NEFAC’s Introductory Classes on Public Records Continue with FOI Lessons from Local Experts
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | firstname.lastname@example.org
The New England First Amendment Coalition is continuing its introductory series on public record laws with new classes on the appeal process for individual states and the federal Freedom of Information Act.
The classes will feature a local attorney or open government expert who will explain how to appeal a public records request denial and provide tips on how to obtain records when an agency claims they are exempt from disclosure.
Registration is free and open to all members of the public.
Public Record Appeals: Learn How to Fight Back When Your Records Request is Denied
The latest in a series of introductory lessons — taught by leading open government experts, attorneys and journalists — on the federal Freedom of Information Act and state public record laws.
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.
MAINE | Jan. 26 | 6 p.m.
Sigmund Schutz is a partner at Preti Flaherty in Portland. He has been newsroom counsel to Maine’s largest news organization for more than 20 years. Schutz frequently defends broadcast and print media.
VERMONT | Feb. 2 | 6 p.m.
CONNECTICUT | Feb. 9 | 6 p.m.
RHODE ISLAND | Feb. 16 | 6 p.m.
MASSACHUSETTS | March 2 | 6 p.m.
Jon Albano is a partner at Morgan Lewis. His practice is focused on commercial, media, and appellate litigation, as well as representing newspapers, entertainment and news broadcasters, and publishers.
FEDERAL FOIA | March 9 | 6 p.m.
Recommended Viewing: (1) Introduction to the Federal Freedom of Information Act (2) 3 Requests 3 Stories
NEW HAMPSHIRE | March 16 | 6 p.m.
Gregory V. 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 Loeb School in Manchester.
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 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 and Linda Pizzuti Henry.