Police Liability under Section 1983: Critical Steps for the Trial Lawyer

Wayne C. Beyer
Wayne C. Beyer |

Wayne C. Beyer is an experienced trial lawyer, author, presenter, and former federal official and administrative appeals judge.

Re-Broadcast: April 6, 2021

Police Liability under Section 1983: Critical Steps for the Trial Lawyer
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Program Summary

Whether you are on the plaintiff’s or the defense side, you must engage in critical decision-making through the life of a case. Be ready for the challenge. This practical webinar will take you through a high exposure death case and fifteen critical decisions you and your opponent will have to make, plus forms you can use in your practice. It has different content from another of our civil rights programs, “Anatomy of a False Arrest and Excessive Force Case under Section 1983,” which is a four-hour course on how to litigate a high frequency § 1983 case based on a common fact pattern.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

  • How to pick a good case on the plaintiff’s side
  • Avoid conflicts of interest for the defense
  • Stay, advance, and protect discovery when you need to choose the right expert
  • File and oppose dispositive and evidentiary motions
  • Know whether to settle or go to trial
  • Select the right jury
  • Present and cross-examine the plaintiff’s and defense witnesses
  • Give a great closing argument
  • Argue and oppose the qualified immunity defense
  • Draft a correct verdict form for the case
  • File post-trial motions
  • Petition for fees if you prevail

Date/Time: April 6, 2021

  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
  • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
  • 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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Closed-captioning available upon request

Speakers

Wayne C. Beyer_myLawCLEWayne C. Beyer

Wayne C. Beyer is an experienced trial lawyer, author, presenter, and former federal official and administrative appeals judge. Mr. Beyer has been leading counsel in 300-350 police misconduct and corrections cases and dozens of jury trials as assistant corporation counsel (later called assistant attorney general) for the District of Columbia, and before that as outside counsel to New Hampshire’s Property and Liability Insurance Trust.

He is the author of law review and magazine articles and the leading 1540-page treatise and handbook Police Misconduct: A Practitioner’s Guide to Section 1983 (JURIS 2018), available at a discount to attendees of this program at http://www.jurispub.com/Bookstore/Civil/Police-Misconduct.html In addition, he has been a presenter on § 1983 at national programs for Georgetown University Law Center, the Defense Research Institute, the American Bar Association, the Federal Judicial Center (for District and Magistrate Judges), and dozens of national webinars. Mr. Beyer is a member of the N.H. and D.C. Bars and holds degrees from Dartmouth College, Harvard University, and Georgetown University Law Center. He can be reached at waynecbeyer@roadrunner.com; (603) 356-5106.

Agenda

I. How to pick a good case on the plaintiff’s side | 2:00-2:10
II. Avoid conflicts of interest for the defense | 2:10-2:20
III. Stay, advance, and protect discovery when you need to | 2:20-2:30
IV. Choose the right expert | 2:30-2:40
V. File and oppose dispositive and evidentiary motions | 2:40-2:50
VI. Know whether to settle or go to trial | 2:50-3:00
VII. Select the right jury | 3:00-3:10
VIII. Present and cross-examine the plaintiff’s and defense witnesses | 3:10-3:20
IX. Give a great closing argument | 3:20-3:30
X. Argue and oppose the qualified immunity defense | 3:30-3:40