AGRiP Webinar: U.S. Supreme Court Update

When:  Sep 13, 2022 from 14:00 to 14:45 (ET)
Attend this fast-paced, energetic webinar to gain insight into the impacts of actions of the U.S. Supreme Court on local entities and public entity pools.

Lisa Soronen, Executive Director of State and Local Legal Center, will talk about:

First Amendment/Free Speech

  • The Court held that an assistant coach who knelt at midfield after games to offer a prayer of thanks is protected by the First Amendment because the Court determined the coach was acting as a citizen rather than a government employee.

  • Lawsuits by elected officials against the full governing body are likely to escalate following a decision by the Court that found censure does not violate the First Amendment.

  • A third-party flag flying program in Boston will impact government speech analysis.

Second Amendment/Gun Rights and Control

  • The Court held 6-3 that local governments may not require "proper cause" to obtain a license to carry a handgun outside the home. Pools may want to consider what this could mean to local entities' licensing and carrying ordinances.

Law Enforcement

  • Two cases on Qualified Immunity were decided. One includes discussion about excessive force in which a knee was applied to the neck of a suspect, the same force used to subdue George Floyd and that ultimately led to Floyd's death.

  • Fourth Amendment malicious prosecution claims can be brought against law enforcement simply by showing prosecution ended without conviction.

  • Law enforcement officers can't be sued for money damages for failing to recite Miranda Rights.