In this course, Ameer Benno, a New York City-based civil rights attorney, introduces viewers to the litigation of police misconduct cases, including identifying the proper parties, prerequisites to filing the lawsuit, relevant time limitations on doing so, and factors to consider in determining the proper forum in which to bring the action. This course also provides an overview of the most commonly-asserted claims and defenses under federal law, compares the relative advantages and disadvantages of state and federal law in this area, and discusses what relief is available, including statutory attorney’s fees. In addition, Mr. Benno covers some of the commonly encountered discovery issues and ethical considerations in police misconduct cases.
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.
This presenter was very prepared and his materials provide a terrific guide for any practitioner
Well taught and researched course.
interesting subject matter.
Well presented video and audio
Fluid and interesting
Excellent high level overview with significant details.
Very well done. The explanation of the administrative process was helpful.
This course is a must for attorney litigators.
great presenter on a difficult topic
A lot of law in a short period of time. Excellent.
Benno is one of your good guys.
covers a lot of material. well presented
One of the best lecturers on lawline
Mr. Benno is fantastic.
I've seen this speaker before in a different video. He's great!
This course was excellent. The presenter was well informed and passed on that information extremely well and kept me captivated. Great Job Ameer!
Outstanding! Thank you
Clear and well spoken.
Very good organization.
Clear explanation of the law.
so many regulations to bring one of these causes of actions. Well presented. Good review.
Excellent program and presentation!
Excellent course material.
always a great presenter excellent info
Excellent, clear presentation.
Great perspective and outstanding presentation.
One of the better Lawline courses. I would urge newer lawyers in rural jurisdictions to familiarize yourself with these rules . Not only to sue but to advise your local agency. on how to comply with the law, so as to get the best and fairest and just results.
great materials with cases listed
Excellent overview of federal claims, including a 1983 action in which I prepared and litigated.
Terrific course. Great speaker.
The course was very informative and a good presentation of the general outline of causes of action against govt. entities
Very interesting presentation.
An excellent overview.
Excellent presentation. Thank You........
I Liked the presentation. Well done.
Outstanding presentation. Clear and concise.
Clear, concise speaker...
Wonderful -- one of the best and most succinct presentations on a very difficult topic that I've seen.
Thorough and informative. Well-organized and well-presented.
Again, I'm appreciating the two presenter format!
The written materials were excellent! Very good presentation.
Excellent coverage of topic! Excellent pace, handouts. Exceptional course.
A plus presentation and slide detail was fabulous
Helpful and informative.
This was a very effective introduction to the covered material. The presenter was excellent.
v interesting, thank you
Excellent in every sense. A nice summary of federal criminal law generally too.
Good course, not my area of practice. Still interesting.
I have several of these cases and Ameer seemed to know what he was talking about. did learn a few things which is scary since I should have known them already!
Not in my area of practice, but something I was curious about.
He is an excellent presenter and always makes his program interesting and informative.
This one was pretty interesting -
Informative good speaker.
Excellent presenter and materials.
This CLE was well-informed as to the law, but is also highly relevant; as a criminal defense attorney, it still surprises just how many cases of police brutality exist. Thus, the only addition I might suggest for this CLE would be more discussion of real cases and how these laws were applied to those instances of police brutality (and/or alleged instances of police brutality).
Very good presenter. The information was presented in a very coherent fashion.
Very good presentation
Well organized lecture -- very informative.
Awesome overview. Hit all the important areas and issues. Great checklist lecture because of the clear explanations. Impressive, concise, articulate. Did I say it was fantastic?
Very good job on subject matter and delivery.
Great content. Great Speaker
Great primer course.
Very good in all respects.
I love Lawline!
Very good overview in order to start your research on this subject matter.
Great presentation. Highly effective for the 1 hour limit.
This is a well-organized, dynamic presentation. The speaker is knowledgeable and shares his topic with energy and style. Thanks for an excellent course.
speaker is very knowledgeable
Very well done. Concise, informative, contextual.
interesting presentation - engaging presenter
this guy speaks well
Very Professional Presentation
speaker very good and materials very comprehensive too
A LOT of material here. Good overview.
He is great with his presentation.
It was excellent.
Good lecturer, easy to understand.
Good (and very broad) overview.
One of the best presentations and written material on any CLE I have ever taken.
Very comprehensive and informative. And sadly very relevant in this day and age.
This was one of the better courses.
very clear/informative on distinguishing types of actions available. Great materials.
Very concise and to he point!
Instructor was very knowledgeable and well-prepared.
Another great course and instructor. Presented at the appropriate level and quite clear.
One of the best on-line courses I have ever taken. Great presentation and materials.
He made the most of the time given! Very good presentation.
This was one of the best Lawline presentations I've seen.
Very, very impressed with both Lawline and with the contents of Mr. Benno's presentation. Just excellent.
well prepared speaker clear concise presentation
Very informative presentation!
This guy was outstanding. Great information in a great presentation.
Another wonderful Lawline course! This presenter was effective, informative and efficient given the time constraints!
Good introductions to Federal claims.
really like this lecturer
I would like to see this expanded to 2 hours.
Very clear discussion and pointing out pitfalls and how federal law interacts with respective state laws.
I was very pleased with this course. Wish it was longer and more in depth as to legal strategy.
He was a good presenter.
An important topic for the times to be aware of and this course brings that to the forefront.
Extremely informative and practical.
Instructor was absolutely great!!!
Excellent speaker. One of the best.
Excellent seminar. Strong presentation.
I suggest this program be expanded to 2 hours. There's a lot of material.
The presenter was clear and concise.
Excellent written materials with citations
Good course. Would recommend.
His courses are consistently superb. A wonderful presenter.
Great written material. Thanks.
This guy was fantastic! Great course!
Super speaker who, in a very short period of time, managed to cast considerable light on the who, what, when, and where regarding the subject matter of his presentation.
Very clear explanations.
Excellent presentation. The speaker was extremely knowledgeable about the subject matter and presented the materials in a clear and concise manner.
Speaker was excellent. Enjoyed this alot.
Great speaker. Very informative lecture.