June 6, 2022
Manning & Kass’ Government Entity Liability practice prevails once more as The United States District Court has granted summary judgment in favor of the City of Santa Monica in a lawsuit arising out of the handling of the City's curfew by the Santa Monica Police Department. The curfew was imposed following the death of George Floyd in 2020. In the case, the plaintiff alleged that members of the SMPD had used unreasonable and excessive force on him when he refused to comply with a lawful order to disperse. He also alleged that the City interfered with his First Amendment Rights as a "journalist." There was abundant video evidence that no excessive force was used and that the conduct by the officers was proper.
June 1, 2022
Paralegal Manager Anthony Sipp recently took part in a panel of legal professionals at Fullerton College, where they discussed the trends they see in the field concerning diversity among legal professionals. They also shared their thoughts on what educational institutions and legal programs can do to improve the representation and presence of men of color. Mr. Sipp was appointed to the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) Diversity in the Profession Section and serves as the Chair of the Los Angeles Paralegal Association (LAPA) Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee.