Civil Rights Litigation
Typically offered every other year
Civil Rights Litigation examines causes of action that allow injured parties to sue government actors for violations of constitutional rights. The primary focus is 42 U.S.C.1983, but the course also considers related statutes, causes of action derived directly from the Constitution, basic aspects of federal habeas corpus, and some international law. Important themes and topics include federalism, sovereign immunity, individual immunities, municipal liability, the scope of the civil rights cause of action, and remedies (including the remedies associated with institutional reform litigation). The grade will be based on a final examination, with an optional paper. This course typically is offered every other year.