On-Demand Video

The Sunshine Act 2022

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  • Start Date:2022-09-19 20:00:00
  • End Date:2024-09-19 20:00:00
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  • Level:Various
  • Topics:Government

$149.00 ["ProPass"]

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This program will provide a practical overview of the statutory and decisional requirements of the Sunshine Act along with recent and potential legislative updates to the law.  The topics addressed will include, among others, what agencies and the committees of those agencies are/are not subject to the law, what is ‘deliberation’ or ‘official action’ that will trigger the law’s public mandates,  what topics are/are not permissible to address in an executive session, what effects do virtual meetings have on the law’s requirements, interplay between RTKL and the Sunshine Act, the procedure for challenging an alleged violation, potential penalties and methods to cure violations, the ‘new’ agenda requirements, pending legislation and the parameters of public comment and the potential ramifications of attempts to ban or curtail public comment.    

All attendees will receive the course book as a digital download. Course materials are not available for separate purchase.

Recorded in September 2022.


J. Schnee Esq.

Mr. Schnee is an attorney at law with the Law Office of Tucker Hull, located in Annville, Pennsylvania. With over a decade of experience in government transparency matters, Mr. Schnee has litigated matters arising under the Right-to-Know Law and the Sunshine Act on behalf of both public sector and individual clients. He is an authority on the Right-to-Know Law, having authored three editions of the definitive guidance on that statute: The Right-to-Know Law: A Practice Guide, published by PBI Press. Prior to his current employment, Mr. Schnee served as the First Assistant County Solicitor for the County of Berks, where, after being nominated by the Berks County Board of Commissioners, he attended the Center for Excellence in County Leadership in 2019. Mr. Schnee also previously served as the Assistant Chief Counsel for the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records, where he wrote or edited around 10,000 final orders concerning the Right-to-Know Law and related issues. He is a cum laude graduate of the University of Rochester and received his JD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

Craig Staudenmaier Esq.

Mr. Staudenmaier is a partner in the Harrisburg law firm of Nauman, Smith, Shissler & Hall, LLP. His practice is concentrated in the areas of state and federal litigation and Right to Know/Media law. Mr. Staudenmaier routinely represents print and broadcast media, businesses and private individuals in public records and open meetings matters and subpoena of reporters, privacy and defamation claims. He has presented lectures on Right to Know and Sunshine Law issues across the Commonwealth to judges, lawyers, government agencies and citizen groups. Mr. Staudenmaier has appeared before numerous trial courts and administrative agencies on these issues and has successfully argued public records issues before the Commonwealth and Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania, including as counsel for the media entities in the Penn State University/Paterno salary, PHEAA, and PUC/Seder/Kraus open records cases. As an experienced trial lawyer, he has tried numerous cases to verdict in favor of his clients in both the state and federal courts. Mr. Staudenmaier is also general counsel to the Pennsylvania Freedom of Information Coalition. He is admitted to practice in all of the U.S. District Courts of Pennsylvania, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Staudenmaier is a former Co-Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Bar Press Committee and a member of the Civil Litigation Section. He is a member of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel and an affiliate member of the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. Mr. Staudenmaier is a past President of the William W. Lipsitt American Inn of Court, which has a litigation focus. He is a past recipient of the Benjamin FranklinAward for Excellence from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association. In October 2021, Craig was inducted into the National Freedom of Information Coalition Open Government Hall of Fame. He has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013-2023 and as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in 2010-2023. He is a graduate of Washington and Jefferson College and the Dickinson School of Law.

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