David Lee is now Of Counsel at the law firm of Riggs Abney, Neal, Turpen, Orbison & Lewis
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THE BOOK

handbook of section 1983 litigation by david w. lee
published by Wolters Kluwer
Law & Business

This essential guide is designed as the practitioner's desk book providing quick and concise answers to issues that frequently arise in Section 1983 cases


If you need the short answer to a Section 1983 question, and you can't afford to waste time running down the wrong research path, turn to the Handbook of Section 1983 Litigation. This essential guide is designed as the practitioner's desk book. It provides quick and concise answers to issues that frequently arise in Section 1983 cases, from police misconduct to affirmative actions to gender and race discrimination. It is organized to help you quickly find the specific information you need whether you're counsel for the plaintiff or defendant. You will find a clear, concise statement of the law governing every aspect of a Section 1983 claim, extensive citation to legal authority, every major Supreme Court ruling onSection 1983, as well as key opinions in every circuit, and a detailed overview of case law.

The Handbook of Section 1983 Litigation is written by David Lee, a practicing expert with 35 years of litigation experience. He has lectured on civil rights topics before thousands of litigators during his career, and argued four cases before the United States Supreme Court, as well as numerous cases before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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David w. lee

David LeeAttorney David W. Lee, author of Handbook of Section 1983 Litigation, served as Chief of the Criminal and Federal Divisions of the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office for three Attorneys General: Jan Eric Cartwright; Michael C. Turpen; and Robert H. Henry. David also was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, and an Assistant District Attorney in Washington and Oklahoma Counties. He was also an Assistant Public Defender in Oklahoma County.

David has been a regular lecturer for the National College of District Attorneys and the National District Attorneys Association, and in 2002 received that organization's Distinguished Faculty Member Award. He was the recipient of the National College's Lecturer of Merit Award in 1992. He has also presented lectures for the National Business Institute and Lorman Education Services. While in the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office he received the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution Law Enforcement Commendation Medal. In January, 1997, he presented lectures on civil rights subjects to the Illinois Attorney General's Office. He has also given lectures to the Vermont Law School, and the Texas District Attorneys' Association. In April, 2002, he presented a lecture at the Georgetown College of Law on the subject of malicious prosecution and 42 U.S.C. 1983 at that law school's annual Section 1983 seminar.

David organizes and lectures at a seminar presented every two years by the Oklahoma Bar Association entitled "The Essential Section 1983 Litigation Seminar."

In his career, he has argued four cases before the United States Supreme Court: Thompson v. Oklahoma, 487 U.S. 815 (1988); Burlington Northern v. Oklahoma Tax Commission, 481 U.S. 454 (1987); Oklahoma v. Castleberry, 471 U.S. 146 (1985); and Eddings v. Oklahoma, 455 U.S. 104 (1982). David has also argued and written briefs regarding numerous cases before the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.

For over twenty years, David was an adjunct professor the Oklahoma City University School of Law, and taught courses there in constitutional civil rights, disability law, trial practice, employment law and appellate advocacy. He also taught employment law as an adjunct professor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law.

David has also been a lecturer on civil rights for the Oklahoma Bar Association and the Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement, Education and Training (CLEET). In addition to representing county and municipal officers and employees around the State, he has represented the following state agencies in civil rights cases: Oklahoma State University, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Langston University, Oklahoma Panhandle State A&M University, Northeastern A&M College, and Connors State College. He is the hearing officer for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) with regard to appeals of denials of Self-Defense Act (concealed handgun) applications.

Mr. Lee has an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell and has been named an Oklahoma Super Lawyer.

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