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

Date: April 30 2020 CLE Credits: 2 General

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Live Webcast - April 30, 2020

  • 10:00-12:15pm PST / 11:00-1:15pm MST / 12:00-2:15pm CST / 1:00-3:15pm EST

Course Description

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.



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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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      • 2 General Credits
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    1. Case selection for the plaintiff
    2. Discovery issues and expert retention for both sides
    3. Timing and contents for dispositive motions
    4. Best time to talk settlement
    5. Pretrial motions on evidentiary issues
    6. Selection of a jury that favors your side
    7. Presentation and cross-examination of key witnesses
    8. Winning at closing argument
    9. Qualified immunity issue to the judge and jury
    10. Structure of the special verdict form
    11. Post-trial motion if you need to file one
    12. Fee petition for the prevailing plaintiff
    13. All that, plus background materials, checklists, and tips, to use in your practice.

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