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What You Need to Know About Public Records, Open Meetings, Record Retention and Government Ethics

Uncertain how West Virginia public records, open meetings laws and government ethics laws apply to you? Find out what West Virginia law has to say about balancing the public's right to information with the individual's right to privacy. 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 including best practices for record retention and open meetings laws. Equally important for attorneys who represent public entities or public employees is knowledge of the West Virginia Ethics Act a code of conduct for public employees and officials. Purchase these reference materials and you will get updates on recent developments in the interpretation of these laws. These reference materials will get you headed in the right direction to avoid costly mistakes and litigation - order now to stay current and stay in compliance. Benefits for You •Find out which meetings - of which bodies - are open meetings under West Virginia law •Eliminate problems upfront by adhering to government recordkeeping requirements •Correctly interpret the West Virginia and Federal Freedom of Information Act •Solve your toughest problems with creating, retaining and producing public records •Learn about the West Virginia Ethics Act and how to avoid conflict of interest in public service
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Agenda

West Virginia and Federal Freedom of Information Act
— Wendy E. Greve
  • What Meetings and Records Are Exempt?
  • Responding to Requests
  • Notice Requirements
Open Governmental Proceedings
— Jason A. Winnell
  • Basic Overview of Intent and Purpose of the Law
  • What Governmental Bodies Are Subject to the Law?
  • What Is a Meeting?
  • Notice Requirements
  • Meeting Process
  • Executive Sessions
  • Violations/Penalties
  • Litigation/Legislative Updates
Records Document Retention and Destruction
— Ashley C. Pack
  • Creating an Effective Records Management Program
    • What Statutory Standards Apply?
    • Are There Different Considerations for Electronic Records?
    • What Is Considered Effective Destruction of Records?
  • Records Retention Policies for Government Entities
    • What Type of Government Communication Is Considered a Public Record
    • Education-Related Retention Requirements
  • Retention and Disclosure Exceptions Where Confidentiality Concerns Are Present
West Virginia Ethics Act
— Theresa M. Kirk
  • History of the Act
  • Jurisdiction of the Ethics Commission
  • General Standards of Conduct Established by the Act
  • Limits on Public Servants Accepting and Soliciting Gifts
  • Rules Governing Employment by Public Servants With Private Entities
  • Prohibited Interests in Public Contracts
  • Overview of the Administrative Complaint Process
  • Sanctions
  • Common Sense Tips for Defending Complaints Before the West Virginia Ethics Commission
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This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Faculty

Jason A. Winnell – Moderator

Schuda & Associates, PLLC

  • Partner, Schuda & Associates, pllc
  • Practice areas include governmental liability, governmental general counsel, insurance defense, personal injury defense, and insurance coverage
  • Presented numerous seminars on tort liability of state agencies and political subdivisions, workplace injuries, and insurance unfair trade practices
  • J.D. degree, West Virginia University College of Law; B.A. degree, West Virginia University
  • Can be contacted at 304-343-8928 or [email protected]

Wendy E. Greve, Esq.

Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe, PLLC

  • Member of the law firm of Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe, PLLC
  • Practice areas include insurance defense litigation, personal injury, premises liability, toxic torts and civil rights
  • J.D. degree, West Virginia University; B.A. degree, American University

Theresa M. Kirk

Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe, PLLC

  • Member of the law firm of Pullin, Fowler, Flanagan, Brown & Poe, PLLC
  • Extensive experience in defending state and local government entities
  • Former director of the West Virginia Ethics Commission has conducted numerous trainings on the Ethics Act and Open Governmental Proceedings Act for public servants across the state
  • Former president of the Council of Governmental Ethics Laws, a professional organization for government agencies, organizations, and individuals with responsibilities or interests in governmental ethics, elections, campaign finance, lobbying laws and freedom of information
  • J.D. degree, University of Pittsburgh School of Law; B.A. degree, honors graduate, West Virginia University
  • Can be contacted at 304-344-0100 or [email protected]

Ashley C. Pack

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

  • Partner, Labor and Employment Law Department of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
  • Works with human resource managers and in-house counsel to provide labor and employment advice, and litigation support
  • Provides employment counseling to employers covering the entire employment relationship
  • Provides labor advice to employers on elections, arbitrations and union campaigns
  • Litigated cases for employers covering all types of discrimination and wrongful discharge, noncompetition agreements, wage and hour issues, and unemployment compensation hearings
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America
  • B.A. degree, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, University of Kentucky; J.D. degree, University of Kentucky College of Law
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Product ID: 391871
Published 2013
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