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2007 National FOI Day conference: Agenda

March 16, 2007
“Access: Oversight & Priorities”

National Press Club
529 14th St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20045

  • Also see National FOI Day information page.

    8 a.m. — Continental breakfast

      Holeman Lounge, 13th Floor

    8:30 a.m. — Welcome and introductions

    8:45 a.m. — Presentation

    • Ronald Collins

    • Speaker:
    • Dr. Allen Weinstein, Archivist of the United States
      “My First Two Years: Access Issues at the National Archives”

    9:45 a.m. — Panel Discussion: “Publishing Leaks: The Practice & the Law”

    • Laura Handman, Davis Wright Tremaine

    • Panelists:
    • Shelby Coffey, Freedom Forum
    • Dana Priest, The Washington Post
    • Norman Pearlstine, former Time magazine editor in chief
    • Jeffrey H. Smith, Arnold & Porter

    10:45 a.m. — Break

    10:55 a.m. — Panel discussion: “Access Priorities: What Congress Needs to Do”

    • Pete Weitzel, Coalition of Journalists for Open Government

    • Panelists:
    • Anna Laitin, House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform
    • Meredith Fuchs, National Security Archive
    • Laura Rychak, Sunshine in Government Initiative/Newspaper Association of America
    • David Vladeck, Georgetown Law School

    11:55 a.m. — Break

    12:05 p.m. — Lunch

      Ballroom, 13th Floor

    1:05 p.m. — American Library Association’s Awards

    • Leslie Burger, president, American Library Association

    • Speakers:
    • Paul K. McMasters, James Madison Award recipient
    • Patricia Schuman, Eileen Cooke Award recipient
    • Posthumous recognition: Ridley Kessler

    1:30 p.m. — Luncheon speech

    • Ronald Collins

    • Speaker:
    • Paul McMasters, former First Amendment ombudsman, Freedom Forum
      “Surge in Secrecy: Democracy’s Incremental Disaster”

    2:15 p.m. — Adjourn

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