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How "Open" is the Open Meetings Law?

Save yourself and your organization from disciplinary action. Gain a complete understanding of open meeting laws.Open meetings laws are designed to ensure that the actions and deliberations made in the operation of public business are conducted openly. Yet there are times when the government best protects the interests of the public and personal information of individuals by meeting outside of the public eye. Although the principle of open meetings is beyond question, open meetings laws can be difficult in application. This topic helps practitioners and government employees to identify when open meetings laws are applicable, and where open meetings may lawfully take place, and to review common reasons for holding closed meetings. Without an understanding of the nuances of open meeting laws, government employees and legal practitioners risk bad media publicity or possibly could face penalties or disciplinary action. This topic is critical for government employees and practitioners of state and local government law in order for them to implement open meetings laws effectively.


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Who Is Subject to Open Meetings Laws (OML)?

  • Governmental Bodies
  • Private Bodies and Increasing Privatization of Government Functions

What Is a Meeting?

  • Types of Meetings
  • Number Needed to Convene a Meeting
  • Purpose of Convening the Meeting
  • Technology and Meetings

Meeting Place: Notice, Location, Size, Recordings

  • Notice
  • Location and Size
  • Recordings or Broadcasts

Exceptions to OML: Closed Meetings

  • Mandatory or Discretionary Nature?
  • Purpose and Notice
  • Action Allowed?
  • Minutes for Closed Meetings

Public's Right to Speak

  • Mandatory, Permissive, or Silent
  • Government-Sponsored Forum and the First Amendment

Violations of OML

  • Enforcement
  • Disciplinary Actions
  • Cures
  • Penalties
  • Jail?
  • Attorney Fees
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Maryam Judar

Citizen Advocacy Center

  • Executive director and a community lawyer at the Citizen Advocacy Center in Elmhurst, Illinois
  • Practices in the arenas of sunshine laws and laws supporting public participation including the First Amendment, ballot access, campaign finance, redistricting, and civic education
  • Publications include: "2010 Illinois Civic Health Index", National Conference on Citizenship; "The Challenges to Ballot Access and the Challenges Therein", published in the DePaul Journal for Social Justice (2013); and "The Goals of Democracy and Those of Economic Development: Bridging the Two While Valuing Public Participation", published in the Journal of the DuPage County Bar Association (2011)
  • Nominated to the state legislative Task Force on Civic Education in 2013, which resulted in the passage of legislation bringing civic education back to Illinois high schools as a graduation requirement
  • Graduate, with certificates in public interest law and policy and critical race studies, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
  • Can be contacted at 630-833-4080 or [email protected]zenadvocacycenter.org
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Published 2016
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