January 8 - Section 1983
Defense Strategies for Litigating Section 1983 Municipal Liability Claims
Considering the wide scope of a Section 1983 municipal liability claim (“Monell Claims”) counsel can quickly find themselves overwhelmed in their efforts to defend these cases. This training session will cover strategies and nuts and bolts tips for dealing with a Monell case in an efficient and winning manner. Areas of discussion will include motions practice, bifurcation, discovery and trial strategy. Some topics may be added or removed from this presentation.
Speakers: Robert DeBerardinis & Kerslyn Featherstone
Robert A. DeBerardinis Jr. is an Assistant Attorney General with the District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General, where he serves in the Civil Litigation Division. During his nearly 20 years with OAG, he has litigated a wide variety of cases including Section 1983, unjust imprisonment and employment discrimination. While at OAG, Mr. DeBerardinis has represented hundreds of police officers and the District of Columbia in Section 1983 actions, including high profile deadly force cases. He is counsel of record in over 75 reported opinions in the Federal Supplement, many of them dealing with complex Section 1983 issues. Over the course of his career, he has represented criminal and civil defendants in over 175 trials.
Kerslyn D. Featherstone is a Senior Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Attorney General of the District of Columbia. Ms. Featherstone graduated from Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta GA, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting and received her Juris Doctor from Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Ms. Featherstone has worked in public service for the Office of the Attorney General for over 15 years handling both criminal and civil matters. Most recently in her role as Senior Assistant Attorney General, she has represented the District of Columbia and individual employees of the District of Columbia in civil litigation matters including but not limited to, Section 1983 and employment discrimination. As a trial attorney, Ms. Featherstone has had over 50 trials, both jury and non-jury over the course of her career. Ms. Featherstone has also represented the District of Columbia and employees in high profile excessive forces cases resulting in death.