The Foibles of FOIA: How to File and Respond to a Freedom of Information Act Request (D5)

Date/Time: Monday, July 16, 2018: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Speakers: Dennis Kim-Prieto, Rutgers Law School; Lisa Kershner, Maryland Office of the Attorney General; Sarah Lamdan, CUNY School of Law; Jeffrey P. Hochstetler, Maryland Office of Attorney General

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and their state equivalents are essential tools for enforcing the public’s right to know about government actions. However, as local and national politics have become more contentious, predatory FOIA requests have increased in an attempt to chill expression and intimidate individuals who hold political views contrary to the requester. This program examines the procedures and the social implications of FOIA requests from all sides: distinguishing legitimate FOIA requests from predatory ones and exploring best practices in submitting and responding to FOIA requests.

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