Austin Anderson is a senior associate with Anderson & Kreiger, LLP in Boston, Massachusetts.
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This webinar will provide an overview of the free speech rights of public employees under the First Amendment. Public employees have limited protection against adverse employment actions based on their speech. Even when speaking as private citizens on matters of public concern, a public employee’s speech rights are balanced against their public employer’s legitimate interests in functioning efficiently. This webinar will explore how courts determine when public employees are speaking as private citizens, and the factors courts take into account to balance the employee’s speech interests against the government’s interest. It will also discuss what both public employers and public employees should consider when making decisions about when and where to speak, or to regulate speech.
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Date: December 19, 2022
Austin Anderson | Anderson & Kreiger, LLP
Austin Anderson is a senior associate with Anderson & Kreiger, LLP in Boston, Massachusetts. His practice focuses on complex civil litigation for public-sector and institutional clients; white collar defense and internal investigations; and municipal law. He has also worked on pro bono matters for clients including the ACLU, NAACP, and Greater Boston Legal Services. Austin is a 2016 graduate of Harvard Law School, and clerked for the Honorable Jon D. Levy of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine.
I. Rationale for limiting public employee speech | 2:00pm – 2:10pm
II. Two-part test from Garcetti v. Ceballos, 547 U.S. 410 (2006) | 2:10pm – 2:30pm
III. Hussey v. Cambridge and other examples from caselaw – when are where do courts draw the line? | 2:30pm – 2:45pm
IV. How can public employers and public employees navigate the law in this area in a time of increased public scrutiny and heightened political tension? | 2:45pm – 3:00pm