Oct. 10 – Requester Training in Harrisburg

Office of Open Records LogoThe Office of Open Records is hosting a training session for requesters (media and non-media) at our office in Harrisburg on Thursday, Oct. 10, starting at 11 a.m.

This event will focus on various areas of Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law, including:

  • How to file a good RTKL request
  • Timelines and deadlines
  • Fees under the RTKL
  • Information in databases
  • How to appeal when your request is denied
  • Common reasons agencies deny requests

And much more.

This training session is free and open to everyone. To register, visit the OOR’s EvenbtBrite page.

Right-to-Know Law Roundtable – Complete Video

Office of Open Records LogoEarlier this month, the Office of Open Records hosted the first-ever Right-to-Know Law Roundtable, an event designed to help requesters better understand Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law.

PCN was on hand to record the Roundtable, which I very much appreciate, and we’re able to present the following videos which cover the entire event.

The first video features the opening speaker, Judge Dominic F. Pileggi, a former state senator and author of the Right-to-Know Law, along with a discussion on the topic Practical Tips for Writing an Effective RTKL Request moderated by Angela Couloumbis (Philadelphia Inquirer) with panelists Melissa Melewsky, Esq. (Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association), Jan Murphy (Pennlive), and Megan Shannon, Esq. (Offit Kurman).

The second video features a discussion on the topic Enforcing Office of Open Records Final Determinations moderated by Joyce Davis (Pennlive) with panelists Adrienne Langer, Esq. (Cusick, DeCaro & Langer), Terry Mutchler, Esq. (Mutchler Lyons), and Thea Paolini, Esq., MBA (Nauman, Smith, Shissler & Hall).

The third video features a discussion on the topic Law Enforcement Records and the Right-to-Know Law moderated by Cindy Simmons (Pennsylvania State University) with panelists Paula Knudsen, Esq. (The Caucus), William Rozier (Pennsylvania State Police), and Liz Evans Scolforo (York Dispatch).

The fourth (and final) video features a one-on-one discussion between Jaime Fettrow-Alderfer (Lebanon Valley College) and Liz Navratil (Spotlight PA) about Using the Right-to-Know Law in Reporting.

We hope to organize more events like the RTKL Roundtable in the future. Please contact us if you have any comments or suggestions. And don’t forget to check our training calendar for all of our upcoming events.

Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law and Discovery

Office of Open Records LogoEarlier today, I was part of a panel discussion about the Right-to-Know Law as part of the Dauphin County Bar Association’s Bench Bar Conference.

The session was entitled The Right-to-Know Law: Its Use and Abuse as a Discovery Tool.

The discussion was moderated by Craig J. Staudenmaier of Nauman Smith Shissler & Hall. It also featured Judge Terrence Nealon of the Lackawanna County Court of Common Pleas; Thomas Howell, Deputy General Counsel in the Office of General Counsel; and Joshua D. Bonn of Nauman Smith Shissler & Hall.

It was a great panel and I appreciate being invited to take part.

Here’s the presentation I used:
Dauphin County Bar Association Bench Bar Conference – July 20, 2019 – PDF
Dauphin County Bar Association Bench Bar Conference – July 20, 2019 – PPTX

OOR – 2017 Annual Training

Open records_logo stackedOn October 23, the Office of Open Records held its annual training session in Harrisburg. The session included presentations by Erik Arneson, executive director; Charles Brown, chief counsel; Delene Lantz, general counsel; and George Spiess, director of training and outreach.

This year, for the first time, the training was available via webinar. We’ve also uploaded the complete event to YouTube:

To learn about upcoming training events, sign up for the OOR’s email newsletter. You can also request a training session.

Here’s the presentation we used for this year’s annual training session:

OOR Annual Training – October 23, 2017 – PDF
OOR Annual Training – October 23, 2017 – PPTX

Presentation at Sunshine Week CLE

Open records_logo stackedEarlier today, I was part of a panel discussion at a CLE hosted by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association at Widener Law Commonwealth in Harrisburg.

It was an excellent event (even if last week’s snow did push it into the week after Sunshine Week!), and I appreciate the invitation to participate.

Here’s the presentation I used:

PNA Sunshine Week CLE at Widener – March 21, 2017 – PDF
PNA Sunshine Week CLE at Widener – March 21, 2017 – PPTX