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The Right to Know Law 2020

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STARTWed., Aug. 26, 2020
1:00 PM
ENDWed., Aug. 26, 2020
4:15 PM
CLE 3 sub/0 eth PRICE Regular: $279.00
New Attorney: $140.00
Subscribers Pay: $0.00


Don't miss this opportunity to join our panel of experts and learn the nuances about Pennsylvania's Right-to-Know Law! As part of this course, you will receive a downloadable edition of the comprehensive, new release from PBI Press, The Right-to-Know Law: A Practice Guide.

Requesters, Responses, and Records, oh my!

  • What is and what is not a record – what you can (and cannot) get & from whom
  • Specificity Issues - tips for writing a successful request
  • Responding to a Request 
  • What is an agency
  • Agency fees
  • Government contractors—how to obtain records from 3rd party contractors
  • Word searches in requests
  • Records of judicial agencies
  • Social media
  • What does it mean to be closed and open – include COVID disaster language
  • Methods of getting records outside of RTK law

Sorry, Charlie - Exemptions from Public Access

  • Review of the most common grounds for denying access to records
  • Recent case law update
  • Right to Privacy Issues
  • Attorney Client Privilege
  • Common Statutory Exemptions

Appeals Process before the OOR and the Courts

  • Filing the appeal - Tips for success
  • Third party participation /intervention – due process issues
  • Crafting a winning Affidavit of Support
  • In-camera review
  • Bad Faith and Attorney’s Fees
  • Post appeal issues – You won the appeal, so now what?

Tuition includes a copy of PBI Press book #10183 The Right to Know Law: A Practice Guide. Attendees will receive a hard copy of the PBI Press book at the course and a digital copy via download. The PBI Press book is available for separate purchase on PBI’s website or by calling PBI’s Customer Service at 800-932-4637.

Practice Areas


Joshua D. Bonn Esq. Nauman Smith Shissler & Hall LLP
Nathanael J. Byerly Esq. Pennsylvania Office of Open Records
Scott E. Coburn Esq. PA State Association of Township Supervisors
Thomas P. Howell Esq.
Melissa Bevan Melewsky Esq. PA NewsMedia Association
J. Chadwick Schnee Esq. County of Berks
Craig J. Staudenmaier Esq. Nauman Smith Shissler & Hall LLP
Hon. Michael H. Wojcik Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania
Faculty may vary by location.
PBI reserves the right to substitute speakers at all programs.