NEFAC Executive Director to Lead First Amendment Class for Boston Bar Association

CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 |


Justin Silverman, executive director of the New England First Amendment Coalition, will present to the Boston Bar Association at 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 25 as part of its Friday Fundamentals program.

This program is an introductory lesson on First Amendment law as it pertains to freedom of speech. It will provide an overview of common exceptions to First Amendment free speech protection, including incitement, libel, obscenity and true threats.

Registration information can be found here.

As executive director, Silverman helps lead NEFAC’s First Amendment and open government advocacy throughout the six-state region. Silverman, a former journalist and newspaper publisher, graduated from Suffolk University Law School in 2011. As a student, he clerked full-time for the Boston firm Prince Lobel Tye and interned at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Silverman, a Massachusetts-based attorney, is an adjunct professor at the University of Maine School of Law and New England Law | Boston.

NEFAC regularly brings First Amendment experts, media attorneys and journalists into communities to teach valuable lessons on civics and media literacy. To schedule a speaker or coordinate an event, please email

NEFAC was formed in 2006 to advance and protect the Five Freedoms of the First Amendment, including the principle of the public’s right to know. We’re a broad-based organization of people who believe in the power of an informed democratic society. Our members include lawyers, journalists, historians, academics and private citizens.

Our coalition is funded through contributions made by those who value the First Amendment and who strive to keep government accountable. Please make a donation here.

Leadership Circle donors include Hearst Connecticut Media Group, The Boston Globe, Paul and Ann Sagan, and the Robertson Foundation. Major Supporters include Boston University, WBUR-Boston, the Academy of New England Journalists, the Society of Professional Journalists Foundation, Genie Gannett for the First Amendment Museum, Linda Pizzuti Henry and Connecticut Public.