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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?

Recorded in March 2024.

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J. Chadwick Schnee Esq. Schnee Legal Services, LLC
Craig J. Staudenmaier Esq. Nauman Smith Shissler & Hall LLP
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