NEFAC Executive Director to Present First Amendment 101 to 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 today as part of its Friday Fundamentals program.

Silverman will provide a lecture on First Amendment law, giving an overview of how it works and its scope of protection. The program will also discuss recent events involving the First Amendment with a focus on several specific legal issues such as the recent riots at the Capitol and where the line is between protected speech and incitement.

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 bi-weekly 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, currently teaches First Amendment Law at the University of Maine School of Law.

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.

Major Supporters of NEFAC include Hearst Connecticut Media Group, Paul and Ann Sagan, The Boston Globe, WBUR, Boston University and the Robertson Foundation.