Bios of Expert Reviewers
Laura L. Scarry
Laura L. Scarry is a partner with the law firm of DeAno & Scarry with offices located in downtown Chicago and Wheaton, Illinois. Laura has extensive experience in all aspects of the defense of municipal liability in federal and state courts. Laura has considerable practice before the federal courts in Illinois and Indiana particularly with respect to civil rights litigation.
Since becoming an attorney, the majority of Laura’s work has been in the representation of police officers, supervisors, administrators and the police agencies they work for against claims covering a wide array of law enforcement issues. She has represented the law enforcement community in the areas of excessive force, deadly force, search and seizure, malicious prosecution, failure to train, duty to protect, police pursuit, employment discrimination, in-custody deaths and racial profiling. What makes Laura’s experience unique is that she sees cases from a practical standpoint, having been a police officer for the City of Lake Forest from 1986-1992.
Laura is most proud of her work in being trusted and called on by police officers and the municipalities they work for to provide legal advice to officers within hours of their being involved in critical incidents such as officer-involved-shootings and in-custody deaths.
Recognizing that what officers write and say in the immediate aftermath of these events can effect future civil litigation, Laura has developed a legal defense fund for law enforcement officers involved in critical incidents: a nominal yearly retainer ensures she and/or other police civil rights attorneys in the DeAno & Scarry firm are available to each contributing member for that year—24/7—to provide sound legal advice and representation throughout the hours and days following the event for a fraction of the cost if the officer were to pay an hourly fee.
Laura is a columnist for Law Officer magazine writing about legal issues affecting the law enforcement community in a column called the “Legal Eagle.” Additionally, she serves as a legal consultant to the Police Law Institute, a training organization that provides computerized legal training to law enforcement officers throughout the State of Illinois.
Laura also has lectured extensively by invitation to police organizations and municipal organizations such as the Public Safety Institute, International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, North East Multi-Regional Training, Illinois Police Instructor Trainers Association, Illinois Drug Enforcement Officers Association, Law Enforcement Training Managers Association, Northwestern University Center for Public Safety, Performance Institute, American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy.
She also conducts in-service training to local police departments and other municipal entities regarding all areas of civil liability and employment discrimination. Laura is receptive to telephone calls and e-mails and welcomes all opportunities to discuss current events as they apply to the law enforcement community and other government employees.
Laura graduated summa cum laude from Carthage College, Kenosha, WI with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Criminal Justice and has a Juris Doctor degree from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law. She is admitted to practice before the Illinois Supreme Court, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Supreme Court and the Federal District Courts in the Northern, Central and Southern Districts of Illinois, as well as the Northern District Court of Indiana.
George Aylesworth is a retired Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) Major who, for more than 25 years, was in charge of the Miami-Dade Police Legal Bureau.
Mr. Aylesworth began his career with MDPD as a uniformed Police Officer in 1975, shortly after graduating from the University of Miami School of Law. He worked in that capacity until 1978, when he was assigned to the Police Legal Bureau. Promoted to command the Legal Bureau in 1980, he remained in that position until retiring.
During his tenure with the Police Legal Bureau, he had the opportunity to work on many challenging issues, including those involving imposition of special prohibitions and use of mutual aid agreements during a state of emergency, police use of force, internal discipline and affirmative action.
Also, as a result of his affiliation with international, state and local law enforcement associations, he had the opportunity to work with and assist many police chiefs, sheriffs and other law enforcement agency heads on many contemporary issues.
Additionally, he worked extensively on the state legislative programs of these associations for over fifteen years; and was involved in a number of successful legislative campaigns that substantially affected the state of the criminal justice system in Florida.
Mr. Aylesworth graduated from Purdue University in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering; and received a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami in 1975. He earned a Master of Science degree in Management from St. Thomas University in 1987.
During his career with MDPD, he attended numerous training courses, including the semester long Administrative Officers Course at the Southern Police Institute of the University of Louisville.
After retiring from MDPD in 2005, Mr. Aylesworth has remained active with the Florida Police Chiefs Association, Florida Sheriffs Association, International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Florida Association of Police Attorneys.
Brett D. Papendick
Brett D. Papendick is an associate with the law firm of Shuttleworth & Ingersoll, P.L.C. with offices located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Brett has considerable experience in litigation issues and intellectual property rights. Prior to moving to Iowa in 2005, he practiced in the states of Missouri and Arkansas. Brett is licensed to practice in Missouri, Arkansas and Iowa, as well as in front of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Brett's interest in assisting law enforcement comes from his association with family members possessing a tie to law enforcement. Additionally, Brett has had the honor to work with law enforcement on several community based activities and organizations. In this work, he has witnessed first hand the dedication and incredible work ethic of those in law enforcement.
Brett graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. He obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Columbia.