Social Media Pitfalls for Municipalities: Addressing First Amendment, Document Retention, Employment Issues and More

Drafting Policies for Local Government Officials and Employees on Using Twitter, Facebook and Blogs

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A

Conducted on Thursday, January 23, 2014

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will provide municipal counsel with guidance on developing a comprehensive social media policy. The panel will discuss legal issues particular to municipalities when creating and enforcing social media policies, review legal developments, explore future trends, and highlight potential pitfalls.


With the increased use of social media by local governments and their employees, developing and adopting social media policies is critical for municipal counsel. These policies should apply to all government employees and contractors, as well as elected and appointed officials.

Social networks, websites and email offer local governments alternate methods for disseminating news and information and more effectively reach local residents and businesses. However, communicating through social media creates significant legal pitfalls.

Legal issues that arise due to municipal governments, officials and employees using social media include First Amendment concerns, document retention questions, potential for campaign improprieties, employment law risks, and exposure of government systems to viruses and spyware.

Listen as our authoritative panel of legal specialists examines the issues related to local government's use of social networking. The panel will discuss developing and implementing social media policies, potential pitfalls, and best practices for municipalities to avoid legal risks.



  1. Legal issues involving social media policies
  2. Considerations in developing a social media policy
  3. Legal developments
  4. Potential pitfalls
  5. Best practices


The panel will review these and other key questions:

  • What are the legal challenges facing local governments when developing and implementing social media policies?
  • What pitfalls should practitioners advising local government consider when drafting and enforcing social media policies?
  • What are the recent legal developments and evolving trends concerning social media policies for municipalities?

Following the speaker presentations, you'll have an opportunity to get answers to your specific questions during the interactive Q&A.


Alan J. Bojorquez
Alan J. Bojorquez

Bojorquez Law Firm

Mr. Bojorquez represents home-rule and general law municipalities and is a former staff attorney for the Texas...  |  Read More

Brian J. Lamoureux
Brian J. Lamoureux

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West

Mr. Lamoureux’s extensive practice areas include complex commercial litigation, employment law and social...  |  Read More

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