• Cornejo v. Bell: Addressing the Bounds of Immunity for City Lawyers and Caseworkers
  • March 26, 2010
  • Law Firm: Hiscock & Barclay, LLP - Syracuse Office
  • Although government officials are typically only entitled to qualified immunity from civil liability for acts committed during their official duties, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently granted absolute immunity to lawyers employed by the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (“ACS”). In Cornejo v. Bell, 592 F.3d 121 (2d Cir. 2010), the Second Circuit was faced with the issue of whether ACS attorneys and caseworkers were entitled to immunity from liability for alleged violations of Federal and New York State law for their actions in seeking the removal of a child from his parents’ home. ACS caseworkers were entitled to only qualified immunity for their role.