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The Right to Know Law 2022

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Don't miss this opportunity to join our panel of experts and learn the nuances about Pennsylvania's Right-to-Know Law!

Exploring What Is a Record and How to Access Records Under the RTKL

  • 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
  • Predecisional Deliberative Exemption (Chester Water Authority)

Raising and Defending against Reasons for Denying Access to Records

  • 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 and Post-Appeal Issues before the OOR and 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?

Special Bonus – Included in your tuition is a copy of Pennsylvania's Right-to-Know Law: A Practice Guide from PBI Press. Attendees will receive a print copy of the PBI Press book and a digital copy via electronic download. Please allow up to two weeks after the program for the printed versions of the book to be shipped. 

Recorded in April 2022.

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Joshua D. Bonn Esq. Nauman Smith Shissler & Hall LLP
Nathanael J. Byerly Esq. Pennsylvania Office of Open Records
Joan E. London Esq. Kozloff Stoudt, P.C.
Melissa B. Melewsky Esq. PA NewsMedia Association
J. Chadwick Schnee Esq. Law Office of Tucker R. Hull LLC
Craig J. Staudenmaier Esq. Nauman Smith Shissler & Hall LLP
Elizabeth G. Wagenseller Pennsylvania Office of Open Records
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