Vermont Public Records: Video Tutorials

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An Introduction to Public Records
Taught by NEFAC’s Lia Ernst, the legal director of the ACLU of Vermont. Ernst litigates civil liberties, civil rights and open government cases. She also advocates before state and municipal governmental bodies.

3 Requests 3 Stories
Liam Elder-Connors of Vermont Public Radio explains how to make three specific requests using the state’s public records law and what stories can be reported with the information received.

Public Record Appeals
This class focuses on the appeals process for denied records requests and strategies on how to get public information. Discussing the Vermont Public Records Act is attorney Lia Ernst, a member of NEFAC’s Board of Directors and legal director for the ACLU-VT.

How Newsrooms Fight Public Record Denials
Alan J. Keays at VTDigger shares a step-by-step account of how his newsroom used the state’s appeals process to push back against public record denials.

Accessing Police Misconduct Records
Liam Elder-Connors at Vermont Public and Harrison Stark at the ACLU-VT discuss how police misconduct records can be obtained under state law and what types of stories can be reported once you have them.