--- 1.0 CLE Credit for AZ,CA,CO,CT,FL,ID,NJ,NY,PA,WA
--- constitutional law / trial
--- course production date: 2/7/2016
--- presented by AMEER N. BENNO

Civil Rights Attorney Ameer Benno, a former New York City Assistant D.A., provides an overview of police misconduct litigation by walking you through six main topics - P.D.D.P.T.F. (Claims; Damages; Defendants; Prerequisites; Time periods; Forum).

Key course points are:
• Learn how to identify the proper parties, claims, and defenses, as well as the differences between state and federal claims.
• Understand the prerequisites to filing a police misconduct lawsuit.
• Recognize the various time limitations, such as accrual dates and statutes of limitation, involved for the various claims.
• Comprehend the factors that must be weighed in deciding whether to bring the action in state or federal court.
• Gain insight on the different forms of relief available, including statutory attorney’s fees.

--- presented by AMEER N. BENNO

Ameer Benno is the founding member of Benno & Associates P.C., a New York City-based law firm that represents plaintiffs in civil rights and constitutional law litigation in state and federal courts, and which also concentrates on appellate litigation and criminal defense.

In his civil rights practice, Mr. Benno champions the rights of individuals who have been subjected to governmental abuses of authority. His cases range from police misconduct matters to prisoner rights cases, from unjust conviction claims to First Amendment matters, and from ADA claims to cases challenging involuntary civil commitment.

Ameer began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, where he served in both the trial division and the appeals bureau. Upon leaving government service, Mr. Benno worked at civil litigation law firms where his caseload focused on civil rights matters in both state and federal courts.

From 2006 through 2012, Mr. Benno was an adjunct professor at New York Law School, where he taught Appellate Advocacy and Legal Reasoning and Writing.

Mr. Benno has been named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 in criminal law, the National Trial Lawyers “Top 40 Under 40,”and has been selected for inclusion in New York Super Lawyers Rising Stars (Metro) for the last four years in the areas of First Amendment and civil rights law.

He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University and Cornell Law School.