JSH Governmental Liability & Employment Law partner Michele Molinario 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 focused the educational webinar on whether elected officials can censor public comments on their social media site.

Using practical scenarios and recent court decisions, Michele 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.