There are many forms of civil immunity. Some, like sovereign immunity, are identifiable by their name. Others, like the doctrine of contributry negligence, are less obvious forms of immunity but can operate in similar ways. This seminar is going to focus pricipally on immunities that directly apply to public entities and public officials. These include: sovereign immunity in federal and state courts; qualified immunity from federal claims; and state agent and discretionary function immunity from state law claims.