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Tell us about your top U.S. Supreme Court or federal circuit court victory over the past year and how you and your team achieved the win. Our team engineered a rare feat in the Supreme Court, securing a unanimous victory on behalf of Los Angeles County and two sheriff’s deputies. The decision in Los Angeles v. Mendez involved a high-profile 2010 police shooting and established important precedent for police departments around the country. Specifically, the case addressed when police officers can be held personally liable for excessive force. The Ninth Circuit here, and some other courts, allowed officers to be held liable under the “provocation rule” even when the force they used at the time was reasonable. The justices rejected that rule.

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Lisa Helem is the editor in chief of The National Law Journal. Contact her at lhelem@alm.com. On Twitter: @lhelemNLJ

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