*Co-produced with the Government Lawyers Division and the Civil Rights & Liberties Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin
Violations and victims
Section 1983 cases are some of the most emotionally-charged, headline-grabbing situations out there – and often have huge racial and political ramifications. That’s why it’s so important for lawyers handling this type of litigation to thoroughly understand the various aspects of Section 1983.
In Section 1983 Litigation: From Arrest to Release, nationally renowned Section 1983 guru Steven Steinglass will provide a comprehensive overview of the statute. Plus, experienced government and civil rights attorneys come together to share insights from both sides of Section 1983 lawsuits.
Crossing the line
Section 1983 lawsuits are commonly brought over constitutional rights violations under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment. This often takes the form of excessive force used by police officers.
Explore cases involving use of force by police, including when force is used during stops, arrests, seizures, and pretrial detentions. Learn how to identify if your case fits the criteria for a Section 1983 lawsuit. Plus, find out how to handle claims of wrongful conviction under Section 1983.
As government officials performing discretionary functions, law enforcement officers are often protected from lawsuits that result from their necessary official actions by qualified immunity. Discover in what situations a government actor will be protected by qualified immunity. In addition, learn what’s necessary for a plaintiff to get around that immunity.
Responding to rights violations
When it comes to protecting constitutional rights, knowledge truly is power. Understand the ins and outs of Section 1983 cases and hear practical advice for approaching plaintiff and defense positions from experienced litigators at Section 1983 Litigation: From Arrest to Release.