May 18, 2023

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm, Central Time

ACS Chicago: Has Qualified Immunity turned into Strict Qualified Immunity

Siegel & Callahan, P.C., Chicago, IL

During the October 2021 session, the United States Supreme Court ruled that qualified immunity almost universally protects officers to use deadly force whenever they have apprehension for their lives. In making these rulings, has SCOTUS gone too far and made qualified immunity into strict qualified immunity? This panel discusses the history and expansion of qualified immunity and if SCOTUS has gone too far in its expansion of the doctrine.


Evan Bernick, Assistant Professor, NIU School of Law 

Joanna Schwartz, Professor, UCLA Law School; Author, Shielded: How the Police Became Untouchable 

David Shapiro, Executive Director, Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights 

Juan Thomas, Of Counsel, QPWB; Chair, ABA Civil Rights and Social Justice Committee 


David Melton, Board President, Reform For Illinois