Anatomy of a False Arrest and Excessive Force Case under Section 1983 [Part 3]: Pre-Trial, Trial, and Post-Trial

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This program was recorded on November 21, 2019

This program covers the last steps in successful litigation of a high-frequency police liability case based on a hypothetical fact pattern, whether you are for the plaintiff or the defense. The first program involved case selection, representation and initial pleadings. The second program dealt with discovery, evidence and motions practice. This program covers pre-trial, trial and post-trial from the plaintiff’s and defense perspective. In this practical webinar, you will learn how to evaluate your case, prepare for the final pre-trial conference and presentation of witnesses, pick the best jury, master examination and cross-examination of liability and damages witnesses, give memorable openings and closings, draft special jury instructions and verdict forms, handle the qualified immunity question at trial, protect the record for appeal, and prepare and defend attorney’s fee petitions.

This is Part 3 of a 3 part series. Order all 3 courses together and receive $135 off.



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  • Wayne C. Beyer
    Wayne C. Beyer is an experienced litigator, author, presenter, and former administrative appeals judge. Mr. Beyer has been lead counsel in 300-350 police misconduct and corrections cases 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 treatise Police Misconduct: A Practitioner’s Guide to Section 1983 (JURIS 2018). 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, and the Federal Judicial Center (for District and Magistrate Judges), and numerous webinars. Mr. Beyer holds degrees from Dartmouth College, Harvard University, and Georgetown University Law Center.

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    1. Appendix A: Plaintiff’s Direct and Cross-Examination
    2. Appendix B: Defendant Officer’s Direct and Cross-Examination
    3. Appendix C: Proposed Non-Standard Jury Instructions
    4. Appendix D: Proposed Special Verdict Form; Arrest and Non-Deadly Force

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