What Justice Professionals Need to Know about First Amendment Speech and the Public Sector

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The Supreme Court has ruled that, while public employees maintain their First Amendment communication rights, those rights must be balanced against impact and harm to the organization the employee works for. In this presentation we will address:

  • Supreme Court case law development of free speech case law for public employees
  • What is a protected communication
  • The role and impact of social media communications
  • Regulation of off-duty conduct
  • The role of policies and procedures
  • Sustainable rules and policies
  • Employer liability risks under the First Amendment and risk mitigation 



The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) is one of the largest associations of law enforcement professionals in the United States, representing more than 3,000 elected sheriffs across the nation, and a total membership of more than 20,000. NSA is a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among sheriffs, their deputies, and others in the field of criminal justice and public safety. Throughout its seventy-seven year history, NSA has served as an information clearinghouse for sheriffs, deputies, chiefs of police, other law enforcement professionals, state governments and the federal government.



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