JSH Governmental Liability & Employment Law attorneys Michele Molinario and Joseph Leverence presented a 1-hour webinar, “Social Media and the First Amendment: A Practical Guide for Elected Officials,” on May 20. Speaking with over 120 elected county officials, Michele and Joey focused their educational webinar on whether elected officials can censor public comments on their social media site. Using practical scenarios and recent court decisions, Michele and Joey explained how the courts determine when a “personal” social media website of public official transforms into a public forum, including ownership, intent of the official, public official’s job title, and public access to the site.

Michele Molinario has dedicated her professional career in the areas of government liability and employment law. She represents private employers and public entities and their employees, including police officers, detention officers, emergency responders, public works directors, building inspectors and traffic engineers, etc. Michele has tried state and federal jury trials and bench trials, as well as administrative law hearings.

Joseph Leverence represents municipalities, counties, water districts, educational institutions, and other governmental entities throughout Arizona. Joey works with clients to develop policies and procedures that reduce the risk of litigation, including conducting policy reviews, internal investigations, risk management, and executive and staff training.