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.

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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.

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