Self Defense Law and Related Civil Liability: Litigating the Justifiable Use of Reasonable Force
Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE webinar will guide counsel through an in-depth look at the law of self defense and the values that underpin it. The program will offer strategies, tips, and guides for representing clients that have utilized force. The panelist will review self defense laws and their elements, the use of deadly vs. nondeadly force, when the use of force is reasonable, provocateurs and initial aggressors, and more.
- Values underlying self defense
- Elements of self defense
- Common law
- Limitations on self defense
- Stand your ground statutes
- Burdens of proof
The panelist will review these and other key issues:
- What are the most common errors and beliefs about self defense?
- What level of force can be used to defend against destruction of property?
- How does the "castle doctrine" operate in real life?
- Which party has the burden of proof to prove or disprove self defense?
Assistant General Counsel
National Rifle Association of America
Ms. Gervase has been Assistant General Counsel at the National Rifle Association since 2006. She advises the NRA and... | Read More
Ms. Gervase has been Assistant General Counsel at the National Rifle Association since 2006. She advises the NRA and NRA Foundation in a variety of fields, including security, law enforcement issues, trusts and estates, and contracts. Ms. Gervase also drafted the women‘s amicus briefs on behalf of women state legislators in the D.C. v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago U.S. Supreme Court cases. Justice Alito cited and quoted her brief in the McDonald plurality opinion. Ms. Gervase also drafted an amicus brief on behalf of Italian-American jurists and attorneys in the NYSRPA v. Bruen case now before the U.S. Supreme Court.Close