Few issues ignite people’s passions as reliably as those involving the application and scope of the Second Amendment. In this course, Ameer Benno, a civil rights and constitutional law attorney, explores the history of the Second Amendment, examines Second Amendment jurisprudence, and identifies the constitutional issues animating current debates about federal, state, and local gun laws.
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.
great historical view in context
Very helpful to have the historical context.
Outstanding presentation of the issues, history and development of the law. The presentation was animated, attention grabbing and holding and makes we want to get to know the presenter!
Fascinating look at the background and evolution of the 2A.
Great written materials provided.
I really liked how he presented the historical background.
One of the best CLE presentations! Very clear and substantive!
Interesting, informative and well presented!
Good historical summary of a relevant issue.
Loved the historical context
Great refresher and update on current status.
Great material and presentation!
One of the best, if not the best, Lawline courses I have taken. Excellent presentation and content!
Expert analysis of history and creation of 2nd Amendment.
Great course on history of second amendment.
Excellent summary of the history and current interpretation!
The history survey was an excellent addition to this CLE.
Amazing overview of the historical background and evolution of second amendment law ... highly recommended!
Excellent overview. Good understanding of history without a political bent.
This lecture provided an excellent review of Second Amendment law.
Great, engaging knowledgeable presenter. Fantastic materials. A must listen for anyone who wants to understand 2A
interesting and topical.
Extremely interesting and useful course.
good info for everycitizen
Excellent in all ways. The best CLE course I have ever taken since I was licensed in 1976! Thanks.
One of the best CLE presentations I've heard - good speaker, clear, interesting and full of good content.
One of the best courses I've ever attended!
Very informative. Instructor was very knowledgeable.
Great explanation of the historical roots of the second amendment!
One of my all-time favorite courses at Lawline!
Excellent job. Benno got the history correct.
Good post-Heller review of case law.
Both the presenter and materials were very exceptional. Incredible presentation.
excellent historical perspective
Outstanding presentation-clear, concise and on point. As a 40 year practitioner, this is probably the best MCLE program I ever observed.
Mr. Benno did a fantastic job of creating a context for the Second Amendment and untangling the complexities. He also performed a masterful review of relevant case law.
This was great!
Very engaging presentation that was a thoroughly fascinating and educational examination of the history and underpinnings of the Second Amendment.
One i actually liked
Superb presentation: historical, balanced, excellent at many levels.
Wonderful summary of the law (and history) of the Second Amendment. Concise, rapid but thorough, extra information in the written materials beyond what time permitted, delivered without any evident political leanings in either direction. Highly recommended.
Outstanding overview of the background leading to the creation of the Second Amendment and the interpretations that have followed. Better than anything I've heard on the topic in the past.
Exceptional historical and scholarly presentation on the 2nd Amendment.
I really enjoyed the historical introduction and the info overall was great!
A very good and informative course.
Fascinating. Best thumbnail summary of 2nd Amendment history and jurisprudence I have encountered. Kudos to the practitioner!
Good historical development of 2nd amendment rights.
Superb and lucid overview of the 2d Amendment's long history, showing its origin in the English struggle against tyrannical kings. Highly recommended.
Superb presentation -- thank you
Amazing history lesson. Thank you. Would like to listen again.
On a scale of 1 to 4, this program deserves a 5!
Excellent speaker and presentation
Good program on a very topical subject.
this presenter was excellent
Extremely well presented program!
Great review of 2d Amendment history & case law.
Very interesting and informative on historic and legal level
Excellent coverage of this complicated subject. Thanks
Excellent and clear presentation.
Very informative and interesting course
Enjoyed the presentation
Very good presentation
Love this lecture. I want a gun.
This is one of the better CLEs I watched in a while. The speaker was engaging and informative.
Attorney Benno never disappoints!
Great historical overview
Terrific overview that was cogently developed and presented. Information at a NY paced hour. Almost a Bart Basi !!!
My favorite class so far.
Really great overview! A superbly prepared outline of the 2A issues.
Very well done. Great course
Excellent discussion of 2A
Lecturer is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable--both of which help to hold the listener's attention!
Excellent course and speaker.
Highly qualified and effective presenter.
This was a very interesting and well presented legal and historical review of the Second Amendment. Thanks.
Excellent Course. Best history and explanation of the development of the relevant law I've seen yet!
Wonderful and timely topic
Presenter Excellent, knew and presented the topic well...
I just recommended it to a friend.
One of the best lawline presentations.
This lecturer is AWESOME!!!!!
This was an especially excellent presentation.
great written material reference
This group of courses a must for firearm related cases.
Excellent. Really covered the history well.
Excellent. Thank you.
Great presentation in pulling in all the history and cases.
He did a great job. He managed to get much material covered in just an hour. The historical materials were very interesting.
A wonderful lecture about the Second Amendment.
Ameer does a great job--should have made this 90 minutes to give him more time on the newer cases.
This was one of the best CLE programs I have taken on Lawline. Mr. Benno is excellent.
Well done! I learned a great deal.
Great presenter. Great materials. Great course!
Outstanding! This guy is a great presenter!
Terrific course, extremely well presented.
Good program and instructor
Wow, this was Awesome. I argued these issues in College Debate Class. I did not have the Historical Perspective back then - I wish I had!! Fantastic educational course and well presented - kept me intrigued the whole time.
Excellent program --- thank you Mr. Benno!
Very good presentation.
Another great presentation from this speaker - historical perspective was interesting and informative.
Excellent program. Highly recommended.
Very well spoken presenter. I really enjoyed it.
Fascinating subject, great presentation.
very articulate and knowledgeable speaker. helped distill a hot button issue for this area - rural Southwest VA - into a comprehensive and thorough analysis through case law and the history surrounding it going back to 1600 - something I wasn't expecting but added perspective to the issue. Thank you!
Good presentation, and exceptional written materials.
Great program and speaker
appreciate the materials!
Excellent presentation and presenter.
Very helpful program. The speaker was really great. He spoke at a perfect pace.
Great. Just what I needed.