Protecting Everyone's Constitutional Rights: Panel on Qualified Immunity
Friday, February 17th, 2023 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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Qualified immunity is a doctrine invented by the Supreme Court in 1982 which protects all government officials from liability when they violate a person’s rights, even intentionally. This prevents people whose rights have been violated from seeing their day in court. The Institute for Justice is partnering with the Social Justice Law Center at Case Western Reserve University to host a panel discussion about qualified immunity, including recent efforts to end the doctrine via litigation, activism, and legislation. Speakers include:
Andrew Geronimo is the director of the First Amendment Clinic within the Milton and Charlotte Kramer Law Clinic at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Geronimo joined the CWRU Law faculty in 2017 as the Stanton Foundation First Amendment Fellow and has taught in the First Amendment Lab, the First Amendment Clinic and the Intellectual Property Venture Clinic. Geronimo has tried cases and handled appeals in the state and federal courts and his advocacy focuses on First Amendment issues, particularly those involving speech and press rights.
Patrick Jaicomo, a Senior Attorney at the Institute for Justice. At IJ, Patrick is one of the leaders of the Project on Immunity and Accountability, through which he works to promote judicial engagement and ensure that government officials are held accountable when they violate individuals’ Constitutional rights. Patrick has litigated accountability issues across the country and at every level of the federal court system, including the Supreme Court.
Anthony Novak, who was arrested, jailed, and pressed for felony charges – all for creating a Facebook page parodying the Parma Police Department. Anthony was found not guilty, but when he tried to sue to vindicate his First Amendment right to parody, his case was thrown out when the police officers who arrested him were granted qualified immunity. Anthony appealed his case all the way to the Supreme Court, which will decide whether to hear his case on February 17 – the same day he will be speaking at Case Western.…and more!
You can learn more about the campaign to abolish qualified immunity in Cleveland at www.aaqi.org/neohio
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