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All My Videos: Constitutional Law, Section 1983 and SCOTUS

My videos–some lengthy, some relatively brief–on constitutional law (including the First and Second Amendments), section 1983 and the Supreme Court, are now available in one place on Youtube right here:

Check them out and let me know what you think. Email me:

Thanks to Chicago-Kent techies for setting this up and thanks to you for visiting my blog.

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July 29, 2014 at 10:50 am

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A Short Video on Lane v. Franks

I blogged on January 20, 2014, about Lane v. Franks, the public employee free speech case currently before the Supreme Court, scheduled to be argued on April 28, 2014.

Here is a five-minute video on the case:

I hope you find it informative.


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April 25, 2014 at 10:00 am

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2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 38,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 14 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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December 31, 2013 at 4:53 pm

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Blog on Break

I will be grading exams and papers and then taking a vacation. The blog will return next year.

All the best to my readers.


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December 16, 2013 at 5:48 am

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Follow me on Twitter: @NahmodLaw

I am now tweeting on Twitter. My handle is @NahmodLaw.

Most of my tweets will be related to section 1983, constitutional law and the First Amendment, the subjects of this blog.

However, my tweets will occasionally cover other subjects.

I hope you follow me.


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July 22, 2013 at 1:22 pm

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All My Posts Through 4-10-13

It has been a while since I reorganized all of my posts (including several videos and podcasts) in order to provide greater and more efficient accessibility for readers. There are now more than 100 posts.

I consider this reorganization important, and I hope it is also useful to you, because my posts are not intended to be of short-term utility.

Instead, they are intended to serve the continuing educational needs of  lawyers, law students, academics and the public at large.

I thank all of you for your growing support of this blog.

Sheldon Nahmod (


What follows is a list comprising all of my posts (with links) divided into the following four parts: PART I: SECTION 1983; PART II: CONSTITUTIONAL LAW; PART III: FIRST AMENDMENT; PART IV: EDUCATION


Section 1983 Supreme Court Decisions–2009: A Video Presentation

A Section 1983 Podcast: Damages and Procedural Defenses

From Monroe to Connick: Video

From Monroe to Connick: Podcast

Article: The Long and Winding Road from Monroe to Connick

“Section 1983 Is Born”: A Working Paper

A Section 1983 Primer (1): History, Purposes and Scope

A Section 1983 Primer (2): The Seminal Decision of Monroe v. Pape

A Section 1983 Primer (3): Constitutional States of Mind

A Section 1983 Primer (4): Causation and the Mt. Healthy Burden-Shift Rule

A Section 1983 Primer (5): Statutes of Limitations

A Section 1983 Primer (6): Claim and Issue Preclusion

A Section 1983 Primer (7): Introduction to Absolute Individual Immunity

A Section 1983 Primer (8): Absolute Legislative Immunity

A Section 1983 Primer (9): Absolute Judicial Immunity

Read the rest of this entry »

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April 10, 2013 at 2:30 pm

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Blog on Break

The blog is on break grading exams and papers, doing some writing and enjoying Chicago’s theater, music and culture scene until the middle of January, when the spring semester begins at Chicago-Kent College of Law (on January 17, 2012).

Next year I will  continue to blog on section 1983 and constitutional law.

I also expect to have a post or two on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act case currently pending in the Supreme Court.

And since I will be teaching a First Amendment course and a Constitutional Law and Religion seminar in spring 2012, I will likely blog on these subjects as well.

Happy holidays to you and best wishes for a healthy new year.

Sheldon Nahmod

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December 23, 2011 at 12:41 pm

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All My Posts Through 11-11-11

Since began in August 2009, I have published almost 70 posts, including videos and podcasts, on what I consider to be topics of interest and importance going beyond what might be considered “hot” at any particular time.

It is now time to create an updated and inclusive current list of all of my linked posts by category for ease of reference and use.  (I did it once before well over a year ago).

This update will, I hope, be useful not only to my regular readers but also, and especially, to those who have only recently discovered this blog, whether through or otherwise.

(Note that it is always possible to use the “search function” to look for particular cases or topics among every one of my posts, including those subsequent to this one).

What follows is a list comprising all of my posts divided into the following categories:


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November 11, 2011 at 12:48 pm

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Blog on Vacation until Late August: Coming Attractions

The blog and I are on vacation until late August.

When we return, I will post on recent circuit court affirmative duty and malicious prosecution cases arising under section 1983.

August 22 is also the beginning of the academic year at Chicago-Kent, so I will resume posting on constitutional law issues as well.

Enjoy the rest of summer.

Sheldon Nahmod

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August 1, 2011 at 8:50 am

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Blog on Vacation; 2010 Plans


My blog and I are busy grading exams, finishing an article and then vacationing afterward.  We will return during the week of January 18, 2010, the first week of the spring semester.

In 2010

I will continue my series of posts on all aspects of § 1983, from the basics to the complexities.

I will also continue to address interesting and important constitutional law issues as they arise in the courts and in the classroom. I will likely focus on speech, press and religion issues in the first half of 2010, since I will be teaching the First Amendment course next semester.


These first four months of this blog have been rewarding to me and I hope to some of you as well. I look forward to resuming it next month.

In the meantime, I wish you a happy and healthy new year.

Sheldon Nahmod

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December 23, 2009 at 3:36 pm

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