CASES AND PROBLEMS
IN CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION:
STATE, FEDERAL AND INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES
John T. Parry
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Cases and Problems in
Civil Rights Litigation presents an innovative approach to this
complex, difficult, and important area of law. First, the book situates
federal civil rights litigation in a broader context by exploring
sovereign immunity and state tort remedies for official misconduct.
Second, the book groups together the three primary forms of
constitutional civil rights litigation: the Ex parte Young action, the
cause of action against state actors created by 42 U.S.C. § 1983, and
the Bivens action against federal officials. Third, once students gain
a basic understanding of these causes of action, the book carefully
provides a deeper understanding of civil rights actions by focusing on
common substantive claims, addressing selection of proper defendants,
and guiding students through the absolute and qualified immunity
defenses. The last chapters of the book address two special topics: the
intersection of civil rights claims with the criminal justice system
(including an overview of habeas corpus law), and an introduction to
the possibilities for international human rights litigation in U.S.
Just as important, Cases and Problems in Civil Rights Litigation asks
students to do more than study legal doctrine. In each chapter, the
book repeatedly asks students to test their understanding of the law by
presenting significant fact patterns drawn from real incidents and
cases. Students also have the opportunity to complete two practice
exercises: a civil rights complaint, and a memorandum in support of a
motion to dismiss a complaint on immunity grounds.
This unique blend of theory, doctrine, context, and practice will
immerse students in the world of civil rights litigation and provide
essential tools for practice in this area.
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