I.U.P.A. also provides additional legal services to local unions in the Full Service Program.

I.U.P.A. Legal Defense Fund (LDF)

  • The I.U.P.A. LDF protects you while you protect the public… No cap on benefits, No co-payments and No deductible.
  • As an I.U.P.A. member, LDF is made available and covers for acts of omission within the scope of employment.
  • Coverage includes criminal civil, costs covered in civil and criminal presentation, full representation by an experienced criminal.
  • Attorney from outset of the investigation through the conclusion of trial if necessary.

To find out more about what LDF can do for you, please contact us at iupa@iupa.org

Meet Our Legal Team

Holly E. Oliva-Van Horsten

GENERAL COUNSEL

Gary E. Lippman

ASSOCIATE GENERAL COUNSEL

Ryan W. Burton

ASSOCIATE GENERAL COUNSEL
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GARRITY RIGHTS

GARRITY RIGHTS

The basic premise of the Garrity protection is straightforward: First, an Officer cannot be compelled, by the threat of serious discipline, to make statements that may be used in a subsequent criminal proceeding; Second, an Officer cannot be terminated for refusing to waive his Fifth Amendment right to remain silent. The practical application of Garrity, however, has been complicated and uncertain.

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PERSONAL USE OF CELL PHONES

PERSONAL USE OF CELL PHONES

Be careful in your use of your personal cell phone while on duty. When it comes to use of your personal cell phone, “personal” may not mean “private.” Be cautious with your communications while on-duty. This applies to texts and emails as well.  In today’s climate, innocent messages can be spun to work against you. Your best option may be to keep your private cell phone communications to a minimum while on duty.

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SUPREME COURT CHANGES LAW ON VEHICLE SEARCHES

SUPREME COURT CHANGES LAW ON VEHICLE SEARCHES

Recently the Supreme Court threw out decades of case law involving searches incident to a vehicle stop and arrest.  In Gant v. Arizona, the officers had stopped and arrested a suspect for driving with a suspended license. As a result of the arrest, they searched the car and found drugs.  This common occurrence caused the Supreme Court to revisit the law surrounding vehicle searches, and to formulate a new rule regarding these searches.

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MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS REQUIREMENTS IN DOCTOR'S NOTES

MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS REQUIREMENTS IN DOCTOR'S NOTES

Often employers require doctor’s notes if employees are required to use sick leave for extended periods of time. However, a recent trend has arisen where employers are requiring employees to disclose their specific illness or a “medical diagnosis” along with a doctor’s note before they are allowed to return to work. This requirement, however, may run afoul with the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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