The topic of this presentation is supervisory liability in Section 1983 cases. Assume for present purposes that a plaintiff's constitutional rights have been violated - that some state official has acted in violation of the Constitution. The question to be addressed here is whether that state official's supervisors can be held liable for damages stemming from the constitutional violation.
Kit Kinports, Supervisory Liability in Section 1983 Cases, 15 Touro L. Rev. 1657 (1999).