The Anatomy of a Section 1983
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Section 1983 (42 U.S.C. § 1983) provides a mechanism for individuals to bring a claim for monetary damages against municipal and local governments and their employees for alleged violations of the plaintiff's civil rights. Whether acting as municipal counsel or monitoring outside counsel, understanding Section 1983 litigation is essential to proactively defending these claims.

This webcast will provide an overview of the elements of Section 1983 actions, including the substantive elements of a Section 1983 claim, the distinction between individual liability, supervisory liability and municipal liability claims, and which deprivation of rights are actionable under Section 1983.

Beth Hoffman
Senior Legal Editor, Public Sector Service/Municipal Law
Thomson Reuters
Beth Hoffman joined Practical Law from the New York City Law Department, where she served as Senior Counsel in the Special Federal Litigation Division. During her more than 10 years in the Special Federal Litigation Division, she exclusively litigated hundreds of Section 1983 cases brought against the City of New York and its uniformed employees, including the New York City Police Department and the New York City Department of Correction, from inception through trial or settlement. In addition to her 1983 litigation experience, Beth has significant experience in numerous other areas of federal litigation practice, including employment discrimination, bankruptcy, securities fraud, and class actions.

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