National Freedom of Information Coalition
Protecting Your Right to Open Government

2010 FOI Summit Schedule

Friday, May 7

Saturday, May 8

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Friday, May 7

Registration opens 5:00 p.m.


Register, then rest and relax with old friends and new acquaintances.

Some food provided, but libations are extra.

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Saturday, May 8

Registration: 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m

NFOIC Annual Members' Meeting

A continental breakfast will be provided during the meeting.

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10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Coalition Sustainability and Fundraising

How do you keep that fledgling FOI group going, or take the next step? What fundraising strategies and tactics work best for nonprofits? Hear from those who've successfully conducted the never-ending search for funds.

Featuring: Jennifer Cox, development director for Taxpayers for Common Sense; Katherine Sawyer, fundraiser; Douglas Stewart, director of foundation relations with the Center for Health, Environment & Justice.

Moderated by Chris Pabon, director of development for Project on Government Oversight.

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Lunch: 12:00 – 1:45 p.m.

Heroes of the 50 States Award

The State Open Government Hall of Fame honors those whose lifetime commitment to citizen access, open government and freedom of information has left a legacy at the state and local level.

Keynote Speech

We're pleased and grateful to present Ms. Miriam Nisbet as this year's keynote speaker. Ms. Nisbet is the inaugural director of the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), National Archives and Records Administration, the new FOIA ombudsman office created by the 2007 amendments to the federal Freedom of Information Act.

Ms. Nisbet previously worked for UNESCO, the American Library Association, the National Archives and Records Administration, and the U.S. Department of Justice. (You can listen to a recent interview with Ms. Nisbet that Federal News Radio conducted here, and read a recent article from Main Justice here.)

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2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Transparency in the Digital Age: The report card, thus far

Governments large and small are embracing the rise of digital transparency. Hear from the experts working to transform access to governmental information and see what you can take home in the form of best practices.

Featuring: David Donald, data editor for The Center for Public Integrity; John Wonderlich, policy director for the Sunlight Foundation; J.H. Snider, president of

Moderated by Thomas M. Susman, director of the Governmental Affairs Office of the American Bar Association.

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3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

FOI Litigation

The state of the news media economy has FOI advocates concerned about who funds the battle for open government, and litigation is no exception. Hear from some of the country's leading FOI litigants, and learn more about the new Knight FOI Fund.

Featuring: Ashley Messenger, media lawyer; Andrea Flynn Mogensen, sole practitioner specializing in open-government litigation; Ginger W. Stanley, executive director of Virginia Press Association/Virginia Press Services, Inc.

Moderated by Lucy Dalglish, executive director of Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

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5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Cocktail Hour

Because fighting for open government and freedom of information is hard work, a little relaxation is called for. Join us from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Saturday evening for an abundance of free hors d’oeuvres and tales of FOI fights both past and present. Cash bar available.

Moderated by Charles N. Davis, executive director of NFOIC.

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