Navigating FOI and open records laws

  • Event: 2017 Portland (ME) Watchdog Workshop
  • Speaker: Sigmund Schutz of PretiFlaherty
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Oct. 14 at 10:15am
  • Location: Gannett Hall
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Learn how to use federal and state open records laws to draft records requests the right way. We'll discuss ways to challenge denials and keep a steady flow of information coming into the newsroom with FOI.

Speaker Bios

  • Sigmund D. Schutz is a trial lawyer with many contested hearings to his credit, including jury trials in state and federal court, multi-week complex arbitrations, and high-stakes administrative hearings. Sig has been counsel of record in many state and federal reported judicial decisions, including more than twenty appeals in the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. In his media law practice, Sig represents the news media in First Amendment matters, defamation and privacy, state and federal freedom of information, newsgathering and cyber law. He has also served as counsel in copyright, Lanham Act and advertising matters.

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