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2023 North American Use of Force Symposium: Lessons Learned

Reflection | Reinvention | Resilience

Use of force in law enforcement is a topic that has become a politicized and polarizing issue over the last several years. As our communities are demanding more accountability and transparency from law enforcement, our departments must ensure their officers are trained appropriately. Law enforcement should embrace change while balancing the safety of their officers.

This three-day summit will engage those involved in high-profile cases from across the United States. Speakers will provide an intimate look at lessons learned, examining and reinventing policies that are both transparent to the community while delivering a clear and consistent message to law enforcement, and how they can be resilient with the politicization of law enforcement in the media.

Sessions at a Glance:

City and Government Preparation for Critical Incidents

The First 48: Media Relations After a Critical Incident

Neurobiology of Attunement

Cross-Cultural Communication and Critical Incidents

Situational Awareness

Fundamental Elements of Human Performance in High Stress Conditions

Critical Analysis of Force: Agency Perspective

1983 Litigation, Defending a Section 1983 Suit

Officer Mental Health Post Critical Incident

Who Should Attend?

Active Sworn Law Enforcement Officers, Prosecutors, and Criminal Justice Professionals In Law Enforcement Offices

Session Type:

In-person conference.



Hotel Information:

Sonder The Monarch - Single King/Queen $135/night with group booking.

Scottsdale Marriott Old Town - Single King/Queen $269/night with group booking.

Cancellation Policy:

  • Full refund available, 60+ days prior to the event.
  • 50% refund available 59-30 days prior to the event.
  • No refunds will be made 29 days prior to the event.

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Date & Time

Tuesday, May 9, 2023 - Thursday, May 11, 2023
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Civic Center Library Auditorium
3839 N Drinkwater Blvd
Scottsdale, AZ 85251


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Imran Ali

Attorney, Senior Director of Training, Consulting and Investigation Services
Imran is a distinguished trial lawyer and shareholder at Eckberg Lammers, bringing two decades of legal expertise to his role as the Executive Director of Training, Consulting, and Investigation Services (LETAC). Imran's commitment extends beyond the courtroom, where he has successfully handled intricate cases, including homicide, sexual assault, and human trafficking. With a passion for victim advocacy, Imran has become a prominent figure in the criminal justice profession, training judges, law students, and thousands of law enforcement professionals nationwide. Recognized for his outstanding contributions, he was named Minnesota Attorney of the Year in 2016 and 2020, solidifying his reputation as a legal luminary dedicated to upholding justice with honor and integrity.

Andrew LeFevour

Attorney, Director of Government Training and Consulting
Andy LeFevour serves as a Senior Attorney for Eckberg Lammers. He is dedicated to public service and engaging law enforcement to better communities through legal consultation, education, and facilitation of ensured legal standards.

Eric Nelson

Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney
Since his admission to the Bar, Eric has practiced exclusively in the area of criminal defense establishing a solid reputation as a highly skilled attorney. Eric's experience includes successfully representing clients charged with all levels of crimes through negotiation, jury trial and at the Court of Appeals. Eric’s experience includes homicide, sex offenses, drug offenses, assaults and hundreds of DWI and alcohol-related traffic offenses. Eric has also represented individuals faced with civil commitment as a sexually psychopathic personality/sexually dangerous person. Eric has represented clients throughout the state of Minnesota. Eric focuses the majority of his practice in Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey and Scott counties. In 2007, Eric was admitted to practice law in Wisconsin. He has represented clients in Dunn, St. Croix, Barron, and Washburn counties. Eric is a frequent lecturer on various criminal topics including driving under the influence of a controlled substance and the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Eric routinely speaks throughout Minnesota and serves as a judge in moot court and mock trial competitions. Additionally, Eric has also been a contributing author to the Minnesota DWI Deskbook, the most comprehensive DWI sourcebook for attorneys in Minnesota.

Ahmed Kosoko

Ahmed A. Kosoko focuses his practice on municipal liability, insurance defense, appellate law, and governmental tort liability. Prior to joining Johnson & Bell, Mr. Kosoko was an Assistant State’s Attorney for Cook County, Illinois where he served in various divisions within the office. Mr. Kosoko has litigated hundreds of cases as a prosecutor in the child support enforcement division, traffic division, felony review unit, and the professional standards unit. His duties ranged from investigation to verdict, including but not limited to maintaining extensive discovery, litigating substantive pre-trial motions, jury selection, presentation of evidence including forensic evidence, cross-examination of expert witnesses and other defense witnesses, drafting jury instructions and delivering closing arguments. During his time as an Assistant State’s Attorney, he prosecuted 13 trials to jury verdict and earned a reputation as a very effective trial attorney. In addition to his extensive trial experience, Mr. Kosoko has significant appellate experience too, having argued several cases before the First District Illinois Appellate Court and the Illinois Supreme Court in People v. Williams, 235 Ill. 2d 178 (2009). Mr. Kosoko received his J.D. from Northern Illinois College of Law in 2004 and his bachelor’s degree from Tennessee State University in 2001. Mr. Kosoko resides in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood and is active in the community.

William J. Lewinski, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Senior Research & Instructor Force Science
Dr. Lewinski is a leading behavioral scientist whose work has focused on the intensive study of human dynamics involved in high stress, life-threatening encounters. He has a Ph.D. in Police Psychology and is a professor emeritus of Law Enforcement at Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he taught for more than 28 years, was an L.E. Program Director and also chair of the Department of Government. Dr. Lewinski’s research has impacted law enforcement officers and agencies worldwide and has revolutionized the way force investigations and training are conducted. He is a popular presenter in the law enforcement industry and has appeared before scores of groups world-wide, ranging internationally from New Scotland Yard, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the International Association of Chiefs of Police to the British House of Commons and House of Lords as well as Obama’s President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. He has presented to local, state, and national departments throughout North America and the United Kingdom including twice by invitation as a keynote speaker to international medical conferences in the U.K.

Gordon Graham

Mr. Gordon Graham is a 33-year veteran (now retired) of California law enforcement. In this capacity, he served as a street cop, supervisor, manager, and executive. Mr. Graham was awarded a B.A. in Business from San Francisco State College, a teaching credential from California State University, Long Beach, a master’s degree in Safety and Systems Management from the University of Southern California, and a juris doctorate from Western State University. He has taken his background as a cop, risk manager and attorney and is the co-founder of Lexipol, a company designed to standardize public safety practices around America. He has presented to law enforcement personnel from around the world.

Special Guest

Former Police Officer
Former police officer involved in National Critical Incident will provide insight to law enforcement on nationwide police reform issues.



This course is offered and conducted by Eckberg Lammers’ Law Enforcement Training Academy & Consulting team of experienced trainers and consultants. Information provided in these trainings does not constitute or contain legal advice, nor do they establish and attorney-client relationship.

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