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First Amendment Considerations for Local Government: Protests, Petitions, Social Media, & Signs

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
11 AM - 12 PM
Cost: $35
Credits: CLE, 1.0 CML for city elected officials - see below


Registration closes Tuesday, September 28 at 12 PM. This webinar will be recorded, and all preregistered attendees will receive a link to view the recording.

Webinar Overview

First Amendment issues arise for local governments in a variety of ways, affecting numerous municipal departments, including legal, human resources, executive, planning, parks, and more. Because of this, it’s imperative for local government staff and officials to have a solid understanding of the legal landscape. This webinar will provide up-to-date guidance on how local governments should handle  situations currently in the news that involve First Amendment rights, such as protests.

Educational Objectives

The First Amendment has applicability to various municipal issues, and there are real ramifications for local government agencies whose policies or practices deprive an individual of their constitutional right to free speech and assembly. How can a local government develop practical policies and procedures while still ensuring citizens’ First Amendment rights? This webinar will focus on a local government’s role in four current First Amendment issues to explore this delicate balance:

  1. protests in the streets, parks, and other public property
  2. petition signature gathering;
  3. elected official and employee postings on their personal social media; and
  4. signs in the right-of-way and on other public property.

Who Should Attend?

Local government attorneys/legal staff, private attorneys with local government clients, elected officials, and those appointed to serve on local government boards and commissions.


  • Callie Castillo, Attorney, Lane Powell. Before joining Lane Powell, Callie was a Deputy Solicitor General at the Washington State Attorney General’s Office. Today, Callie represents both individuals and entities in matters related to civil and regulatory liability, taxation, wage and hour class actions, and public administration and authority. Callie has argued numerous cases on issues relating to the Uniform Commercial Code, campaign finance, legislative power, evidentiary burdens, property tax, municipal authority, and election law.
  • Flannary Collins, Managing Attorney, MRSC.  Flannary first joined MRSC as a legal consultant in August 2013 after serving as assistant city attorney for the city of Shoreline where she advised all city departments on a wide range of issues. At MRSC, Flannary enjoys providing legal guidance to municipalities on all municipal issues, including the OPMA, PRA, and personnel. She also serves on the WSAMA Board of Directors as Secretary-Treasurer.
  • Steve Gross, Legal Consultant, MRSC. Steve joined MRSC as a legal consultant in January 2020, having worked in municipal law and government for over 20 years as an assistant city attorney for Lynnwood, Seattle, Tacoma, and Auburn, and as the city attorney for Port Townsend and Auburn. He also has been a legal policy advisor for the Pierce County Council and has worked in contract administration.


Refund policy: Refunds of the webinar fee will be provided minus a $5.00 administrative fee if registration is canceled by 12 PM on Tuesday, September 22. If you are registered for the webinar and unable to attend, you will still be able to view the recorded webinar afterwards. However, if you cancel your registration, you will not receive a link to the recording.