Crabbe, Brown & James is honored to have three of its attorneys present at the National Fraternal Order of Police Legal Counselors Seminar taking place from March 5-6, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. On Thursday, Chris Green led a training on “Qualified Immunity and the Everchanging Landscape.” Qualified immunity is a crucial defense for police officers when faced with allegations that those officers’ decisions or actions violated an individual’s constitutional rights. Chris shared an update on how courts across the country continue to evolve in their interpretations of qualified immunity and what that means for officers and their legal counsel seeking to assert the defense.

On Friday, Rob Buchbinder led a discussion of “The Use of Body Cameras, Dash Cameras, Drones, Public and Private Cameras.” Rob provided guidance on identifying the proper balance between gathering critical information via these devices to investigate criminal activity and protecting individuals’ constitutional rights under the Fourth Amendment. Managing Partner Larry James, who serves as General Counsel to the National Fraternal Order of Police, also offered guidance on “Creating a List of Subject Matter Experts and Individual Strategies to Respond to Crisis Situations and Interact with the Press.” 

Each presentation addressed a critical area that impacts police officers’ daily interactions with the public. By providing these trainings, our attorneys are working to ensure officers have the most current information available about their rights and obligations under the law when making difficult decisions in the line of duty.

The National Fraternal Order of Police is the world’s largest organization of sworn law enforcement officers with more than 350,000 members in more than 2,100 lodges across the United States. Crabbe, Brown & James’ Managing Partner Larry H. James has served as General Counsel to the National Fraternal Order of Police since 2001.