A legal overview of section 1983 civil rights litigation if a governmental police department in contrast to a private security company was involv. The appendix to constitutional litigation under 1983 includes the text of relevant provisions in the united states constitution together with the text of pertinent statutes and procedural rules constitutional litigation under 1983 is also accompanied by a comprehensive teachers manual available only to professors. Constitutional litigation under section 1983 and the bivens doctrine in the october 2008 term martin a schwartz introduction section 1983 is the major enforcer of individual federal constitutional rights it authorizes individuals to enforce their constitutional rights against state and local officials for example. Constitutional litigation under section 1983 is constructed to serve as the principal reading for a two or three hour course the book uses the united states constitution as a tool to convey to the student a succinct understanding of the policies procedures problems and precedents that surround federal litigation with the government. Section 1983 civil rights litigation title 42 section 1983 of the united states code is a procedural vehicle by which one whose federal statutory or constitutional rights have been violated can bring an action against state actors who commit these violations under color of law the statute was
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