James McFall to Speak on American Bar Association Panel Discussing First Amendment Issues in the Public Sector

December 28, 2020 | Attorney News



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In the age of social media, public sector employees must differentiate between speaking as a private citizen or government employee. During a non-CLE program presented by the American Bar Association Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division, Jackson Walker partner James Carlos McFall will discuss First Amendment issues for these employees and present ripped-from-the-headlines examples.

In addition to James, panelists will include:

  • Paula Frederick (Georgia State Bar) as moderator
  • Ted Hirt (George Washington University Law School; previously, Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice)
  • Laura Lee Prather (Haynes and Boone)

The program is co-sponsored by the Forum on Communications Law and the Civil Rights and Social Justice’s First Amendment Committee.

James McFallMeet James

James Carlos McFall focuses his practice on media, sports, entertainment, and complex commercial litigation, including cases of alleged fraud, tortious interference, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and theft of trade secrets. He has represented clients in federal and state courts Texas and California. James has been named a “Rising Star” in Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers from 2017-2018 and in 2020.

Since 2015, James has co-chaired the ABA’s First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition, an annual competition which is designed to introduce minority law students to the practice of media law and to prominent members of the media bar. In addition to co-chairing the Moot Court Competition, James serves as an At-Large member of the Governing Committee of the ABA Forum on Communications Law.