When the Interests of Municipalities and Their Officials Diverge: Municipal Dual Representation and Conflicts of Interest in § 1983 Litigation

44 Pages Posted: 2 Sep 2009 Last revised: 22 Nov 2011

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Dina Mishra

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Date Written: September 3, 2009

Abstract

In many cases, municipal attorneys defend both a municipality and a municipal official against § 1983 claims. Some defenses available to the two types of defendants are incompatible and may give rise to conflicts of interest. This Note analyzes the problems associated with these conflicts of interest. The Note categorizes and describes the strengths and shortcomings of existing approaches to addressing these conflicts. Finally, it proposes a hybrid approach that may better address conflicts of interest in municipal dual representation.

Keywords: municipal liability, § 1983, conflict of interest, dual representation

JEL Classification: H77, K13, K19, K41

Suggested Citation

Mishra, Dina, When the Interests of Municipalities and Their Officials Diverge: Municipal Dual Representation and Conflicts of Interest in § 1983 Litigation (September 3, 2009). Yale Law Journal, Vol. 119, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1465095

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