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About this Program

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.

Agenda:
I.    Why Handle Civil Rights Cases?
II.   Civil Rights Plaintiffs
III.  Civil Rights Claims
IV.  Defendants & Relief Sought
V.   Venue
VI.  Writing a Civil Rights Complaint
 

Reviews

Steven
Washington, DC

excellent presentation. one of the best. informative, nice demeanor.

eric
Belleville, IL

Very basic.

Kelly
Madison, MS

Very well done.

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!

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.

Prescott
Washington, DC

Good refresher.

Eric
San Luis Obispo, CA

Great speaker; excellent presentation for 1 hour overview

Paul
San Francisco, CA

Excellent basic introduction for beginning practitioners.

Paula
Fullerton, CA

great information

Ralph
San Pedro, CA

Good course.

Evette
Detroit,

Excellent speaker.

Warren
New York, NY

Good refresher course with useful updates.

Andrea
Bayport, NY

excellent speaker

Sara
Denver, CO

Simply excellent on all accounts

Andrea
Lincolnshire, IL

I actually enjoyed the topic and the materials, because of the speaker. He was engaging and had a genuine passion for civil rights litigation.

Sam
Salem, OR

Good Speaker.

Daniel
Buffalo Grove, IL

Excellent speaker - very informative and useful information.

Chris
New York, NY

Excellent organization and presentation.

Timothy
Fairfield, NJ

Very very well presented.

Alan
Alexandria, VA

Scott Michelman is an excellent instructor and gave a great overview of civil rights litigation strategies.

David
Little Rock, AR

wonderful, will use knoweledge immediately, next week!

Burns
Ridgeland, MS

It was Great --Very great ! Informative , educational , and Inspiring and helpful to me --thank you a tremendous amount --

Lisa
Forest Grove, OR

clear, well-organized

Colette
Craig, CO

enjoyed this speaker and his clear knowledge and enjoyment of the subject

Douglas
Darien, CT

interesting,good overview

Roger
Audubon, NJ

strongly recommend...excellent presenter

Tonye
Denver, CO

Good

daniel
Westport, CT

good overall

Laura
Oak Brook, IL

Excellent presentation

Anne
Longmont, CO

very interesting and well-presented

Wayne
Chicago, IL

Outstanding. Very compassionate speaker with respect to his topic.

Richard
Downers Grove, IL

Very informative.

Catherine
Washington, DC

Excellent, concise, focused presentation on basics of filing a civil rights case.

Stephen
Ridgewood,

Fairly basic but excellent introduction to civil rights litigation

John
Chicago, IL

Great introduction to the area.

Richard
Chicago, IL

an interesting and informative primer

Tiffany
Thornton, CO

Fantastic overview of the ways in which civil rights litigation differs from other civil litigation!

Chinwe
Tucson, AZ

Appreciated the additional discussion regarding how to draft pleadings.

Murray R
Charleston, IL

The best presenter of all the programs I have viewed through Lawline

Anthony
Chicago, IL

Great program

Christopher
Elgin, IL

A number of useful practice tips.

lisa
Evanston, IL

The speaker had a passion for his subject matter that made the program more interesting than I would have anticipated.

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.

John
New York, NY

practical presentaiton, good emphasis on media, plaintiffs, remedies, forums, relation to tort law

MELVIN T
Albany,

compelling and relevant

Gerard
Hicksville, NY

great speaker very informative east to listen to he made it very understandable

Suhaib
Skokie,

Excellent presentation.

Richard
Brooklyn, AL

Really informative. Great class.

Sharon
Washington, DC

Wonderful speaker- clear, relatable, likable. More like him, please!

Kelly
Peyton, CO

BASIC yes, but speaker had interesting real life examples.

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

Jamey
Golden, CO

Good information.

John
Salem, OR

Good basic civil rights primer.

Thomas
Los Angeles, CA

This was an excellent overview of civil rights litigation.

Lisa
Mcgraw, NY

hugely informative

Kevin
Highland Park, IL

Excellent practical introduction to civil rights litigation.

Norman
Newport, RI

excellent lecture on intro to Civil Rights Law

Daniel
East Meadow, NY

well presented

Alicia
Clinton, NY

Excellent speaker, great substantive content.

Benjamin
New York, NY

Good to see a seminar dealing with constitutional issues rather than commercial ones.

Vince
Smithtown, NY

Good presenter. Good coverage of topic.

William
Kanab,

excellent insight provided on immunity and complaint drafting

Lisa
New York, NY

Excellent, excellent, excellent. It is so hard to find good CLE courses for my niche practice. I have been doing civil rights work for some time but this was very helpful.

Caitlin
Winston-salem, NC

I have no complaints, not the most riveting of topics but the speaker was good and the material was well presented.

Hector S.

good course

Alexandra
Dobbs Ferry, NY

Very interesting.

Lauren A.
Chicago, IL

Very clear presentation

Andrew
Chicago, IL

Grateful for the ACLU & all it does to defend the Constitution!

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Production Date

August 27, 2010

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Arizona
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California
1 General
Missouri
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North Dakota
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New York
1 Skills
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New Jersey
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Illinois
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TBLS
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