The Basic Mechanics of a Section 1983 “Police Brutality" Action

CLE: A brief overview of the history of Section 1983 and the civil rights issue of excessive or unreasonable force.

Date & Time:

Friday, June 5, 2015
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Registration:

Admission:

Free and open to the public

Location:

University of St. Thomas School of Law
Room 244

This CLE will provide a brief overview of the history of Section 1983 and the civil rights issue of excessive or unreasonable force, which is commonly referred to today as a police brutality action.  From there, the course will focus on the practical mechanics of pursuing a Section 1983 action for excessive force, including: (1) identifying the party or parties to sue; (2) considerations in drafting the complaint; (3) discovery considerations; and (4) the fee petition.

The presenter, Jeff Storms '06, began his career at Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly before working as an associate and then partner at Gaskins Bennett Birrell Schupp LLP. Jeff recently formed his own law firm, Newmark Storms Law Office. His firm focuses on criminal defense, personal injury, and civil rights litigation.  He was named a 2013 “Attorney of the Year” by Minnesota Lawyer for his work on a $3.075 Million Dollar police brutality wrongful death—the second largest police brutality settlement in Minnesota history.  Jeff’s civil rights cases have been covered by the Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, City Pages, and KSTP.

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