2011 FOI Summit Schedule

Friday, May 20

Saturday, May 21

Friday, May 20

2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Conference Registration

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Round-table Conversation: Ideas Marketplace

FOI advocates and coalition leaders from around the country talk about noteworthy success stories, problems they’ve encountered or just interesting tidbits worth sharing in an open but moderated, round-table conversation.

5:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Opening Reception

Hors d'œuvre, conversation and cash bar.

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Saturday, May 21

8:00 a.m.

Registration Opens

8:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m


  • NFOIC Annual Membership Meeting
  • Presided over by Frank Gibson, president, NFOIC board of directors and executive director, Tennessee Coalition for Open Government. (Annual business meeting convenes promptly at 8:30 a.m.)
  • Panel discussion – Building and Sustaining Strong Coalitions
  • Useful tips, insights and advice for organizations just getting started, as well as mature established ones. Barbara Petersen, president, First Amendment Foundation (Florida), leads an armchair discussion with Linda Steckley, senior major gifts officer, Chautauqua Foundation, and Aaron Bayer, partner with Wiggin and Dana LLC, Hartford, CT.

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10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Panel discussion – Creation and Evolution: How equal are state access and disclosure laws?

A panel of experts discusses the best and worst provisions of state FOI laws. What works? What are the impediments? What components would comprise a model statute if there were such a thing?

Panelists include: Karen Kaiser, assistant general counsel, the Associated Press; Chip Stewart, media law professor, Schieffer School of Journalism, Texas Christian University; Jon Donnellan, senior counsel, Hearst Corporation.

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

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12:00 – 1:45 p.m.

Keynote and Hall of Fame Luncheon

  • Dale R. Spencer Tribute – Short biographical video and remarks by Kenneth F. Bunting, executive director, NFOIC, and Melinda Machones, representing the Dale R. Spencer Free Press Studies Endowment.
  • Introduction of Keynote Speaker – By Frank Gibson, president of NFOIC.
  • Inaugural Dale R. Spencer Freedom Talk – Keynote address by Gary D. Bass, executive director and founder, OMB Watch, and new CEO, Bauman Family Foundation.
  • State Open Government Hall of Fame Induction – Presented by Lucy Dalglish, executive director, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. This year’s inductee is John R. Finnegan Sr., former senior vice president and assistant publisher of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

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2:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Panel discussion – Cutting-edge Tools for Transparency: Better Access to Data and Documents

Are the public and open government advocates realizing the promise of digital communications? Who/what is on the leading edge of using technology to provide better access?

Panelists include: David Herzog, founder of OpenMissouri and an associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism; Michael Morisy, co-founder, MuckRock.com; Susan B. Long, associate professor at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management and co-founder and co-director of the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC).

Moderated by: Thomas Heslin, senior vice president and executive editor, The Providence Journal.

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3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Panel discussion – WikiLeaks: What are the implications and aftereffects for open government?

An armchair conversation led by Patrice McDermott, director of OpentheGovernment.Org, with: Peter Scheer, executive director, First Amendment Coalition (California); Maggie Mulvihill, co-director, New England Center for Investigative Reporting at Boston University; Kel McClanahan, executive director, National Security Counselors.

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5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Closing Reception

Hors d'œuvre, conversation and cash bar.

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