Anatomy of a False Arrest and Excessive Force Case under Section 1983: [Part 1]: Case Selection, Representation and Initial Pleadings

Date: November 7 2019 CLE Credits: 2 General

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Live Webcast - November 7, 2019

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

Course Description

This program covers the first steps in successful litigation of a high-frequency police liability case, whether you are for the plaintiff or the defense. Programs to follow will cover discovery, evidence, and motions; and pre-trial, trial and post-trial from the plaintiff’s and defense perspective. In this practical webinar that is based on a hypothetical fact pattern, you will learn how to select a winning plaintiff’s case, identify the legal claims and defenses, draft representation agreements for the plaintiff and defense, avoid conflicts of interest on the defense side, preserve records and evidence, interview police officer clients, and prepare your complaint or answer.

This is Part 1 of a 3 part series. Order all 3 courses together and receive $135 off.


  • 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. Appendix A: Plaintiff’s Retainer Agreement
    2. Appendix B: Plaintiff’s Complaint (Excessive Force)
    3. Appendix C: Hold Letter
    4. Appendix D: Employee Representation Agreement
    5. Appendix E: Answer of the Defendants (Excessive Force)

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