Supreme Court

Qualified Immunity

6/25/2020 4:00 pm

Qualified immunity is a key doctrine protecting state and local officials from individual liability, unless the official violated a clearly established constitutional right. In the 1960s, the Supreme Court recognized qualified immunity as a defense to constitutional violations. Lisa Soronen, executive director of the State & Local Legal Center, which works closely with NLC, prepared this quick summary for us to share with NLC-RISC pools about qualified immunity cases.