Register Now for New Round of FOI Lessons
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | email@example.com
The New England First Amendment Coalition is continuing its freedom of information lessons with new classes on state courts.
The classes will feature local attorneys, journalists and other experts who will explain how state courts in New England operate and how you can access proceedings and judicial documents.
This latest round of classes will be provided by NEFAC with support from the Society of Professional Journalists Foundation, SPJ New England, the Rhode Island Foundation and the New England Society of News Editors.
Each class will be moderated by Emily Sweeney, a journalist at The Boston Globe and author of the books “Boston Organized Crime” and “Gangland Boston.” Sweeney currently writes the Blotter Tales column which appears in the Globe every Sunday. In addition to serving on the NEFAC Board of Directors, she’s also president of the New England Society of News Editors.
RHODE ISLAND | April 26 | 6 p.m. ET
VERMONT | May 1 | 5 p.m. ET
Hillary Rich and Harry Stark are staff attorneys at the Vermont ACLU affiliate, where they litigate a range of civil rights and civil liberties matters in state and federal court, including cases addressing free speech, anti-discrimination, border surveillance, and government transparency. Stark previously worked at the D.C. Office of the Solicitor General. Rich came to the ACLU from Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, where she represented asylum seekers and detained families.
MAINE | May 3 | 5 p.m. ET
Alexis Garmey Chardon and Kristine Hanly are attorneys at Garmey Law in Portland. Chardon represents injured plaintiffs in personal injury, civil rights, medical malpractice, employment, and products liability cases. As a criminal defense attorney, Hanly has had successes in suppression hearings, secured acquittals in bench and jury trials, and argued to Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court and the First Circuit Court of Appeals.
MASSACHUSETTS | May 8 | 5 p.m. ET
NEW HAMPSHIRE | May 12 | 5 p.m. ET
CONNECTICUT | May 22 | 5 p.m. ET
William S. Fish, Jr. is a partner at Hinckley Allen. His practice spans across a range of legal disciplines including commercial litigation and the First Amendment. He has tried complex matters in state and federal court and has represented the media for 40 years.
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 the Rhode Island Foundation, 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, Linda Pizzuti Henry, Champa Charitable Foundation, Connecticut Public and GBH-Boston.