Ideas & Innovations Lecture: "How Private Insurers Regulate Public Police"

Wednesday, Sept. 21
Noon to 1:15 p.m.
Lubar Commons

Professor John Rappaport, University of Chicago Law School, presents "How Private Insurers Regulate Public Police." The article is forthcoming in the Harvard Law Review.

From the abstract:
A string of deadly police-citizen encounters, made public on an unprecedented scale, has thrust American policing into the crucible of political conflict. New social movements have taken to the streets, while legislators have introduced a wide array of reform proposals. Optimism is elusive, though, as the police are notoriously difficult to change. One powerful policy lever, however, has been overlooked: police liability insurance. Based on primary sources new to legal literature and interviews with nearly thirty insurance industry representatives, civil rights litigators, municipal attorneys, and consultants, this article shows how liability insurers are capable of effecting meaningful change within the agencies they insure — a majority of police agencies nationwide.

Professor Rappaport described his work in a Washington Post interview earlier this year.

Lunch will be provided on a first come, first-served basis. Registration not required. Questions can be directed to Michelle Preston.


Submitted by Law School News on September 21, 2016

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