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Public Records, Open Meetings Update 2022

Product ID: CA3317R2
Presented By: State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE

Co-produced by the Government Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Wisconsin

“A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both.”
– James Madison

Become a PROM pro

Sometimes complying with public records and open meetings (PROM) laws can feel like a perilous balancing act between transparency and privacy. Plus, the requirements for processing records requests can be puzzling. But you’re up for the challenge and we’re here to help.

The Public Records, Open Meetings Update 2022 is the perfect opportunity for both new and experienced lawyers to gain clarity on Wisconsin’s laws, catch up on developments, and explore important issues in depth.

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Pricing

Member $269.00

Non-Member $349.00

Credits

7.5 CLE

Date and Time

Friday, September 23, 20228:30 AM - 4:25 PM CT

Add to Calendar 9/23/2022 8:30:00 AM 9/23/2022 4:25:00 PM America/Chicago Public Records, Open Meetings Update 2022

Co-produced by the Government Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Wisconsin

“A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both.”
– James Madison

Become a PROM pro

Sometimes complying with public records and open meetings (PROM) laws can feel like a perilous balancing act between transparency and privacy. Plus, the requirements for processing records requests can be puzzling. But you’re up for the challenge and we’re here to help.

The Public Records, Open Meetings Update 2022 is the perfect opportunity for both new and experienced lawyers to gain clarity on Wisconsin’s laws, catch up on developments, and explore important issues in depth.

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Co-produced by the Government Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Wisconsin

“A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both.”
– James Madison

Become a PROM pro

Sometimes complying with public records and open meetings (PROM) laws can feel like a perilous balancing act between transparency and privacy. Plus, the requirements for processing records requests can be puzzling. But you’re up for the challenge and we’re here to help.

The Public Records, Open Meetings Update 2022 is the perfect opportunity for both new and experienced lawyers to gain clarity on Wisconsin’s laws, catch up on developments, and explore important issues in depth.

Read More ↓

Program Chairs:

Peter J. Block – Also presenting
Milwaukee City Attorney’s Office
Milwaukee

Julie P. Wilson
Milwaukee City Attorney’s Office
Milwaukee

Presenters:

Shunta Boston-Smith
Sun Prairie Police Department
Sun Prairie

Lacey Cochart
City of Green Bay
Green Bay 

Nicholas P. DeSiato
Milwaukee

Paul M. Ferguson
Wisconsin Department of Justice
Madison

Makda Fessahaye
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
Milwaukee

Saveon D. Grenell
Buelow, Vetter, Buikema, Olson & Vliet, LLC
Waukesha

Thomas Kamenick
Wisconsin Transparency Project
Port Washington

Jill Kawala
Milwaukee Public Schools
Milwaukee

Al Kesner
Wauwatosa City Attorney’s Office
Wauwatosa

Ashley Luthern
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee

Jim Owczarski
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee

Sheila Thobani
Buelow, Vetter, Buikema, Olson & Vliet, LLC
Waukesha

Christa Westerberg
Pines Bach LLP
Madison

8:00 a.m. : Registration

8:30 a.m. : Why do we have Public Record and Open Meeting Laws?

  • History of these laws
  • Government transparency         

Thomas Kamenick

8:45 a.m. : Public Records Updates

  • Who do these laws apply to?
  • What constitutes a “record”
  • Exceptions to release
  • Permissible fees

Thomas Kamenick

9:20 a.m. : Processing Requests

  • Considerations regarding the location of the request
  • Responsibility to redact
  • Responses and timing
  • Other resources for assisting with the response process

Paul M. Ferguson

10:00 a.m. : Break

10:15 a.m. : Specialized knowledge and processes

  • Develop different processes for different clients
  • Dealing with large requests
  • Issues with high volume offices
  • When can you charge fees

Lacey Cochart, Makda Fessahaye (moderator), Saveon D.Grenell, Jill Kawala, Sheila Thobani

10:50 a.m. : Law Enforcement Records

  • Example area where attorneys and records authorities develop those specialized processes and knowledge

Peter J. Block (moderator), Shunta Boston-Smith, Nicholas P. DiSiato, Al Kesner, Ashley Luthern

11:30 a.m. : Recent Trends in Public Record/Open Meeting Issues

  • Elections and elections investigations
  • Suits by and against legislators

Christa Westerberg

12:10.m. : Lunch (on your own)

1:10 p.m. : Overview of Mandamus Litigation

  • Summons/Complaint vs. Petition
  • Attorney Fees
  • Potential Remedies
  • Timing of hearings
  • Oversight entities

Christa Westerberg

1:30 p.m. : Open Meeting Basics

  • Definition of a governmental body
  • Requirements for notice
  • Reasonable accessibility
  • Open v. Closed Meetings
  • Voting, records, participation, recording and enforcement

Paul Ferguson

2:30 p.m. : Break

2:45 p.m. : Robert’s Rules of Order

Jim Owczarski

3:45 p.m. : Case Law Update

  • FOIA vs. Wisconsin Law

Peter J. Block

4:25 p.m. : Program Concludes

Following program start times, webcast replay schedule may vary slightly from above listed times.

  • Get a primer on Wisconsin’s open meetings laws and learn when meetings can be closed
  • Uncover the specialized processes required for requesting records from law enforcement
  • Understand the interplay between state and federal public records laws
  • Receive a refresher for government lawyers on Robert’s Rules of Order
  • Learn about significant case law updates from the past year in less than one hour
  • Confidently advise clients receiving and processing public records requests
  • Government lawyers
  • Municipal attorneys
  • Administrative & local government lawyers
  • Criminal law attorneys
  • Civil rights lawyers
  • Media lawyers
  • General practitioners

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The Wisconsin Public Records and Open Meetings Handbook

Save 20% on The Wisconsin Public Records and Open Meetings Handbook.* Plus, all seminar attendees receive a free two-week trial of the Books UnBound® version. It’s a comprehensive guide that will help you explore all the angles of a public record or open meeting issue.

Use discount code CA3317 when you order online or by calling (800) 728-7788.

*Discount applies to both print and digital Books UnBound editions of this title and cannot be applied to previous purchases. Offer valid as long as CLE credit is available for this program. For Books UnBound users, discount may be applied to purchase of individual Books UnBound title only and may not be used on purchase of full library.

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