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JD, University of California, Hastings College of Law

BA, University of California, Los Angeles

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Leighton bought a one-way ticket from LA to New York City when she was 22. She lasted for two years.

Police Officer v. City (2019) – Hearing officer upheld the termination of a former police officer who prepared multiple false police reports. The police officer’s performance during a single incident led LCW to recommend an audit of other cases.  That audit, in turn, revealed additional cases and a pattern of fabricating subject confessions. 

Employee v. Authority (2019) – Represented Authority as first-chair in hearing before Personnel Hearing Board, which upheld the termination of an employee who received a DUI while on call and lost his driving privileges.

Police Officer v. City (2015) – Represented city as first-chair in hearing before Personnel Hearing Board, which upheld the suspension of a police officer for failure to comply with Departmental orders.

Code Enforcement Officer v. City (2015) – Represented city as first-chair in hearing before arbitrator, who upheld termination of code enforcement officer for dishonesty and failure to perform job duties.

Edinger v. City of Westminster (2016)– Federal district court granted the motion to dismiss with prejudice, resulting in two individual defendants being dismissed from the lawsuit.

County of Los Angeles v. Mendez (2017) – Prepared amicus brief to the United States Supreme Court behalf of the Los Angeles County Police Chiefs’ Association. The Court decided to eliminate the “provocation doctrine,” which provided that an officer’s otherwise reasonable use of force could still be a basis for civil liability in some circumstances. As discussed in the amicus brief, that legal doctrine was difficult for police agencies to administer in training officers on the appropriate use of force. With the elimination of the provocation doctrine, the exclusive test for determining if an officer’s use of force complies with the Fourth Amendment is whether the force is objectively reasonable under the totality of the circumstances.

Employee Suspension and Termination (2019) – Prevailed in the consolidated appeal of an employee who was suspended for insubordination and later terminated for threats of physical violence.

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