Prison Litigation:
A Workshop for Plaintiffs' Attorneys
A training and networking conference for lawyers and paralegals who represent prisoners in prison and jail litigation, or who would like to. 190 lawyers attended this two-day conference on March 28 and March 29, 2008. Photos of the event are here.

Sessions included:

  • KEYNOTE: Stephen Bright, President & Senior Counsel, Southern Center for Human Rights
  • Working with experts
  • How to cope with the PLRA
  • Working with pro bono attorneys/Working with advocacy organizations
  • Networking resources
  • Issues in individual litigation
  • Issues in class action litigation
  • How to plead and prove substantial money damages
  • Sustaining your practice economically (attorneys' fees and contingency fees)
  • Statutory update: PLRA reform, the Second Chance Act, the Prison Rape Elimination Act

The agenda is available here.

Materials are available on this site, here. They are password protected. If you were not a conference participant, you can also get these materials if you are a member of the probono.net prisoners rights’ network, on that site’s library. Join here.

Some of the sessions were videotaped:

a) Networking resources, b) Issues in class action litigation, and c) Congressional activity, available here
d) Keynote: Steve Bright "Prison Reform in the Era of the Roberts Court", available here
e) John Boston and Michael Bien, Coping with the PLRA, available here

Organizing Committee

  • Greg Belzley, Dinsmore & Shohl
  • Margo Schlanger, Washington University School of Law
  • Cassandra Capobianco, Florida Institutional Legal Services
  • Michael Hamden, North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services
  • Steve Hanlon, Holland & Knight
  • Ivy Lange, Washington Lawyers Committee, D.C. Prisoners Legal Services Project
  • Dan Manville, Wayne State Constitutional Law Clinic
  • Alan Mills, Uptown People’s Law Center
  • Karen Murtagh-Monks, Prisoners Legal Services of New York
  • Judith Storandt, National Disability Rights Network
  • Margaret Winter, ACLU National Prison Project