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Posted on: Aug 19, 2015

By Nicole Buskill of Church Church Hittle & Antrim and Alexander P. Will of Frost Brown Todd LLC

The IndyBar is passionate about providing relevant programs to keep your practice current, and the upcoming Police Use of Force CLE series is no exception. The Government Practice Section is hosting four programs that will expand the issue of police officers’ use of force and will address current topics affecting police departments and the lawyers who advise them.

Learn more about the series with the top 10 list below, and be sure to register for the CLEs, which start on September 3.

1. The first CLE is a panel discussion on the Current Climate Regarding Police Use of Force featuring five excellent and entertaining speakers: Beth Garrison, City of Kokomo; John Kautzman, Ruckelshaus Kautzman Bemis Blackwell & Hasbrook; Rich Waples, Waples & Hanger; Steve Creason, Indiana Attorney General’s Office; and Chief Darryl Pierce, retired IMPD.
2. This panel discussion will provide a broad spectrum of ideas and viewpoints on police use of force and other interactions with the public.
3. The second CLE looks at civil implications and liability regarding officer use of force.
4. At this second presentation, you can hear two seasoned practitioners, Libby Roberts of Church Church Hittle & Antrim and Patricia Orloff Erdmann of the Indiana Attorney General’s Office, discuss police liability arising from officer use of force and their experiences in defending these claims.
5. The third CLE delves into possible criminal or other repercussions arising from police misconduct—including when an officer’s use of force crosses the line and becomes excessive.  
6. This third presentation will answer questions about whether and/or in what circumstances police officers can be criminally charged for incidents arising in their line of work.    
7. The series culminates with a fourth CLE, which will be a one-on-one debate concerning a number of issues with the Current Climate Regarding Police Use of Force.
8. This debate CLE is the Government Practice Section’s third annual debate, each of which has showcased a hotly debated media topic.  
9. This debate also showcases the best of legal professionalism, displaying that two accomplished legal professionals can fundamentally disagree on a topic while remaining collegial and professional in their disagreement.
10. Each and every one of these CLEs is an excellent opportunity to learn about the changing landscape of police officer use of force and how it may affect your clients, to hear experts discuss and debate police use of force in today’s climate, and to meet and network with experienced practitioners who work in the same or similar area of law.  

If you want your practice to stay relevant in today’s changing culture, you don’t want to miss this engaging and enlightening series. Register for the series today here.

This post was written by Nicole Buskill of Church Church Hittle & Antrim and Alexander P. Will of Frost Brown Todd LLC. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Government Practice Section page, please email Rachel Beachy at


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