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Tue, Jul 7th, 2020 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET
Tue, Jul 7th, 2020 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CT
Tue, Jul 7th, 2020 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM MT
Tue, Jul 7th, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT


One of the most common forms of lawsuits filed against not only criminal justice professionals but all public employees is a civil rights suit or what is known as a 1983 action for an alleged violation of a plaintiff’s constitutional rights. This webinar will provide a basic understanding of what such suits are, their essential elements of what a plaintiff has to prove and some of the key defenses such as qualified immunity.

** This webinar has been certified by the National Sheriffs’ Association and may be eligible for Continuing Education Units through your POST. Please consult your local certification processes for additional details. Paid subscribers that attend will be able to download a jointly issued attendance certificate that includes the National Sheriffs’ Association logo.


Richard Hodsdon has been an attorney for more than 40 years and for his entire career has been involved in civil and criminal matters concerning corrections, criminal prosecution and law enforcement operations. He has over 30 years of experience dealing with management and personnel issues including employment law. Rick currently is an assistant county attorney in Stillwater, MN where his duties include representation of the county and criminal justice agencies. He has trained thousands of government staff on civil litigation, criminal law and personnel issues. Rick has also served as counsel to the Minnesota Sheriffs Association for over 30 years.

Rick’s career includes 8 years with the MN attorney general’s office and a year in private practice defending government officials in civil litigation. Rick and has served as an instructor for NIC, the AELE and School of Police Staff and Command on a variety of topics. He is the author of several books and in addition to his law degree has a Masters in public administration.