Civil Rights Litigation Part I: Case Intake and Evaluation

Production Date: September 25, 2015 Practice Areas: Constitutional Law, Litigation, Civil Rights, and Public Interest Law Estimated Length: 3713 minutes


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In this course, the first of a multi-part series on litigating civil rights cases, Ameer Benno, a New York City-based civil rights attorney, explains the case intake and evaluation process, walking the viewer through the initial, but critically important, steps that should be taken by plaintiff’s counsel in all civil rights cases. These include conducting a proper client interview, drafting an appropriate retainer agreement, conducting pre-action investigation, determining the proper forum in which to bring the action, and complying with all prerequisites to filing the lawsuit.  


Learning Objectives:

I.     Recognize how to conduct a client intake interview

II.    Understand the legal and ethical requirements of a civil rights retainer agreement 

III.   Comprehend how to conduct a post-intake investigation, so as to identify the proper parties, claims, potential defenses, and time limitations, and to preserve essential evidence

IV.   Become acquainted with the legal prerequisites to commencing an action 

V.    Gain insight on how to determine whether to bring the action in state or federal court

James J.
Bellport, NY

Great presenter. Clear and concise!

Steven G.
Woodstock, NY

very well done. informative, concise, good speaking style.

Patrick K.
Bridgewater, NJ

great work

Arthur G.
Rutherford, NJ

very good presentation.

Michael B.
Seattle, WA

Very good. I wasn't familiar before. I also like the presenter. I have taken several courses from him.

Nancy W.
Dallas, TX

Very thorough. Excellent slides and supplemental aids. Especially good insight into intake form and retainer letter. Was delightfully enlightened.

Eileen V.
East Rockaway, NY

Great information and handouts.

Derek W.
Shelbyville, KY

Well done.

Michael P.
Jackson Heights, NY


jon s.
Brownsville, TX

Nobody's better than Benno !

Kevin S.
Yorktown Heights, NY

Excellent speaker

Robert P.
San Jose, CA

Very informative presentation, thank you.

William L S.
Dallas, TX

Excellent nuts and bolts presentation.

Thaddeus A.
Saint Paul, MN

Looking forward to the next editions in the series.

Sharon M.
Washington, DC

Excellent course, easy to listen to presenter.

arthur f.
Omak, WA

very good coverage of intake interview, and retainer agreements ...

Alastair D.
Virginia Beach, VA

I look forward the next ones.

G. Christine P.
Minneapolis, MN

Great presenter! Knowledgeable and engaging with real life examples that made the material more accessible.

tim r.
Seattle, WA

Incredibly well prepared speaker.

Brenda J. G.
Henrico, VA

Excellent presentation. Presenter was very knowledgeable about subject matter, and the materials are thorough.

James G.
Colleyville, TX

Very substantive materials, one of the best sets I have received

Haverstraw, NY


Susan F.
winchester, VA

Very organized and informative presentation.

Michael W.
New York, NY

Informative and well presented course

Jon I.
Bloomington, MN

Very comprehensive.

Sarah S.
Marietta, GA

I found this course and presenter excellent. In general, I do not practice civil litigation (though I do government claims, which have elements of civil litigation), but much of the information such as dealing with clients at the onset of representation and retainer agreements can cross over to my practice.

Daniel B.
Chicago, IL

Covered far more material in 60 minutes than other programs do in 2 hours.

Matthias G.
Homewood, IL

Good tips - especially with client agreements.

Bruce N.
Lehi, UT

Excellent! One of the very best CLEs, highly informational and the included documents are awesome!

Lee H.
Arlinghton heights, IL

Excellent and informative presentation!!! Far more complex and demanding than one might think!! Critical information regarding Retainer Agreement and Prerequisites to Lawsuits--one had better comply with the exhaustion of remedies requirements or you're going to get your case thrown out!!!

James B.
Houston, TX

The presenter is quite clearly experienced and thorough. Excellent seminar.

Maurine B.
Chicago, IL

Excellent course.

Caroline P.
Pensacola, FL

Very interesting and will watch the next part of this series.

Ana M. M.
New York, NY

Very informative

Homer R.
Brooklyn, NY

Excellent presentation

Richard C.
Chicago, IL

Ameer's presentations should be taken by all practicing attorneys

Melissa B.
Wilmore, KY

This is a great series. I started with parts 3 and 4 and am now going back to parts 1 and 2.

Edward H.

I think it was a good idea to segment this topic into multiple seminars.

Donna T.
Lambertville, NJ

Excellent supplemental materials.

William K.
Boca Raton, FL


Vera S.
Key Biscayne, FL

Excellent course. Excellent speaker.

mary w.
brooklyn, NY

Very clear and concise presentation.

eric c.

Great resource material

Gayle G.
San Francisco, CA

Excellent practical advice in addition to the law and procedure

Andrew E.
New York, NY

Excellent and even indispensable introduction to this area of practice

Bonnie M.
Vancouver, WA


Rosalie C.
Bridgeport, CT

I liked Ameer's style.

Gregory G.
., AL

Very well done.

Patricia W.
Sag Harbor, NY

This is an excellent course for every lawyer, and the presenter is very knowledgeable and engaging.

Jeanne N.
Chicago, IL

Very energized but thoughtful delivery and great materials.

Sally S.
Elmhurst, IL

Very thorough presentation

Maria S.
Ballwin, MO

Excellent presentation

William D.
Chesterfield, MO

Highly comprehensive and useful how to information