The Basics of Civil Rights Litigation
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.
I. Why Handle Civil Rights Cases?
II. Civil Rights Plaintiffs
III. Civil Rights Claims
IV. Defendants & Relief Sought
VI. Writing a Civil Rights Complaint
excellent presentation. one of the best. informative, nice demeanor.
Very well done.
This course was interesting but a bit basic.
This was an excellent presentation by a thoughtful presenter, Bravo!
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.
Great speaker; excellent presentation for 1 hour overview
Excellent basic introduction for beginning practitioners.
Good refresher course with useful updates.
Simply excellent on all accounts
I actually enjoyed the topic and the materials, because of the speaker. He was engaging and had a genuine passion for civil rights litigation.
Excellent speaker - very informative and useful information.
Excellent organization and presentation.
Very very well presented.
Scott Michelman is an excellent instructor and gave a great overview of civil rights litigation strategies.
wonderful, will use knoweledge immediately, next week!
It was Great --Very great ! Informative , educational , and Inspiring and helpful to me --thank you a tremendous amount --
enjoyed this speaker and his clear knowledge and enjoyment of the subject
strongly recommend...excellent presenter
very interesting and well-presented
Outstanding. Very compassionate speaker with respect to his topic.
Excellent, concise, focused presentation on basics of filing a civil rights case.
Fairly basic but excellent introduction to civil rights litigation
Great introduction to the area.
an interesting and informative primer
Fantastic overview of the ways in which civil rights litigation differs from other civil litigation!
Appreciated the additional discussion regarding how to draft pleadings.
The best presenter of all the programs I have viewed through Lawline
A number of useful practice tips.
The speaker had a passion for his subject matter that made the program more interesting than I would have anticipated.
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.
practical presentaiton, good emphasis on media, plaintiffs, remedies, forums, relation to tort law
compelling and relevant
great speaker very informative east to listen to he made it very understandable
Really informative. Great class.
Wonderful speaker- clear, relatable, likable. More like him, please!
BASIC yes, but speaker had interesting real life examples.
Great speaker, would have liked a longer program
very enlightening and a lot of practical knowledge as well
Good basic civil rights primer.
This was an excellent overview of civil rights litigation.
Excellent practical introduction to civil rights litigation.
excellent lecture on intro to Civil Rights Law
Excellent speaker, great substantive content.
Good to see a seminar dealing with constitutional issues rather than commercial ones.
Good presenter. Good coverage of topic.
excellent insight provided on immunity and complaint drafting
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.
I have no complaints, not the most riveting of topics but the speaker was good and the material was well presented.
Very clear presentation
Grateful for the ACLU & all it does to defend the Constitution!