Litigating Civil Rights Claims


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Course Description

Rebroadcast – June 18, 2021

  • 8:00-9:00am PT / 9:00-10:00am MT / 10:00-11:00am CT / 11:00-12:00pm ET

This program was recorded on April 15, 2021

Have you ever wanted to take on a civil rights case, but didn't know where to start? Whether you are a civil practitioner looking to expand your practice into this challenging and rewarding field or simply thinking about doing some pro bono work, this course will help you learn the ropes by covering the law governing the most common civil rights fact patterns. Join preeminent Florida civil rights attorney, William J. Sheppard, as he shares advice and war stories gained from a half-century of practice in this field. Mr. Sheppard has litigated Florida's landmark statewide jail and prison conditions cases on behalf of inmates in county, municipal jails, and state prisons in the State of Florida. He has won multiple awards for his work, including the Tobias Simon Pro Bono Award, Mary L. Singleton Justice, Peace, and Social Harmony Memorial Award, and Judge Henry Lee Adams, Jr. Diversity Trailblazer award.

Speaker Bio
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Course Agenda

Attorney Jesse WilkisonJesse Wilkison
Jesse Wilkison was raised in Bradenton, Florida, where he graduated from Southeast High School with an International Baccalaureate diploma. He first became interested in criminal defense law during high school where he volunteered as a criminal defense attorney for Manatee County Teen Court, a diversionary juvenile justice program that allows first time offenders to expunge their records by serving sanctions issued by a jury of other teens. Mr. Wilkison earned undergraduate degrees, magna cum laude, in political science and creative writing from the University of Central Florida.

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Attorney William J. SheppardWilliam J. Sheppard
William J. Sheppard, a board certified criminal trial lawyer, has established a reputation as a preeminent criminal defense, civil rights and appellate attorney during his nearly 50 years practicing law by committing both himself and his practice to his clients’ cases. Both icon and iconoclast, Mr. Sheppard is known for representing the famous, the infamous, and the unknown alike. Throughout his career, he has fought at every level of the judicial system for individuals’ protections against violations of their rights, whether by searches, internet or other electronic surveillance, restrictions on freedoms of speech and religion, or violations of the constitutional rights of the incarcerated and accused. He has litigated virtually every type of criminal case, from death penalty cases to complex white collar defense.

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Course Agenda

  1. Section 1983 Claims
  2. First Amendment Free Speech Claims
  3. Excessive Force Claims
  4. False Arrest Claims
  5. Jail and Prison Medical Care/Conditions of Confinement Claims
  6. Qualified Immunity
  7. Municipal Liability
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