NEFAC to Provide Clinic on First Amendment at Boston Public Library’s Parker Hill Branch

CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 |

The New England First Amendment Coalition will present a clinic on First Amendment rights Sept. 27 at the Boston Public Library’s Parker Hill Branch, 1497 Tremont Street, Roxbury Crossing, Mass.

The discussion, titled “Know Your First Amendment Rights,” will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and will feature several prominent media and legal experts. The program is free and open to the public.

Speakers include:

Ruth Bourquin | Bourquin is a senior attorney at the ACLU of Massachusetts. Since joining the ACLUM in October 2017, she has specialized in free speech and assembly cases, including a case involving security fees charged to demonstrators in public parks.


Gregory V. Sullivan | A member of NEFAC’s Board of Directors, Sullivan serves as general counsel for the Union Leader Corporation. He teaches First Amendment Media Law at Suffolk University Law School in Boston and at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications in Manchester, N.H.


Sheldon Toplitt | An Ashland-based attorney and real estate agent, Toplitt previously taught media and social media law, business law and journalism courses at several Boston-area universities. He also worked as an award-winning newspaper reporter and magazine editor.


The event is part of NEFAC’s Featured Speaker Program, launched in January to help increase First Amendment education in high schools, college classrooms and community centers. NEFAC recently presented to students at the University of New Hampshire; high school students in Bridgeport, Conn., and at the annual New England Scholastic Press Association conference at Boston University, among other New England locations and audiences.

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 the Barr Foundation, The Providence Journal Charitable Legacy Fund, The Robertson Foundation, The Boston Globe, WBUR and Boston University.