While citizen participation in the governmental process is a pillar of our democracy, the expression of diverse opinions in a public forum can present many challenges for municipal officials. This workshop will address the requirements and limitations of Indiana’s Open Door Law as well as relevant case law. Our discussion will focus mainly on the critical balance between conducting fair, efficient and productive public meetings and protecting the First Amendment Rights of your citizens. Participants will learn practical strategies for promoting citizen input, while maintaining appropriate and constructive decorum at public meetings.
Speakers: Darnell Adams, Firebrand; Pam Schneeman, Attorney, Stephenson Morow and Semler