Monday, January 26, 2009

Public Records Panel Friday in Boston

I received the following announcement from Bruce Mohl, editor of CommonWealth Magazine:

January 30 , 2009
Hard Data: A panel discussion on the Massachusetts Public Records Law
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
The State House
Room A-2
Boston, MA

CommonWealth magazine will host "Hard Data: A panel discussion on the Massachusetts Public Records Law." Join legislators, lawyers, and journalists as they explore why the law designed to shed light on the inner workings of state and local government is instead leaving much of the bureaucracy in shadows, if not total darkness. The panel will feature Alan Cote, the state's supervisor of public records; Rep. Antonio Cabral, who has filed legislation amending the Public Records Law; Walter Robinson, a long-time investigative reporter with the Boston Globe who now teaches at Northeastern University, and Jonathan Albano, a partner at Bingham McCutchen. Moderated by CommonWealth Editor Bruce Mohl.

Click here to rsvp or call (617) 742-6800 ext. 120.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Lowell Sun Files Open Meeting Complaint

Latest example of government officials turning the law upside down: Preparing to go into a closed school committee meeting, the Wilmington, Mass., school superintendent told a Sun reporter that it would be illegal for the committee to meet in public. In fact, the law requires a public meeting before going into closed session. The Sun has filed a complaint with the Middlesex district attorney.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Time Almost Up: Help Us Win Best Podcast

Voting ends tomorrow, Jan. 2, for best legal podcast in the ABA Journal Blawg 100. Our podcast, Lawyer2Lawyer, was in the lead, but has fallen into second place in these waning hours, behind the LexisNexis Legal News and Litigation Report. Voting is easy -- all you have to do is click on a box. Do it today (or tomorrow) and forward this on to your friends.

Vote here.