Robert Freeman to Discuss State's Sunshine Laws

10/22/2013

Contributed by Brandy Hawley

Robert Freeman will be in the Park Hall Auditorium at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, to discuss the state's Sunshine Laws and to answer questions about access to information and meetings.

For almost 40 years, reporters and editors who have needed information about the state's Freedom of Information and Open Meetings laws to keep the public informed have turned to Robert Freeman. 

Freeman has been executive director of the state Committee on Open Government for 37 years, after two years as the committee's counsel. He received his law degree from New York University and a bachelor's degree in foreign service from Georgetown University.

 "Throughout New York state, news organizations from the New York Times to village gazettes go to Bob for FOI advice and to informally mediate FOI disputes," said Mitchell W. Pearlman, journalism lecturer at the University of Connecticut and director of Connecticut's FOI body. "Likewise, judges often rely upon his written opinions upholding the public's right to know."

The event is sponsored by the Department of Journalism and is part of Larry Dietrich's Journalism Research class.

Free and open to the public.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation, please contact Brandy Hawley, bhawley@ithaca.edu; 607-274-3590, as much in advance as possible.

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