WAJ Webinar: A Primer for Trial Lawyers on Litigating Excessive Force Cases Against the Police



WAJ Webinar:  Wednesday, July 15th, 2020

From 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM | 1 CLE | Registration Fee: $25


A Primer for Trial Lawyers on Litigating Excessive Force Cases Against the Police

Speaker: Jeff Scott Olson, The Jeff Scott Olson Law Firm, S. C.


Webinar  Synopsis:

  1. State Law Remedies and Why We Do Not Bother With Them
  2. A Quick Tour of the Federal Damages Remedy -- 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1983
  3. The Fourth Amendment Creates an Objective Standard -- Did the Police Employ Greater Force than was Reasonable?
  4. Where No Force is Required or an Arrest is Unlawful, Any Force is Actionable
  5. A police officer may not use any substantial force against a passively resisting person.
  6. Police may not use danger to themselves as a justification for the use of force if the police intentionally and unreasonably placed themselves in a position of danger.
  7. Police may only use deadly force against a dangerous, violent, fleeing felon or a person who is willfully putting another person in imminent danger.
  8. Even where deadly force is initially reasonable, it must be discontinued when the immediate threat has been eliminated.


Speaker Bio:

Jeff Scott Olson graduated with honors in 1972, from the University of Wisconsin and obtained his law degree there in 1976.  In over forty years of private practice, he has consistently represented individuals and small businesses against government agencies, corporations and insurance companies.  He has won a number of landmark cases, including Watkins v. LIRC, 117 Wis. 2d 753, 345 N.W. 2d 482 (1984), which established the right of an employment discrimination victim to recover a separate award of attorneys' fees under the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, and Gilbert v. State of Wisconsin Medical Examining Board, 119 Wis. 2d 168, 349 N.W. 2d 68 (1984), which established due process safeguards applicable to professional license revocation cases.

He has won two jury verdicts for damages in the millions of dollars, one for a young man wrongfully convicted of sexual assault and later exonerated by DNA evidence and one for the family of a police shooting victim.

A nationally recognized expert on civil rights law, he has been asked on over seventy occasions to present educational programs for the training of other lawyers, and has authored nearly two dozen articles on civil rights topics in national publications.  He was the winner of the American Civil Liberties Union's "Volunteer Attorney of the Year" award in 1986 and the Dane County Fair Housing Council's "Fair Housing Advocate Award" in 1988.  He was first voted "Best Civil Rights Lawyer in Madison" in a poll of the Dane County Bar published in Madison Magazine's January, 1994, edition, and has been similarly recognized several times since then.  He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Superlawyers, and is a past chair of the State Bar of Wisconsin Individual Rights Section.



Join us from your home or office.  

A Zoom Webinar link will be distributed to everyone registered a few days before the program. Please contact Bryan at (608)210-3390 or bryan@wisjustice.org if you have questions.