The First Amendment

12:15-1:15 p.m.
Say What? Protected Speech for the Public Employee
Marches, protests, Facebook, Twitter, kneeling, hand gestures: freedom of speech is a hot topic these days. Explore the free speech rights and limitations of public employees, focusing on the First Amendment and real-life situations. (EO) (HR) (SC)

1:15-1:45 p.m.
Speak and Shout: Handling Protests on City Property
Explore how cities can appropriately handle demonstrations on city property, from the city park to council chambers and everywhere in between. Receive recommendations on what cities should do and what pitfalls may arise. (EO) (SC)

1:45-2 p.m.

2-2:30 p.m.
Open Mic Night: Citizen Comments at Council Meetings
City councils want to hear from citizens, but council meetings are not open mic nights. Discover methods cities can utilize to still obtain citizen input while also running effective meetings. (EO) (SC)

2:30-3:30 p.m.
Navigating the Intersection of First Amendment and Signage
Discuss First Amendment and signage issues. Review the rationale of the U.S. Supreme Court in the 2015 Reed decision, where the court struck down a city sign ordinance. Receive helpful practice pointers on sign code drafting and enforcement. (EO) (SC)

—Fee: $20 (Includes lunch and materials)


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The 2018 agenda includes morning and afternoon tracks.

Morning Sessions (8:30-11:30 a.m.)

Afternoon Sessions (12:15-3:30 p.m.)