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UCI Division of Continuing Education Presents “Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation Conference”

Conference Topics to Include the Latest Legal Issues; Hosted For the First Time Ever on the West Coast

IRVINE, Calif. – July 12, 2011 – The University of California, Irvine Extension will host the annual Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation Conference on Sept. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PDT at the University of California, Irvine campus. Conference curriculum will be provided by UC Irvine School of Law and Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology. The one-day conference is designed for municipal and state attorneys, plaintiffs’ attorneys and criminal defense attorneys. Distinguished keynote speakers will include the renowned Erwin Chemerinsky, founding dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law, and a leading expert of constitutional law, Sheldon H. Nahmod, professor of law at the Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology. Early bird registration is available until July 31.Conference attendees will also be eligible to receive six hours of CA MCLE credit.

“This conference has been held, with great success, for many years in Chicago,” said Chemerinsky. “It is the first time it ever has been offered on the West Coast and will bring together outstanding judges, lawyers and academics to discuss the cutting edge issues affecting civil rights today,” added Chemerinsky. “Both experienced practitioners and those new to the field will benefit enormously by attending this program.”

Section 1983 of title 42 of the United States Code is the primary federal statute which allows individuals to bring forward civil rights lawsuits, and presents a continuing challenge for all municipal lawyers, private practitioners and litigators who try cases in this dynamic area. In the 2010 term, the Supreme Court handed six Section 1983-related decisions and has recently granted certiorari in two cases for the 2011 term. Participants in this program will learn both fundamental and more advanced aspects of Section 1983 litigation.

Some of the conference highlights include:

  • The Section 1983 Cause of Action
  • Municipal Liability
  • Individual Immunities
  • Substantive Due Process
  • Wrongful Confinement/Imprisonment: A Litigator’s Perspective
  • Attorney’s Fees: A View from the Bench


“It is an honor to take part in such an important event,” said Dr. Gary W. Matkin, dean of Continuing Education, Distance Learning and Summer Session at UC Irvine. “With an abundance of innovation in Irvine and surrounding areas, we look forward to inviting top legal experts to our campus to discuss the latest judicial and legal developments.”

To register for the program or receive the early bird registration rate before July 31, visit http://unex.uci.edu/pdfs/forms/civil_rights_enrollment.pdf. For more information, please call 949-824-4661.

About UCI Division of Continuing Education

The University of California, Irvine Division of Continuing Education (DCE) provides lifelong learning opportunities to thousands of students worldwide each year – fulfilling the school’s 60-year curriculum platform to connect degree programs to the world of work and achievement after graduation. The Division offers a broad range of certificate programs, specialized studies, and sequential courses to local, regional and global markets through online, on-campus and on-site delivery. A leader in the open education movement, the Division offers free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and content through the UCI Open initiative. For more information about UCI Division of Continuing Education, visit ce.uci.edu.

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation, and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit uci.edu.