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Advanced Course In Police Discipline

November 13-15, 2019
Las Vegas, Nevada
The Flamingo Las Vegas

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  • AGENDA

    Wednesday, November 13, 2019

    9:00 Introduction And Recent Developments In Law Enforcement Labor Issues

    • Recent developments from around the country in the area of public safety labor relations, including a review of pending or recent changes in state laws impacting police discipline, the standards for use of force, and peace officer bills of rights.
    • The fitness for duty process, and the impact of federal employment laws on the medical privacy rights of employees.
    • A discussion of recent court decisions impacting the disciplinary system, including constitutional free speech and privacy issues.
    • The national political discussion of police discipline, and the implications for the future.

    Will Aitchison, Attorney at Law, Public Safety Labor Group, LLP;
    Executive Director, LRIS.

    10:30 Just Cause for Discipline and Disciplinary Systems Around The Country

    • How police officers went from being at-will employees to having meaningful job protections.
    • Civil service systems, police discipline boards, and arbitration of discipline.
    • The 12 requirements for just cause for discipline, including progressive
    • discipline, consideration of mitigating circumstances, the implications of training, and proportionality of punishment.
    • The requirements for a thorough investigation and timely processing of
    • complaints, and where and how more unusual disciplinary penalties such as demotion and transfer can be used.
    • The increase in challenges to the binding nature of arbitration decisions.

    Will Aitchison, Attorney at Law, Public Safety Labor Group, LLP;
    Executive Director, LRIS.

    12:00 Lunch (Included in registration)

    1:00 Just Cause For Discipline (cont.)

    2:00 Garrity, Weingarten, Brady and Miranda

    • An officer’s Fifth Amendment Garrity rights, when and how they apply in critical incidents and internal investigations, and the evolving law on the extent of immunity under Garrity.
    • The Weingarten right to representation in disciplinary interviews, how it can apply in settings as varied as drug testing, critical incidents, and witness interviews, and what happens if Weingarten rights are violated.
    • The ever-changing law on the rule in Brady v. Maryland and how it applies to police disciplinary records. How officers get on and get off Brady lists; whether being placed on a Brady list necessarily results in termination, and lawsuits by officers seeking to be removed from Brady lists.
    • How Miranda applies in the law enforcement workplace.

    Will Aitchison, Attorney at Law, Public Safety Labor Group, LLP;
    Executive Director, LRIS.

    4:00 Adjournment

    4:15 Hosted Reception

    Thursday, November 14, 2019

    9:00 Discipline Under A Statewide Or Contractual Peace Officer Bill Of Rights and The Political Pressures Today On Bills Of Rights

    • A panel of management and labor experts will discuss how discipline must be handled under a statewide or contractual public safety officer bill of rights.
    • Using California’s Bill of Rights as a model, the panel will review the requirements of a bill of rights from intake through the investigatory process and culminating with the disposition of a complaint.
    • Miscellaneous rights under a bill of rights, including officer privacy, access to personnel files, and the relationship between a bill of rights and the Brady rule.

    Todd Simonson, Attorney at Law, Sacks, Ricketts & Case LLP.
    Robert Wexler, Attorney at Law, Rains Lucia Stern McPhalle & Silver.

    12:00 Lunch (Included in registration)

    1:00 Body Camera Video And Other Evidence In Disciplinary Investigations

    • The evolution and current status of body camera programs in United States policing. What the evidence is showing about the impact of body cameras on officer safety, the use of force, citizen complaints, and police practices.
    • The different body camera systems, their features, and their pros and cons. The cost of body camera systems, including storage and data processing costs.
    • Policy issues attendant to a body camera program, including public records laws, face-blurring software, officer review of video before giving statements, privacy considerations for citizens and officers, and monitoring of videos for general compliance with departmental rules.
    • The upside and challenges of video evidence.

    Anil Karia, Attorney at Law, Public Safety Labor Group, LLP.

    2:30 Discipline For Social Media Use

    • The evolving standards used to judge off-duty social media and other Internet use by law enforcement officers.
    • When are Facebook postings protected speech under the First Amendment,
    • and how can protections for union activity give protections to comments made on the Internet?
    • The need for clear employer policies on social media use.

    Anil Karia, Attorney at Law, Public Safety Labor Group, LLP.

    4:00 Adjournment

    Friday, November 15, 2019

    8:30 Anatomy of a Disciplinary Case

    • Using the example of several recently-published high-notoriety police disciplinary cases, a panel of management and labor lawyers will involve seminar attendees in how to assess, prepare, and present disciplinary appeals.
    • How politics plays a significant role in police disciplinary appearances.

    John Becker, Attorney at Law, Sandulli Grace.
    Ben Albrecht, Attorney at Law, Fishel Downey Albrecht & Riepenhoff.
    Anil Karia, Attorney at Law, Public Safety Labor Group, LLP.

    11:30 Adjournment


  • HOTEL & TRAVEL

    The Flamingo Las Vegas
    3555 Las Vegas Blvd. South
    Las Vegas, NV 89109
    702-733-3111800-732-2111

    Rooms are also available at

    THE LINQ Hotel
    (adjacent to The Flamingo)
    3535 Las Vegas Blvd. South
    (702) 733-3111(888) 373-9855

    To make arrangements, visit
    https://aws.passkey.com/go/SFACP9.
    You can also call either hotel directly. For the Flamingo, use Group Code SFACP9. Room rates Tuesday through Thursday nights are $79 per night, plus a $30 per room, per night resort fee and 13.38% tax. Rates Friday and Saturday nights are $130 plus resort fee and tax. For the LINQ, use Group Code SQACP9. Room rates Tuesday through Thursday nights are $79 per night, plus a $30 per room, per night resort fee and 13.38% tax. Rates Friday and Saturday nights are $155 plus resort fee and tax. A limited number of rooms are available at these rates on Friday and Saturday nights, so book early if you plan to stay over. Reservations must be made by October 21, 2019. Reservations received after this date will be on a space-available basis only and at the prevailing rate.


  • OTHER INFO

    P.O.S.T. Certification
    Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) credits may be available on a state-by-state basis. If you would like information on your state, please contact Seminar Coordinator Claire Cowan at (503) 282-5440 or Claire@LRIS.com prior to the seminar.

    Continuing Legal Education certification
    LRIS has been approved as a CLE provider by the State Bar of California. This program will qualify for 12.5 hours of MCLE credit by the State Bar of California. If you require certification from any other state, please call Seminar Coordinator Claire Cowan at (503) 282-5440 prior to the seminar.

    FEES:
    Registration fees are $795 per person; $645 per person if three or more attend from the same organization. Registration fees include attendance, lunch on the first two days of the seminar, all seminar materials, and a hospitality reception on the first evening.

    SEMINAR MATERIALS:
    Each attendee will receive a notebook containing extensive written materials pertaining to each of the subjects addressed.

    CANCELLATION POLICY
    Reservations may be canceled up to ten days prior to the seminar with a full refund. Cancellations made within ten days are subject to a $150 fee. Substitutions may be made at any time.


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