Professor of Law

Contact

  • Office: 120 Tremont St.,
  • Suite: 280-A
  • Phone: 617-573-8216
  • Fax: 617-305-3089
  • Email: kblum@suffolk.edu

Degrees

  • BA, Wells College
  • JD Suffolk University
  • LLM Harvard University

Bar Admittance

  • MA
  • Federal District Court of MA
  • Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

    Teaching

  • Civil Procedure
  • Civil Rights
  • Police Misconduct Litigation
  • Federal Courts

Biography

Karen Blum has been teaching at Suffolk Law since 1974. She teaches in the areas of Civil Procedure, Federal Courts, Civil Rights and Police Misconduct Litigation. She received her B.A. in Philosophy from Wells College, a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School and an LL. M. from Harvard. Professor Blum is a regular faculty participant in § 1983 Civil Rights Programs and Institutes around the country. In addition, she serves as a faculty member for workshops sponsored by the Federal Judicial Center for Federal Judges and Federal Magistrate Judges. Professor Blum has authored numerous articles in the section 1983 area and is a co-author, along with Michael Avery and David Rudovsky, of Police Misconduct, Law and Litigation.

Professional Activities

Executive Committee of Civil Rights Section of AALS; Executive Committee of Federal Courts Section of AALS; Legal Advisory Committee for Massachusetts ACLU; Advisory Board for National Police Accountability Project; Advisory Board for Legal & Liability Risk Management Institute; American Constitution Society

Publications

Books

POLICE MISCONDUCT: LAW AND LITIGATION (4th ed., 2014) (with Michael Avery and David Rudovsky)

POLICE MISCONDUCT: LAW AND LITIGATION (3rd ed., 2013) (with Michael Avery and David Rudovsky)

POLICE MISCONDUCT: LAW AND LITIGATION (3d ed., 2012) (with Michael Avery and David Rudovsky)

SECTION 1983 LITIGATION (Washington, D.C.: Federal Judicial Center, 1998) (with Kathryn R. Urbonya)

POLICE MISCONDUCT, LAW AND LITIGATION (2009 ed., ) (with Michael Avery and David Rudovsky)

Book Chapters

Section 1983: Qualified Immunity, in VOLS. 2 AND 3, PRACTISING LAW INSTITUTE: 30TH ANNUAL SECTION 1983 CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION (2013)

Local Government Liability Under Section 1983, in VOL. 1 CHAPTER___, PRACTISING LAW INSTITUTE: 30TH ANNUAL SECTION 1983 CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION (2013)

Chapter 1, Municipal Liability After Connick and Liability of Supervisors After Iqbal, in SECTION 1983 CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION: NEW DEVELOPMENTS & STRATEGIES (2013) (Litigation and Administrative Practice Series: Course Handbook Series PLI)

Section 1983: Qualified Immunity, in VOL. 1, CHAPTER 18, PRACTISING LAW INSTITUTE: 29TH ANNUAL SECTION 1983 CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION (2012)

Local Government Liability Under Section 1983, in VOL. 2, CHAPTER 7 PRACTISING LAW INSTITUTE: 29TH ANNUAL SECTION 1983 CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION (2012)

Section 1983: Qualified Immunity, in VOL. 1 PRACTISING LAW INSTITUTE: 28TH ANNUAL SECTION 1983 CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION (2011)

Local Government Liability Under Section 1983, in VOL. 2 PRACTISING LAW INSTITUTE 28TH ANNUAL SECTION 1983 CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION (2011)

Section 1983: Qualified Immunity, in VOL. 1 PRACTISING LAW INSTITUTE: 27TH ANNUAL SECTION 1983 CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION (2010)

Local Government Liability under Section 1983, in VOL. 2 PRACTISING LAW INSTITUTE 27TH ANNUAL SECTION 1983 CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION (2010)

Section 1983: Qualified Immunity, in VOL. 1 PRACTISING LAW INSTITUTE: 26TH ANNUAL SECTION 1983 CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION (2009)

Local Government Liability Under Section 1983, in VOL. 2 PRACTISING LAW INSTITUTE: 26TH ANNUAL SECTION 1983 CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION (2009)

Section 1983: Qualified Immunity, in VOL. 1 PRACTISING LAW INSTITUTE: 25TH ANNUAL SECTION 1983 CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION (2008)

Local Government Liability under Section 1983, in VOL. 2 PRACTISING LAW INSTITUTE: 25TH ANNUAL SECTION 1983 CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION (2008)

Section 1983: Qualified Immunity, in VOL. 1 PRACTISING LAW INSTITUTE: 24TH ANNUAL SECTION 1983 CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION (2007)

Local Government Liability Under Section 1983, in VOL. 2 PRACTISING LAW INSTITUTE 24TH ANNUAL SECTION 1983 CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION (2007)

Chapter 6: Section 1983: Qualified Immunity, in PRACTISING LAW INSTITUTE 22ND ANNUAL SECTION 1983 CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION (2006)

Chapter 7: Local Government Liability Under Section 1983, in PRACTISING LAW INSTITUTE 23RD ANNUAL SECTION 1983 CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION (2006)

Local Government Liability Under Sectioin 1983, in PRACTISING LAW INSTITUTE 22ND ANNUAL SECTION 1983 CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION (2005)

Section 1983: Qualified Immunity, in PRACTISING LAW INSTITUTE 22ND ANNUAL SECTION 1983 CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION (2005)

Recent Developments in the Law of Qualified Immunity, in 18 CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION AND ATTORNEY FEES ANNUAL HANDBOOK (2002)

Chapter 4, Vol.18, in CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION AND ATTORNEY FEES ANNUAL HANDBOOK (2002)

Justices Revisit the Issue of Municipal Liability Under Section 1983 for Single Decision of Final Policymaker: Board of County Commissionersof Bryan County v. Brown, in 13 CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION AND ATTORNEY FEES ANNUAL HANDBOOK (1998)

Affirmative Duties of Government After DeShaney, in SWORD AND SHIELD REVISITED () Chicago, IL: American Bar Ass’n. 1998

Articles

Qualified Immunity Developments: Not Much Hope Left for Plaintiffs, 29 TOURO L. REV. 633 (2013)

Municipal Liability and Liability of Supervisors: Litigation Significance of Recent Trends and Developments, 29 TOURO L. REV. 93 (2012)

Qualified Immunity: Further Developments in the Post-Pearson Era, 27 TOURO L. REV. 243 (2011)

Supervisory Liability After Iqbal: Misunderstood but not Misnamed, 43 URB. LAW. 541 (2011)

Section 1983 Litigation: Post-Pearson and Post-Iqbal, 26 TOURO L. REV. 433 (2010)

Fourth Amendment Stops, Arrests and Searches in the Context of Qualified Immunity, 25 TOURO L. REV. 781 (2009) (with Dean Erwin Chemerinsky)

Making Out the Monell Claim Under Section 1983, 25 TOURO L. REV. 829 (2009)

The Qualified Immunity Defense: What's "Clearly Established" and What's Not, 24 TOURO L. REV. 501 (2008)

Recent Developments in the Use of Excessive Force by Law Enforcement, 24 TOURO L. REV. 569 (2008) (with John J. Ryan)

Scott v. Harris: Death Knell for Deadly Force Policies and Garner Jury Instructions?, 58 SYRACUSE L. REV. 45 (2007)

Qualified Immunity: Discretionary Function, Extraordinary Circumstances, and Other Nuances, 23 TOURO L. REV. 57 (2007)

Support Your Local Sheriff: Suing Sheriffs Under Section 1983, 34 STETSON L. REV. 623 (2005)

Qualified Immunity in the Fourth Amendment: A Practical Application of Sec.1983 as It Applies to Fourth Amendment Excessive Force Cases, 21 TOURO L. REV. 571 (2005)

Qualified Immunity: The Constitutional Analysis and its Application, 20 TOURO L. REV. 643 (2004)

Municipal Liability Under Section 1983 Independent of Employee Liability, 17 TOURO L. REV. 551 (2001)

Local Government Liability for the Enforcement of State Law , 41 MUN. LAW. 7 (2000)

The Theory of Municipal Custom and Practice, 16 TOURO L. REV. 825 (2000)

Municipal Liability: Derivative or Direct? Distinguishing the Canton Case from the Collins Case, 48 DEPAUL L. REV. 687 (1999)

Municipal Liability Under Section 1983, 15 TOURO L. REV. 1535 (1999)

Heightened Pleading: Is There Life After Leatherman?, 44 CATH. U. L. REV. 59 (1995)

DeShaney: Custody, Creation of Danger and Culpability, 27 LOY. L.A. L. REV. 435 (1994) (recently cited in an en banc Fifth Circuit case)

Qualified Immunity: A User's Manual, 26 IND. L. REV. 187 (1993)

A Worker's Safety Rights, The National Law Journal, January 20, 1992 at 17-18. Monell, DeShaney and Zinermon: Official Policy, Affirmative Duty, Established State Procedure and Municipal Liability under Section 1983, 24 CREIGHTON L. REV. 1 (1990)

Section 1981 Revisited: Looking Beyond Runyon and Patterson, 32 HOWARD L. J. 1 (1989)

Two Hundred Years Later: Hopes Not Realized, Promises Not Fulfilled--The Constitutionalization of Racism Two Hundred Years Later: Hopes Not Realized, Promises Not Fulfilled--The Constitutionalization of Racism, 72 MASS. L. REV. 56 (1987)

Applying the Parratt/Hudson Doctrine: Defining the Scope of the Logan Established State Procedure Exception and Determining the Adequacy of State Postdeprivation Remedies, 13 HASTINGS CONST. L.Q. 695 (1986)

The Implications of Parratt v. Taylor for Section 1983 Litigation, 16 URB. LAW. 363 (1984)

From Monroe to Monell: Defining the Scope of Municipal Liability in Federal Courts, 51 TEMPLE L. Q. 409 (1978) (cited in Supreme Court decision, Pembaur v. City of Cincinnati, 475 U.S. 469 (1986)

11th Circuit is Out of Step, NATIONAL L. J., () Apr. 21, 2003, at A13

All Too Clearly Cruel, NATIONAL L. J., () Feb. 25, 2002, at A21

MEDIA

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