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What You Need to Know About Public Records and Open Meetings in Michigan

Uncertain how the Freedom of Information Act and Michigan open meetings laws apply to you? Find out what Michigan law has to say about balancing the public's right to information with the individual's right to privacy. Purchase these reference materials and you will get updates on recent developments in the interpretation of these laws. If you're involved with a public entity or if you represent the media, you need to know the ins and outs of federal and state public records and open meetings laws. These reference materials will get you headed in the right direction to avoid costly mistakes and litigation - register now to stay current and stay in compliance. Benefits for You - Determine what public records are not subject to disclosure - Comply with notice requirements that apply to open meetings - Learn about pertinent case law and the impacts of proposed legislation - Simplify your responses to records requests and associated fees and expenses
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Agenda

An Overview of the Freedom of Information Act
— Rhonda R. Stowers
  • Purpose of the Act
  • Identifying a FOIA Request
  • Responding to a FOIA Request
    • Timing
    • Identifying Public Records
    • Exemptions
    • Drafting a Response
    • Chargeable Fees
  • The Appeals Process
Michigan's Freedom of Information Act
— Robin Luce Herrmann
  • Exemptions:
    • Privacy Exemption
    • Law Enforcement Records Exemptions
    • Deliberative Process Exemption
    • Other Exemptions
    • Tips for Dealing With Costs Issues
Michigan's Open Meetings Act
— Donald P. DeNault, Jr
  • Purpose/History
  • Definitions
  • Meetings Subject to the Act
  • Open Meetings
  • Closed Sessions
  • Special Meetings
  • Public Participation
  • Penalties for Violations of the Act
  • The Future
Recent Legislative Changes and Case Law Update
— Brian D. Wassom
Pending Legislative Bill 4001
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Faculty

Robin Luce Herrmann

Robin Luce Herrmann – Moderator

Butzel Long, P.C.

  • Shareholder with Butzel Long, P.C.
  • Practices media law and commercial litigation
  • Frequent speaker on open government issues
  • Testified before the House Oversight Committee of the Michigan Legislature on FOIA and open meetings reform
  • General counsel to the Michigan Press Association
  • J.D. degree, cum laude, Detroit College of Law, B.A. degree, University of Michigan
  • Can be contacted at 248-593-3044 or [email protected]
Donald P. DeNault, Jr.

Donald P. DeNault, Jr.

O'Reilly Rancilio P.C.

  • Partner at the law firm of O’Reilly Rancilio P.C.
  • Practice focuses on all areas of municipal and school law, including Freedom of Information Act issues, Open Meetings Act issues, zoning, police issues, student discipline and others
  • Was also the lead attorney for the Macomb County Charter Commission, which prepared a new charter form of government that was approved by the voters in 2009 and became effective on January 1, 2011
  • Writer and speaker on municipal and school law topics, and is a semi-regular host for the Macomb County Bar Association’s award-winning cable television program “Legally Speaking”
  • Currently slated to become the president of the Macomb County Bar Association on July 1, 2015
  • J.D. degree, Wayne State University Law School; B.A. degree, Honors College, Western Michigan University
Rhonda R. Stowers

Rhonda R. Stowers

Plunkett Cooney, P.C.

  • Attorney with Plunkett Cooney, P.C.
  • Practices in the areas of general litigation, governmental law and title insurance law
  • Defended numerous premises liability, employment, product liability and general litigation cases on behalf of churches, employers, landlords, manufacturers and retailers
  • Has advised and defended numerous municipalities on a wide range of topics, including the Freedom of Information Act, the Open Meetings Act, federal and state constitutions, civil rights and others
  • J.D. degree, University of Michigan Law School; B.S. degree, University of Michigan – Flint Honors Program
Brian D. Wassom

Brian D. Wassom

Warner Norcross + Judd LLP

  • Partner with Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP
  • Litigates disputes and counsels clients concerning copyright, trademark, publicity rights, and related intellectual property and advertising issues
  • Several years experience assisting media companies in exercising their freedom of the press, obtaining access to information, and defending claims of defamation, invasion of privacy and eavesdropping
  • Chairs the firm’s Social, Mobile and Emerging Media Practice Group and writes a popular blog and related resources on this topic
  • Presents regularly to industry groups, legal education seminars, and conferences across the country on media, IP and technology-related legal issues
  • J.D. degree, Case Western Reserve University School of Law; B.A. degree, Wayne State University
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Published 2014
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