Course Description

It has never been easier for a public employee to express their personal views on a range of issues to the community and to the world—particularly through social media. With increasing regularity, employees are openly sharing their views on local and national politics, internal agency operations, the competence of their agency leaders and many other issues. This presents a difficult challenge to public agency leaders as they seek to hold employees accountable for statements that harm agency operations while still respecting their First Amendment rights. This balance is made all the more challenging due to the lack of clear and concise court guidance on these issues.

In this webinar training, Attorney Matt Dolan will discuss:

  • Public employees’ freedom of speech rights in the age of social media
  • Politics and social media
  • Conduct unbecoming standards—do they apply to social media?
  • The millennial generation—saving them from themselves through preventative training


Director, Dolan Consulting Group

| Attorney Matt Dolan

Matt Dolan is a licensed attorney in the State of Illinois, who specializes in training and advising public safety agencies in matters of labor and employment law. His practice experience focuses on employment discrimination claims brought under federal law, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 ("Title VII"), the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"), and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA"). He received his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from DePaul University and his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Matt serves as a public safety instructor with Dolan Consulting Group. He has trained and advised thousands of public safety professionals throughout the United States in matters of legal liability related to personnel management.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Before You Start

    • Consent Questions

  • 2


    • Social Media and Officer Discipline | Hour 1

    • Social Media and Officer Discipline | Hour 2