Montgomery Partner Chalankis Brown recently presented at the Defense Research Institute's (DRI) Civil Rights and Governmental Tort Liability Seminar in Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 24, 2023. Brown presented with attorney David J. MacMain, MacMain Leinhauser, PC (West Chester, PA), on Qualified Immunity.
“Practical” Qualified Immunity
To paraphrase a famous quote from Mark Twain - “the reports of qualified immunity’s death are greatly exaggerated.” While under attack, qualified immunity remains an important and necessary defense to law enforcement officers who are often asked to make decisions in a split second and/or about legal issues that are unsettled that can be second-guessed and picked apart by lawyers and courts over the ensuing years. This session will be very practically based and focused on how and when to raise the defense of qualified immunity in the most effective, persuasive, and creative ways, both at the trial level and on appeal.