Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation

  • Civil Rights

Why you should attend

Section 1983 authorizes private individuals to enforce their federal constitutional rights against state and local officials, and is one of the most vital areas in American law. Although the original version of the statute dates back to 1871, Section 1983 litigation continues to generate new issues and difficult applications of established principles. The courts continually render a large volume of important decisions in Section 1983 actions.

What you will learn

  • In-depth review of the Supreme Court's October 2012 Term and preview of the new Term
  • Municipal liability update and its relationship to officer liability
  • Prosecutorial immunity
  • Section 1983 stop and frisk litigation
  • Excessive force claims - focusing on use of Tasers, mace, and pepper spray

Who should attend

This program is for experienced attorneys working in Section 1983 litigation who need to stay up-to-date on the most recent developments.

Register here.

PLI Group Discounts

Groups of 4-14 from the same organization, all registering at the same time, for a PLI program scheduled for presentation at the same site, are entitled to receive a group discount. For further discount information, please contact or call (800) 260-4PLI.

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PLI Scholarships

Full and partial scholarships are available for judges, judicial law clerks, law professors, law students, attorneys 65 or older, law librarians, attorneys who work for nonprofit organizations, legal services organizations or government agencies, and unemployed attorneys. Scholarship applications must be submitted at least four weeks prior to the Live Seminar, Webcast or CLE Now (On-Demand Web Programs) you wish to attend. For additional information on scholarships and to download the scholarship application form, please visit our website: To register for a program, call PLI's Customer Service Department at (800) 260-4754 or register online at When registering please refer to CODE: RCN1-8ACS9

  • CLE Credit Comments: CLE-NY Credits Credit Status: Approved Transitional: No Total Credits: 7.50 Professional Practice: 7.50 CLE-NJ Credits Credit Status: Approved Total Credits: 7.50 General: 7.50
  • Contact:
    Leonard McKenzie
  • Website:
  • Attachment(s): Scholarship_Application 201311.pdf