Requesting Government Records

Date: Friday, December 18, 2020

Time: 12:00 to 1:00 pm

Location: Online Webinar

Cost: $10

Register: Here

MCLE: One Hour of General Participatory MCLE

About the Program:

Did you know that the Freedom of Information Act of 1967 and the California Public Records Act of 1968 gave the members of the public the right to request access to records from federal and state agencies? These laws allow citizens that are not involved in a lawsuit to access records that are generally not made available to the public. If you like to learn how to request documents this is the webinar for you!

California and federal laws require government agencies to provide public access to records that relate to the public’s business. However, this right to access government records is subject to exceptions that balance public access with other considerations such as privacy rights and efficiency. This presentation will cover a number of issues related to the California Public Records Act and the Freedom of Information Act, including:

  • Basic rules of CPRA and FOIA
  • Who can request records and how to request records
  • Records exempt from disclosure
  • Process for challenging a denied request
  • Recent developments in public records law

About the Speaker:

The Law Library’s very own Reference Librarian Lisa Foster, J.D., MLIS, is presenting on this topic. Lisa is a former practicing attorney specializing in local government law.

This webinar is part of our series of continuing legal education (CLE) classes. Since the physical locations of the library closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have transitioned our CLE programs online as webinars. These courses have been in high demand and spaces fill up quickly so, please, sign up now to reserve your spot. You will receive an email with your login information after registering for the event.

And, if you are an MCLE Class Package holder, you can use your promo code when registering for the class to take advantage of your free MCLE webinars! MCLE Class Package holders pay a flat rate of $75 and can attend unlimited classes between the date they sign up and January 1, 2022.  If you have any questions about our webinars or our Borrowing or MCLE Class Packages, please contact us by emailtelephone, or Virtual Front Desk (weekdays between 2 pm and 4 pm). Or, you can sign up for a telephone appointment with a reference librarian to get your questions answered in real-time.