Social Media Use by Municipalities: Developing and Enforcing Policies for Public Employees and Officials

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

Conducted on Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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This CLE webinar will examine unique legal issues for municipalities when developing and enforcing social media policies. The panel will review the latest legal developments, explore future trends, and highlight potential pitfalls.


With the ubiquitous use of social media by local governments and their employees, developing and enforcing 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.

Legal issues that arise for municipal governments, officials and employees using social media include First Amendment concerns, document retention questions, potential for campaign improprieties, and employment law risks.

Listen as our authoritative panel examines the issues related to local government’s use of social media. The panel will discuss considerations and best practices when developing and enforcing social media policies.



  1. Legal considerations for municipalities drafting social media policies
  2. Best practices for developing and enforcing social media policies


The panel will review these and other key issues:

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


Brown, Eric
Eric M. Brown

Siana Bellwoar & McAndrew

Mr. Brown practices in the areas of municipal law, labor and employment law, civil rights, public official and police...  |  Read More

Lamoureux, Brian
Brian J. Lamoureux

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O'Gara

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

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