Excellent practical introduction to civil rights litigation.
Lisa (McGraw, NY)
Sharon (Washington, DC)
Wonderful speaker- clear, relatable, likable. More like him, please!
John (Salem, OR)
Good basic civil rights primer.
Jamey (Golden, CO)
Jodie (Grand Junction, CO)
Great speaker, would have liked a longer program
John (Vancouver, WA)
very enlightening and a lot of practical knowledge as well
Kelly (Peyton, CO)
BASIC yes, but speaker had interesting real life examples.
John (New York, NY)
practical presentaiton, good emphasis on media, plaintiffs, remedies, forums, relation to tort law
Anthony (Forest Park, IL)
Gerard (hicksville, NY)
great speaker very informative east to listen to he made it very understandable
Ira (Chicago, IL)
Very thorough, engaging and efficient usage of an hour and coverage of the law with a superb inclusion of pertinent examples drawn from the speaker's personal litigation experience.
Richard (Downers Grove, IL)
Anne (Longmont, CO)
very interesting and well-presented
lisa (evanston, IL)
The speaker had a passion for his subject matter that made the program more interesting than I would have anticipated.
John (Chicago, IL)
Great introduction to the area.
Christopher (Elgin, IL)
A number of useful practice tips.
Wayne (Chicago, IL)
Outstanding. Very compassionate speaker with respect to his topic.
Chinwe (Tucson, AZ)
Appreciated the additional discussion regarding how to draft pleadings.
Laura (Oak Brook, IL)
Tiffany (Thornton, CO)
Fantastic overview of the ways in which civil rights litigation differs from other civil litigation!
Richard (Eagan, MN)
an interesting and informative primer
Catherine (Washington, DC)
Excellent, concise, focused presentation on basics of filing a civil rights case.
David (Little Rock, AR)
wonderful, will use knoweledge immediately, next week!
Alan (Alexandria, VA)
Scott Michelman is an excellent instructor and gave a great overview of civil rights litigation strategies.
Lisa (Forest Grove, OR)
daniel (Westport, CT)
Douglas (Darien, CT)
Colette (Craig, CO)
enjoyed this speaker and his clear knowledge and enjoyment of the subject
Tonye (Denver, CO)
Sam (Salem, OR)
Sara (Denver, CO)
Simply excellent on all accounts
Roger (Audubon, NJ)
strongly recommend...excellent presenter
Burns (Ridgeland, MS)
It was Great --Very great ! Informative , educational , and Inspiring and helpful to me --thank you a tremendous amount --
Timothy (Fairfield, NJ)
Very very well presented.
Chris (New York, NY)
Excellent organization and presentation.
Daniel (Buffalo Grove, IL)
Excellent speaker - very informative and useful information.
Andrea (bayport, NY)
Warren (New York, NY)
Good refresher course with useful updates.
Prescott (Washington, DC)
Ralph (San Pedro, CA)
Paula (Fullerton, CA)
Paul (San Francisco, CA)
Excellent basic introduction for beginning practitioners.
Eric (San Luis Obispo, CA)
Great speaker; excellent presentation for 1 hour overview
Gerald (Keizer, OR)
Interesting and useful material from a speaker with an interesting background. Not as directly useful in my practice as some other presentations, but worthwhile as general info.
Carol (Greenwich, CT)
This course was interesting but a bit basic.
Lawrence W (Deerfield, IL)
This was an excellent presentation by a thoughtful presenter, Bravo!
Kelly (Madison, MS)
Very well done.
eric (Belleville, IL)
Steven (Washington, DC)
excellent presentation. one of the best. informative, nice demeanor.