A Complimentary CLE Accredited* Webinar
Date: June 5, 2013
Time: 2:00 pm Eastern Time
Duration: 95 minutes
“A free society is maintained when government is responsive and responsible to the public, and when the public is aware of governmental actions. The more open a government is with its citizenry, the greater the understanding and participation of the public in government.” Thus begins the statement of purpose of the New York Committee on Open Government.
Does the public have an unfettered right to access to the inner workings of government agencies? If not, where are the lines drawn, to ensure that government runs efficiently but with transparency? When the content of the communication is the business of government, many argue that the technology with which it is transmitted is irrelevant, and that all such communications fall within the scope of “sunshine” laws. Others counter that excessive requests by the public become burdensome.
These questions are at the heart of litigation working its way through the courts. On March 25, the United States Supreme Court ended a nine-year legal battle, rejecting a claim by 15 local officials that the 46-year old Texas Open Meetings Act violated First Amendment Rights. The debate, however, is sure to continue.
As technology and social media increasingly complicate the question of accessibility versus the burden on cash-strapped local governments, join us on June 5, 2013 at 2 p.m. and benefit from the insights of our panel of experts during the complimentary CLE Webinar, Open Government.
Speakers will discuss:
• The presumption of openness
• The burden on government to prove that information should be withheld
• The impact of technology – texts, emails, and cloud computing – on the handling and disclosure of information
• Public business being discussed on private email accounts
• An overview of significant state laws, such as the Texas Public Information Act
• How governments are addressing high volume requests
• The impact of outsourcing government functions to private entities
Amanda Crawford, Esq.
Chief of the Open Records Division
Office of the Attorney General of Texas
Camille S. Jobin-Davis, Esq.
NYS Committee on Open Government
Department of State
Colleen M. Murphy
Executive Director and General Counsel
State of Connecticut
Freedom of Information Commission
*CLE is approved or in the process of approval for the mandatory CLE states listed below for 1.5 hours of CLE credit. Of these, 1.5 qualify as hours of general, participatory, or skills credit, 0 qualify for hours of law office management, and 0 qualify for hours of ethics/professionalism.
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico†, New York†, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
†Only experienced NY attorneys may take Webinar training for CLE. New York and New Mexico regulation requires that all CLE sessions must be conducted by an attorney in good standing or a JD. The presenter for this event meets this New York and New Mexico regulation. Contact the LexisNexis CLE group directly at CLE.firstname.lastname@example.org with questions about eligibility requirements and for further details on CLE paperwork.