Sunshine Week 2019 – OOR Webinars

As part of Sunshine Week 2019, the Office of Open Records is hosting a series of webinars. Some will be of more interest to agencies, some of more interest to requesters, and some will be of interest to both groups.

(The OOR’s webinars run via Skype, so you may need to download a small app to participate, but in our testing the process has been pretty seamless. Everyone who signs up will receive directions on how to access the webinar a couple days in advance.)

Here’s the schedule of webinars:

Right-to-Know Law Training for Requesters
Monday, March 11, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Basics for New Agency Open Records Officers
Tuesday, March 12, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

2019 Agency Open Records Officer Survey Results
Tuesday, March 12, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Sunshine Act Training
Wednesday, March 13, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

About Office of Open Records Mediation
Wednesday, March 13, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Recent Court and Office of Open Records Decisions of Note
Thursday, March 14, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Preparing Affidavits for Appeals
Thursday, March 14, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Releasing the 2018 Office of Open Records Annual Report
Friday, March 15, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Office of Open Records Website Resources
Friday, March 15, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

In addition to the webinars, we’re also hosting one in-person training session for requesters at our office in Harrisburg:

In-Person RTKL Training for Requesters
Monday, March 11, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

We hope you can join us for one or more of the sessions!

Presentation for OOR’s 2018 Annual Training

Office of Open Records LogoThis afternoon at 2:00 p.m., the Office of Open Records will hold its annual training session on Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law and Sunshine Act.

The session is taking place in Harrisburg, but you can also join us by webinar. (Get all the details and sign up here.) It’s free, and 2 CLEs (1 substantive, 1 ethics) are available for attorneys.

The session will include presentations by me (Erik Arneson), Director of Training and Outreach George Spiess, Chief Counsel Charles Brown, General Counsel Delene Lantz, and Deputy Director Nathan Byerly. We’ve combined all of our PowerPoint slides into a single presentation:

OOR Annual Training 2018 (PPTX)
OOR Annual Training 2018 (PDF)

Complete video will be available sometime after the session ends.

Annual Training in Harrisburg on Nov. 1

Open records_logo stackedThis year’s Office of Open Records (OOR) Annual Training session will take place on Thursday, Nov. 1, in Harrisburg.

Register here for the OOR’s annual training.

The training, which will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., will cover Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law (RTKL) and Sunshine Act, including:

  • An overview of important OOR resources available on the OOR website for both agencies and requesters to help with your RTKL practice.
  • A review of ethical issues in both the RTKL and the Sunshine Act. This session will discuss the ethical components of both laws and provide practice tips to ensure compliance.
  • An examination of relevant RTKL case law and notable OOR decisions from the past year. This session will also look at upcoming legal trends as well as proposed OOR regulations and the possible effect both could have on your RTKL practice.

The OOR’s Annual Training is free and open to everyone. (While everyone is welcome to attend, those most likely to benefit include elected and appointed public officials, Agency Open Records Officers, and attorneys who regularly deal with the RTKL and/or the Sunshine Act. The OOR will schedule separate sessions to focus on issues more of interest to requesters, such as this session on Oct. 11, 2018.)

The Annual Training can be attended in person or online via webinar.

This program is pending approval for CLE credit (ethics and regular).

Soon after the event, a video of the training will be available online.

Register here for the OOR’s annual training.

You can also see the OOR’s entire training calendar.

Presentations from OOR’s 2016 Annual Training

Open records_logo stackedLast week, the Office of Open Records hosted our annual training session about the Right-to-Know Law and the Sunshine Act at the State Museum in Harrisburg.

I made a presentation, as did George Spiess, Chief of Training and Outreach, and Charles Brown, Chief Counsel.

Here are the presentations used at the 2016 Annual Training:

OOR 2016 Annual Training – Erik Arneson – PPTX
OOR 2016 Annual Training – Erik Arneson – PDF

OOR 2016 Annual Training – George Spiess – PPTX
OOR 2016 Annual Training – George Spiess – PDF

OOR 2016 Annual Training – Charles Brown – PPTX
OOR 2016 Annual Training – Charles Brown – PDF

If you’d like to watch the entire event, PCN has made video of the entire two-hour event available for free on its website.

Annual Training in Harrisburg on Oct. 26

Open records_logo stackedThis year’s Office of Open Records Annual Training will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at the State Museum in Harrisburg.

Senior staff from the OOR will lead this session covering the Right-to-Know Law and the Sunshine Act.

The training will touch on the basics of each law, but additional detail will be provided on recent Final Determinations issued by the OOR, recent Supreme Court and Commonwealth Court decisions, and emerging issues.

This training session is designed to be of interest to both agencies and requesters. Attendees will have ample opportunity to ask questions.

This session is pending approval for 1.5 CLEs.

You can register for the training session here.

Sunshine Week Panel – March 15 in Harrisburg

On Tuesday, March 15, I’m taking part in a Sunshine Week panel organized by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association to discuss “the state of open government in Pennsylvania.”

The event starts at 11:30 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. at the Widener University Commonwealth Law School, 3800 Vartan Way, Harrisburg, PA.

The panel also features Scott Coburn, General Counsel for the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, Melissa Melewsky, Media Law Counsel for PNA, and Terry Mutchler, an attorney with Pepper Hamilton and the former Executive Director of the Office of Open Records. Our moderator will be Teri Henning, President of PNA.

One CLE credit is available for attorneys.

More information is available at PNA’s website. Please join us if you can!