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What You Need to Know About Public Records and Open Meetings

Uncertain how public records and open meetings laws apply to you? Find out what Wisconsin 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 and open meetings laws. Purchase these reference materials and 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 Wisconsin law •Avoid penalties and litigation for failing to comply with public records and open meetings laws •Learn to spot exceptions to open meetings and public records laws •Efficiently request - or produce - electronically stored records
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Agenda

Overview of Public Records Law
— John F. Maloney
  • Electronically Stored Data and a Pitfall for the Public Official
  • Private Access to Databases
  • Definition of a Prevailing Party for Purposes of Reimbursement of Fees and Expenses
  • Personnel Issues Regarding Employment Records and Their Production in Response to Public Records Requests
  • Public Records Destruction and Preservation Requirements
Overview of Open Meetings Law
— Jennifer L. Peterson
  • Who Is Subject to the Law?
  • What Is a Meeting?
  • What Actions Must Be Open?
  • Notice and Agenda Issues
  • Exemptions
  • Procedures for Closure
  • Remedies and Penalties
Personnel Records Issues
— Jina L. Jonen
  • Notice to Record Subject
  • Statutory Exceptions to Public Records Law
  • The Balancing Test
  • Medical Records
  • Recent Case Law Developments
The Reluctant Document Custodian
— Mark E. Sostarich
  • Type of Request, Written or Oral, Specificity Please - Buswell v. Tomah Area School District 2007 WI 71
  • Format for Produced Records: WIREdata, Inc. v. Village of Shorewood, 2008 WI 69
  • Redacting: Who pays? Milwaukee Journal Sentinel v. City of Milwaukee, 2012WI 65
  • Metadata Requests: Any Obligation to Produce? McKellar v. Prijic, Outagamie Circuit Court Case # 09-CV-61
  • Electronic Communications: What Is a Record, Who Is the Custodian? Schill v. Wisconsin Rapids School District, 2010 WI 86
  • Provision of "Facilities Comparable to Those Used by Employees"
  • Delay in Responsiveness - Capital Times v. Doyle, 2011 WI App 137
  • Costs, Lawsuits, Madamus and Simple Courtesy
Panel Discussion and Sample Scenarios
— Jina L. Jonen, John F. Maloney, Jennifer L. Peterson and Mark E. Sostarich
  • State Supreme Court Ruling on Charging for Reviews and Redactions
  • Scenario From Record Request … Now What Do You Do?
  • Location Costs
  • Production Costs
  • Up-Front Fees
  • Redaction
  • What is a Reasonable Fee?
  • What Can Be Redacted?
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Faculty

John F. Maloney – Moderator

McNally Peterson SC

  • Partner at the law firm of McNally, Maloney & Peterson, S.C.
  • Practices in the area of civil litigation
  • Represented numerous municipal entities in regard to issues involving the Wisconsin open meetings and public records laws
  • Written extensively in these areas, including “Municipal Responsibility Under the Revised Public Records Law,” Wisconsin Bar Bulletin
  • Certified by NBTA as a civil trial specialist

Jina L. Jonen

Oregon School District

  • Serves as in-house counsel and human resources director for the Oregon School District
  • Previously worked as an attorney with the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) in Madison
  • Focuses on open meetings and public records disputes and has litigated hundreds of cases in front of the Wisconsin Supreme Court involving several public records issues
  • Conducted numerous training seminars in the areas of labor and employment law, including seminars on Wisconsin’s open meetings and public records laws
  • J.D. degree, cum laude, and B.A. degree, with distinction, University of Wisconsin

Jennifer L. Peterson

Journal Communications, Inc.

  • Media counsel and deputy general counsel, Journal Communications, Inc.
  • Advises on publishing and broadcast content-related issues, including public records and open meetings laws
  • Previously attorney with Godfrey & Kahn, Law Clerk to Hon. N. Patrick Crooks, Wisconsin Supreme Court
  • J.D. degree, University of Wisconsin Law School; B.A. degree, summa cum laude, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire

Mark E. Sostarich

Law Office of Mark E Sostarich

  • Currently a sole practitioner who has been a partner with two Wisconsin business law firms during his 30+ year career
  • Former chairman of the Wisconsin State Elections Board and South Milwaukee Police and Fire Commission, former chair of state and Milwaukee County democratic parties
  • Extensive appellate practice in both Wisconsin and Illinois courts
  • Member and co-founder of Wisconsin Lawyers for Voters’ Rights
  • J.D. degree, cum laude, University of Wisconsin Law School; B.A. degree in journalism, with distinction, University of Wisconsin - Madison
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Product ID: 390488
Published 2013
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