This course is no longer available for credit on our site. Here are some similar courses you might be interested in:

On Demand Audio

Civil Rights Litigation Part V: State Action by Private Parties

(827 reviews)

Produced on July 29, 2016

Taught by
$ 89 Constitutional, Litigation, Civil Rights, and Public Interest In Stock

Course Information

Time 1h 2m
Difficulty Advanced

Course Description

In this course, the fifth of a multi-part series on litigating civil rights cases, Ameer Benno, a New York City-based civil rights attorney, discusses the circumstances under which private parties can be held to be state actors under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. He covers the tests for determining whether a private party is acting with the authority of state law, the doctrine of respondeat superior, and types of damages available against private entities that are held to be state actors under Section 1983.  

Learning Objectives:

  1. Review the elements of a Section 1983 claim
  2. Understand the state action requirement under 42 U.S.C. § 1983
  3. Identify the various tests for determining whether a private party is acting with the authority of state law
  4. Grasp to what extent the doctrine of respondeat superior applies to private entities that are deemed to be state actors under 42 U.S.C. § 1983
  5. Recognize the types of damages available against private entities that are held to be state actors under Section 1983


Ameer Benno

Benno & Associates P.C.

Mr. Benno is an appellate and constitutional law attorney.

He began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, where he served in both the trial division and the appeals bureau. Upon leaving government service, Mr. Benno worked at a premier civil litigation law firm where he focused on civil rights matters in both state and federal courts. In 2009, Mr. Benno opened his own law practice.

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 the United States Courts of Appeal for the Second and Third Circuit. 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 constitutional law, appellate advocacy, and trial practice.

Mr. Benno has been selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers for the last 8 years in the areas of First Amendment and civil rights law.

Mr. Benno received his B.A. degree with honors from Johns Hopkins University, and his law degree from Cornell Law School.

You can reach Mr. Benno at or at (212) 227-9300. Follow him across social media at @AmeerBenno.

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 JAG Corps of 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.


Marc G.

One of the best Lawline presenters.

William B.

Mr. Benno is an excellent CLE presenter.

Mayo B.

Great course

Amy M.

Great speaker!

Samuel W.

One of the better presenters. High Energy

Jake R.

Excellent presenter - dynamic, methodical, organized and he speaks in plain English, which even lawyers appreciate!

Benjamin P.

Extremely strong, organized and informative presentation in a complex area.

Katherine P.

Action - packed presentation! Well done.

Bernard R.

Outstanding lecturer. I may not practice in Fed. Ct. but this mat.l allows me to talk about it intelligently.

Shannon P.

Great course - very engaging. I would absolutely take another course led by Ameer. Thank you!

Diane E.

lecture was informative

Load More