Law Enforcement Accountability Project
The National Conference of Black Lawyers’ Law Enforcement Accountability Project (LEAP) is a legal education program designed to train a cadre of lawyers to file civil suits in Federal Court on behalf of the victims of police misconduct and to educate the community activists to know their rights, especially during these protests.
Those taking this training will receive 4 CLE credits to maintain their license to practice law and are encouraged to work with members of their communities as legal advocates in the fight against police brutality.
NCBL LEAP will utilize the framework of the legal system and existing laws to file civil suits that would hold accountable:
police officers who actually committed abusive acts
officers who were present and failed to prevent the abusive acts
officers who conspired to cover up the abusive conduct
the police chief and superior officers who failed to properly train and supervise such police officers
the city or a municipality that condemns and maintains a policy of abusive conduct by failing to discipline such officers accused in the past of misconduct.
Our Distinguished LEAP Faculty will discuss the primary objective of §1983 Litigation which was to provide a means to enforce the provisions of the Fourteenth Amendment. Thus, the bill was intended to protect not only the rights of African Americans who have recently been freed from slavery but also the rights of all citizens against state-sponsored infringement of constitutional rights.
Critical Issues in §1983 Litigation
The Nuts and Bolts in §1983 Trial Preparation
Overcoming Qualified Immunity and Other Challenges in §1983 Litigation
Empowering Communities, Families, and Clients to Know Your Rights
LEAP CLE CREDITS
In many states in the United States, CLE participation is required for attorneys to maintain their license to practice law and to ensure their legal knowledge and skills remain current.
Credits towards fulfilling CLE requirements are obtained by attending classes, courses, seminars, webinars, and self-study.
NCBL provides LEAP CLE certification for attendees.
ILLUSIONS OF JUSTICE
Human Rights Violations in the United States
by Lennox S. Hinds
Lennox S. Hinds is a retired Professor Emeritus of Law and former Chair of the Administration of Justice Program, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
A graduate of The City College of New York and Rutgers Law School, he was awarded the law school’s J. Skelly Wright Award for his contribution to civil rights.
He was a Charles H. Revson Fellow, Center for Legal Education and Urban Policy, City College of New York 1979-1980.
In addition to his practice as a criminal defense and international human rights lawyer, he was Nelson Mandela’s US attorney and counsel in the US to the Government of South Africa, the African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa, and (SWAPO) of Namibia.
He is the Permanent Representative to the United Nations for the International Association of Democratic Lawyers.
ANGELA Y. DAVIS
Distinguished Professor Emerita
History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies
University of California, Santa Cruz
"An essential resource when it was first published in 1978, Lennox Hinds’ new edition of Illusions of Justice reminds us of the importance of combining local and international legal resistance with ongoing movement organizing.
Progressive legal workers, scholars and activists alike will appreciate the valuable historical context offered by this text for those of us involved in contemporary battles against racist and heteropatriarchal state violence."
BERNARD K. FREAMON
Professor of Law Emeritus
Seton Hall Law School
". . . a superb resource for all scholars, practitioners and activists interested in civil and human rights in America and throughout the world. Thoroughly researched and persuasively argued."
ILLUSIONS OF JUSTICE is an adaptation of the Legal Petition submitted to the United Nations on December 11, 1978, the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United States, on behalf of Petitioners.
Proceeds from the sale of the hardcover book are being donated to the National Conference of Black Lawyers.
Ph.D., Professor Criminal Justice
Rutgers University, USA
"Illusions of Justice remains an important resource for scholars, researchers, and lawyers – as well as activists.
Likewise, it continues to provide substantial guidance for the civil rights and human rights movements . . .
I plan to consult the work while writing my own book on political imprisonment.
Moreover, the added chapters (i.e., Death Penalty, Abuse of Power by Police) further bolster the vast volume of cases."
2024 CLE CLASSES
IN §1983 LITIGATION
TAKE THE LEAP!
NCBL LEAP is the only “LEAP “ project providing CLE training for lawyers to sue the police in State and Federal courts throughout the United States.
The next LEAP CLE classes will be offered in October 2024.
LEAP CLE Master Classes are 4 CLE Credits.
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