In this course, the second of a multi-part series on litigating civil rights cases, Ameer Benno, a New York City-based civil rights attorney, explains what the ethics rules actually require of practitioners on issues commonly encountered in civil rights cases. Hear about recent developments in the law and get real life tips and strategies to help protect against grievances and disciplinary action.
I. Understand the difference between federal and state ethics rules
II. Identify what terms should be included in a civil rights retainer agreement
III. Become acquainted with the ethics rules governing attorney fees and how those rules apply to cases involving statutory fee shifting
IV. Comprehend the ethical considerations in cases involving out-of-state counsel
V. Appreciate the rules surrounding providing financial assistance to clients
VI. Gain insight on ethics rules surrounding case publicity and communicating with the media
VII. Recognize the range of sanctions that may be triggered by ethical violations
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.
Second course I've taken with this presenter; very informed, articulate, and straightforward; no superfluous materical
This was a very informative program.
Very good, very thorough.
Great course and presenter
This was a very interesting and informative course.
Very thorough discussion
enjoyed presentation and subject matter expert
This guy is great at keeping his audience interested. I feel like watching it again.
This Presenter is always excellent.
Always the best thank you
A great speaker and presentation.
Thank you! The course is very informative.
The best ethics course I've taken on Lawline
Very comprehensive presentation. The speaker is very engaging as well. Excellent program.
Mr. Benno was really wonderful - engaging and substantive. Nice job!
Very impressive presentation.
This video was very informative, Thank you very much.
Very useful, for civil rights litigation and elsewhere.
excellent. thank you.
Great review of ethics
Very good. Slides excellent.
excellent presentation, animated and energetic
Great pace and knowledge. More presentations from Ameer Benno please.
Very good material; learned quite a bit
Very good speaker (I think I have seen other Lawline programs where he has been the speaker), and the topic is more practical and useful than some of Lawlline's other offerings.
For someone who knows nothing about civil law, this was great.
Well done by this presenter.
Ameer Beno is great at this. I've really enjoyed his presentations on 1983 work.
Excellent presenter. Very cogent.
One of the better ethics seminars
Outline is excellent. Presentation is efficient too.
love this guy's presentation.
Detailed analysis of how to have the best retainer agreement and how to avoid unethical implications of bad retainers
Focus on retainer agreements that is useful in considering an ethical fee forumla that will maximize recovery of a reasonable fee thst accounts for statutory fee shifting.
The content and presentation were rather informative. I am now going back to change the language in my retainer agreements :) Thanks!
great presenter, very articulate on a difficult topic.
Good overview, informative and clear.
The speaker was knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the subject.
Good presentation. Materials very well put together and a benefit to future use. Thank you!
Excellent discussion and good cross-over to ethical issues in all sorts of cases. Highly recommend this to all practitioners..
Great outline and presentation. Thank you.
Excellent production as usual.
Very good overview and helpful specifics.
I like this guy. He is very easy to listen to and made the ethics course less painful.
Extremely helpful and thoughtful course on ethical considerations when working with civil rights clients. Thank you Mr. Benno!
GREAT INFO!!! Thanx!
Very well done. Very knowledgeable and pertinent.
Excellent presentation, well organized, and quite on point for some of the cases I'm handling. Thank you for the handout materials -- these are really helpful and solidify the details that note taking just couldn't have done. Super job!
Not really applicable to me since I don't litigate but a good class nevertheless.
This speaker was very good
Excellent, one of my favorite courses.
Helpful points to prepare complete retainer agreements in all matters.
Very highly qualified. Excellent outline.
Very good speaker
This instructor was very effective. He took an incredibly boring subject and brought it to life and made it applicable to many different areas of the litigation.
That was educational.
Great Program. Thank you
This was a very informative course.
This was an excellent review of the need for attorneys to have written fee agreements, and to keep them within bounds. Good advice.
Extensive materials covering all aspects of the topic: Excellent
Solid presentation. Moved smoothly through material.
Thank you. It was easy to watch and interesting.
Good overview with actually helpful tips
Instructor was clear on some complex issues. Excellent presentation!
This guy was great
I have never handled, nor am I likely to in the future, a case of this sort, but I thought it was a useful presentation of issues applicable to a wide variety of situations.
Superb course. The materials were sublime.
Well presented. Concise.
This seminar is a must for all civil rights litigator
The presentation was excellent. I appreciated that the speaker spoke fluently without just reading the slides.
Best course so far in law lines pack
refresher and good reminder of many important points
Good presentation--very thorough!!!
Clear and concisee
This CLE offers more practical information than any ethics program I have seen--and I'm not a civil rights attorney.
Excellent. Delved in detail into the ins and outs of retention agreements, with heavy focus on ethics and enforceability. Very good.
Very good presentation.
Speaker well prepared and gave excellent presentation
Very informative. Very interesting.
a lot of material, covered pretty fast.
Very well done.
great speaker and material