Section 1983 Liability for Municipalities: Recent SCOTUS and COA Decisions
Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will discuss the elements of municipal liability under Section 1983 and the difference between individual, supervisory and municipal liability, including the definition of a "person" and "acting under color of state law." The program will discuss the latest cases, trends and strategies impacting 1983 litigation, and best practices for defending municipalities in these claims.
- Element of claims
- Defendant acting in an individual or official capacity?
- Qualified immunity
- Statute of limitations
- Proof requirements
- State of mind
- Latest cases and trends in Section 1983 litigation
- Liability of municipalities outside of individual liability
The panel will review these and other key issues:
- How have courts interpreted the definition of a "person" and "acting under color of state law"?
- What must a plaintiff allege to pursue a Monell claim under Section 1983?
- Under what circumstances can a municipality be held liable for a Section 1983 violation in the absence of a finding of liability against the individual defendant?
- The impact of recent appellate level decisions on planning and litigation
Samuel C. Hall, Jr.
Mr. Hall's principal practice focuses on civil rights litigation and appellate practice. He has... | Read More
Mr. Hall's principal practice focuses on civil rights litigation and appellate practice. He has successfully defended hundreds of law enforcement officers, government officials and municipalities in cases involving alleged civil rights violations. He is admitted to practice and has defended law enforcement in high profile cases. His civil rights work has been covered nationally, including in publications such as the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Miami Herald and San Francisco Chronicle.Close
Sara C. Mills-Flood
Ms. Mills represents her clients in state, federal and administrative forums focusing on civil defense litigation and... | Read More
Ms. Mills represents her clients in state, federal and administrative forums focusing on civil defense litigation and appellate work. She has successfully defended clients in matters involving a wide range of issues, including personal injury and premises liability, legal malpractice, and claims based on Wisconsin's Safe Place Statute, Wisconsin's Consumer Act, civil rights statutes, municipal regulations, the United States Constitution, and more. She is a frequent contributor to Crivello Carlson's blog, "On the Docket."Close
Rhonda R. Stowers
Ms. Stowers has an extensive litigation practice that includes general liability, governmental law, commercial... | Read More
Ms. Stowers has an extensive litigation practice that includes general liability, governmental law, commercial liability and real estate. As part of her governmental law practice, she advises and defends municipalities on a range of issues, including the Freedom of Information Act, the Open Meetings Act, federal and state constitutions, civil rights, zoning, charter amendments, ordinance drafting, and employment-related matters. She defends premises, employment, product and general liability cases on behalf of churches, employers, landlords, manufacturers and retailers.Close