Seventh Annual Freedom of Information Day Celebration

March 18, 2014 - 4:15pm
Washington, D.C.

Join EFF Senior Counsel David Sobel for a discussion of the government's recent positions on Exemption Five of the Freedom of Information Act.  The panel discussion will include Daniel Marcus, Professor, Washington College of Law and former Associate Attorney General, Miriam Nisbet, Director, Office of Government Information Services, NARA, Anne L. Weissman, Chief Counsel, Citizens for Reform and Ethics in Washington; and Kevin M. Goldberg, Special Counsel, Fletcher, Heald, and Hildreth (moderator).

This panel will be the fifth and final panel at a daylong Freedom of Information Day event. This event is celebrated on or near the March 16th birthday of James Madison, considered "the Founding Father of Freedom of Information," as part of what during recent years has become known as "Sunshine Week." This program is the seventh annual Celebration of Freedom of Information Day event held by Washington Law's Collaboration on Government Secrecy, and this year it will be part of an expanded celebration of Sunshine Week among related activities by media and public interest groups. Former NBC News legal report Carl Stern, who also served as the Department of Justice's Director of Public Affairs, will give the keynote address and will be presented with the 2014 "Robert Vaughn FOIA Legend Award" in recognition of his long and distinguished FOIA-related career, including as a highly successful FOIA requester. Washington College of the Law Dean Claudio Grossman will make this year's presentation.

The event will start at 9:00 am and end at 6:00 pm. There is no charge for registration, but CLE credit is available for a fee.


Where: American University Washington College of the Law, 4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20016

Contact: Office of Special Events & Continuing Legal Education, 202.274.4075 or


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