Seminar Information


Advanced Course In Police Discipline

November 14 to November 16, 2018
Las Vegas, Nevada
The Flamingo Las Vegas



November 14, 2018

9:00 am – 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 or peace officer bills of rights.
  • 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

10:30 am – 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

12:00 pm – Lunch (Included in registration)

1:00 pm – 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

4:00 pm – Adjournment

4:15 pm – Hosted Reception

November 15, 2018

9:00 am – Discipline Under A Statewide 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 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.

William Hadden, Todd Simonson and Robert Wexler.

12:00 pm – Lunch (Included in registration)

1:00 pm – 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.

Anil Karia

2:30 pm – 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

4:00 pm – Adjournment

November 16, 2018

8:30 am – 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 and Ben Albrecht.

11:30 am – Adjournment

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Hotel And Travel

The Flamingo Las Vegas

3555 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
702-733-3111 • 800-732-2111


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

To make arrangements online go to or call the hotel directly and request the group rate for this seminar. For the Flamingo, use Group Code SFACP8. Room rates Tuesday through Thursday nights are $75 per night, plus a $29 per room, per night resort fee and 13.38% tax. Rates Friday and Saturday nights are $128 plus resort fee and tax. For the Linq, use Group Code SQGAP8. Room rates Tuesday through Thursday nights are $75 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 22, 2018. Reservations received after this date will be on a space-available basis only and at the prevailing rate.

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Will Aitchison

Mr. Aitchison is a Portland, Oregon attorney who has, over the course of his career, represented over 100 law enforcement and firefighter labor organizations in five western states. He is a veteran of hundreds of public sector labor negotiations. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. and is the author of several books on public sector labor matters, including The Rights of Law Enforcement Officers (7th Edition), and The Rights of Firefighters (4th Edition).

John Becker

A graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and Oberlin College, John M. Becker has been of a member of the Massachusetts Bar since 1994. John serves individual and union clients in both the private and public sectors, but has specialized in representing public employee unions. He has helped clients negotiate collective bargaining agreements, arbitrate grievances, and pursue various matters in court and in numerous state agencies. He has also brought litigation to enforce employees’ rights under the Fair Labor Standards Act and other laws.

William Hadden

Mr. Hadden joined Rains Lucia Stern St. Phalle & Silver in 2017. For more than 25 years, Bill has handled high profile criminal and administrative cases. He has represented countless public safety members in all phases of litigation and frequently lectures and writes about prominent legal issues pertaining to them. He graduated with honors from Boston University and earned his J.D. at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

Anil Karia

Mr. Karia is a lawyer with the Public Safety Labor Group in Portland, Oregon. He specializes in representing public safety labor organizations, including the Portland Police Association, in all aspects of their labor relations. He is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Law

Ben Albrecht

Mr. Albrecht is a partner with the Columbus, Ohio firm of Fishel Hass Kim Albrecht Downey, LLP.  He received his law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Ben advises cities, townships, counties, and public officials throughout Ohio on all labor and employment law issues.  He represents clients in contract negotiations, mediation, conflict resolution, arbitrations and before various administrative agencies. Mr. Albrecht has conducted numerous seminars for clients and associations regarding various topics including unlawful discrimination and harassment, social media, collective bargaining, performance evaluations and discipline.

Todd Simonson

Mr. Simonson is a partner of Sacks, Ricketts & Case LLP. Todd represents public and private sector management in all areas of labor and employment law, with an emphasis on matters involving public safety employees. In his more than 15 years of practice, he has successfully defended employers against high-profile discrimination and harassment litigation, prevailed in numerous arbitrations and administrative appeals upholding serious disciplinary action, and enforced management rights through effective collective bargaining.

Rob Wexler

Mr. Wexler is a partner in the California law firm Rains Lucia Stern. For over 20 years he has represented labor associations and their members on all matters relating to contract negotiations, grievances, disciplinary investigations, wage and hour claims, disability rights, and retirement matters. He is a graduate of Southwestern University School of Law.

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CLE And POST Certification

P.OS.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 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 contact Seminar Coordinator Claire Cowan at (503) 282-5440 or prior to the seminar.

Fees And Other Information


Registration fees are $695 per person; $595 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.


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


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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