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Cases and Problems in Civil Rights Litigation provides an innovative approach to this complex, difficult, and important area of law. The book first situates federal civil rights litigation in a broader context by exploring sovereign immunity and state tort remedies for official misconduct. Next, the book presents the three primary forms of constitutional civil rights litigation: Ex parte Young, 42 U.S.C. § 1983, and Bivens. After giving students a basic understanding of these causes of action, the book devotes chapters to the most common substantive claims, proper defendants, immunity defenses, and remedies. 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. courts.

Just as important, Cases and Problems in Civil Rights Litigation repeatedly asks students to test their understanding of the law. The book begins with several fact patterns, and every chapter contains additional 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 qualified 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.

NOW AVAILABLE: Fourth Edition – Fully revised and released July 2023
The new Fourth Edition includes updated treatment of foundational topics in light of recent Supreme Court decisions—enforcement of statutes under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 after Health & Hospital Corp. v. Talevski, Ex parte Young actions after Whole Woman’s Health v. Jackson, and Bivens actions after Ziglar v. Abbasi and Egbert v. Boule—as well as numerous other revisions throughout the book. The Fourth Edition continues to challenge students to assess the relationship between excessive force and qualified immunity doctrine. The final chapters, on Civil Rights in the Criminal Justice System and International Human Rights, provide up to date and easily teachable modules that allow professors to customize their approach to civil rights litigation

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