Unqualified Immunity? The Challenges of Holding Federal Officials Accountable

September 30, 2020 • 12:30 PM • Virtual

Anya Bidwell, Elfie Gallun Fellow in Freedom and the Constitution and attorney at the Institute for Justice, will explain why it is so difficult to hold federal officials accountable for misconduct. She will discuss Bivens doctrine, qualified immunity, and how joint state and federal task forces allow local officials to gain the same immunities as federal officials. This will include discussion of Brownback v. King, a case she is working on which will come before the Supreme Court this November. Professor Brandon Garrett, Faculty Director of the Wilson Center for Science and Justice, will moderate a discussion following Ms. Bidwell's remarks. The panel will feature UCLA Law Professor Joanna Schwartz, a leading expert on qualified immunity, and University of Texas Law Professor Steve Vladeck, a leading expert on federal courts and constitutional law. Sponsored by the Duke Law Federalist Society. Co-sponsored by the Criminal Law Society, the Center for Criminal Justice and Professional Responsibility, the Innocence Project, and the Wilson Center for Science and Justice. For more information, please contact Brendan Clemente at brendan.clemente@duke.edu. Log in with this Webinar ID: 993 5469 1485, or this link: https://zoom.us/j/99354691485