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.
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
An experienced trial and appellate lawyer, Ameer Benno litigates civil rights and personal injury matters for Block O'Toole & Murphy, LLP. Ameer takes great pride in seeking justice for those who have been injured by the wrongdoing of others. His personal injury cases include premises liability, motor vehicle accidents, product liability, and construction accident cases. In his civil rights practice, Mr. Benno champions the rights of individuals who have been subjected to governmental abuses of authority. These cases range from police misconduct matters to prisoner rights cases, from unjust conviction claims to employment discrimination matters.
Ameer began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney at the esteemed Manhattan District Attorney's Office, where he served for several years in both the trial division and the appeals bureau. Upon leaving government service, Mr. Benno worked at premier civil litigation law firms where he focused on representing plaintiffs in personal injury and civil rights matters in both state and federal courts.
Mr. Benno is admitted to the New York and Connecticut state bars, and is admitted to practice in the federal courts of the Southern, Eastern, Northern, and Western Districts of New York, as well as to the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.
From 2006 through 2012, Mr. Benno was an adjunct professor at New York Law School, where he taught Appellate Advocacy and Legal Reasoning and Writing. Mr. Benno regularly lectures for bar associations and continuing legal education providers on topics having to do with trial practice, civil rights litigation, Constitutional law, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Benno has been named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 and has been named a New York Metro Super Lawyer every year since 2012 in the area of civil rights law. Mr. Benno has also been selected for membership in the National Association of Distinguished Counsel as one of the “Nation’s Top Attorneys.” These are invitation-only organizations composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state who meet stringent qualifications. Mr. Benno is rated 10.0, the highest rating given, by the online lawyer rating service Avvo.com.
Ameer serves on the Civil Rights Committee, Federal Courts Committee, and Appellate Law Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association. He is a member of the National Police Accountability Project, the First Amendment Lawyers Association, the New York State Trial Lawyers Association (where he chairs the Civil Right Committee), and the Brooklyn Bar Association. He sits on the board of directors of the New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers and is vice president of the Nassau Lawyers’ Association of Long Island.
In addition to his membership in professional organizations, Mr. Benno is a civic leader. He is the president of the Merrick-Bellmore Jewish Community Council, the board of directors of the Merrick Jewish Centre, and as a member of the Nassau County Police Commissioner's Community Council for the 19th Legislative District. He is a member of the Nassau County Police Reserves, the Bellmore Kiwanis, the Bellmore Lions Club, and the Bellmore Historical Society. He proudly serves as a First Lieutenant in the New York Guard.
Ameer is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and Cornell Law School. He lives in Bellmore, NY with his wife, Gayle, and three daughters.
Ameer is terrific.
great coverage of topic; written materials are very important to download and review independent of the presentation.
This course has an outstanding depth of practice-relevant material. Thanks very much.
great tips re: retainer and fees
Solid, informative course
Good intro to the topic.
This presenter is great.
Mr. Benno hits the mark again.
Ameer Benno is an absolutely amazing teacher. His programs have all been clear, informative and interesting. Exceptional.
best lecture on the subject ive seen.
Great presenter. Clear and concise!
very well done. informative, concise, good speaking style.
very good presentation.
Very good. I wasn't familiar before. I also like the presenter. I have taken several courses from him.
Very thorough. Excellent slides and supplemental aids. Especially good insight into intake form and retainer letter. Was delightfully enlightened.
Great information and handouts.
Nobody's better than Benno !
Very informative presentation, thank you.
Excellent nuts and bolts presentation.
Looking forward to the next editions in the series.
Excellent course, easy to listen to presenter.
very good coverage of intake interview, and retainer agreements ...
I look forward the next ones.
Great presenter! Knowledgeable and engaging with real life examples that made the material more accessible.
Incredibly well prepared speaker.
Excellent presentation. Presenter was very knowledgeable about subject matter, and the materials are thorough.
Very substantive materials, one of the best sets I have received
GREAT SPEASKER GREAT WRITTEN MATERIAL
Very organized and informative presentation.
Informative and well presented course
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.
Covered far more material in 60 minutes than other programs do in 2 hours.
Good tips - especially with client agreements.
Excellent! One of the very best CLEs, highly informational and the included documents are awesome!
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!!!
The presenter is quite clearly experienced and thorough. Excellent seminar.
Very interesting and will watch the next part of this series.
Ameer's presentations should be taken by all practicing attorneys
This is a great series. I started with parts 3 and 4 and am now going back to parts 1 and 2.
I think it was a good idea to segment this topic into multiple seminars.
Excellent supplemental materials.
Excellent course. Excellent speaker.
Very clear and concise presentation.
Great resource material
Excellent practical advice in addition to the law and procedure
Excellent and even indispensable introduction to this area of practice
I liked Ameer's style.
Very well done.
This is an excellent course for every lawyer, and the presenter is very knowledgeable and engaging.
Very energized but thoughtful delivery and great materials.
Very thorough presentation
Highly comprehensive and useful how to information