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National FOI Day Conference:


Ed. Note: Something of interest in case you're planning to travel to Washington, D. C. next week.

United States Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas, a forceful advocate for open government since his days as Texas Attorney General, will be the Keynote Speaker at the NATIONAL FREEDOM OF INFORMATION DAY Conference.

"Congress and the Courts: Confronting Secrecy" is the theme of this year's conference which will be held as usual on James Madison's birth date, Wednesday, March 16, at the Freedom Forums World Center in Arlington, Va.

Other featured speakers at the Seventh Annual Conference will be Floyd Abrams, one of the nation's foremost First Amendment attorneys, and Lee Levine, First Amendment scholar and also an attorney.

The Conference program begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m and includes lunch.

The Conference brings together access advocates, government officials, lawyers, librarians, journalists, educators and others to discuss the latest issues and developments in Freedom Of Information. It is sponsored by the First Amendment Center in cooperation with the American Library Association.

Cornyn will open the conference with remarks about his efforts in the Senate to strengthen access to government information.

Abrams, who chaired the New York Commission on Public Access to Court Records, will speak on electronic access to court records; Levine, an expert on FOI and press law, will speak on recent Supreme Court and federal court decisions affecting Freedom Of Information.

The FOI DAY Conference comes midway through Sunshine Week which begins on March 13. This is an initiative developed by news media and other organizations to create a public dialogue on the value of open government.

On March 17 Missouri University's Journalism School has organized a program on the Press and Confidential Sources at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Other FOI experts confirmed for the NATIONAL FOI DAY program include Andy Alexander, Cox Newspapers Washington Bureau; Lucy Dalglish, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Robert Deyling, Administrative Office, United States Court System, Jane Kirtley, University of Minnesota; Carol Melamed, Washington Post; Dan Metcalfe, Office of Information and Privacy, Department of Justice; and Pete Weitzel, Coalition for Journalists for Open Government.

The American Library Association also will present its annual James Madison Awards during the luncheon program.

Although there is no charge for the Conference, space is limited so participants must register in advance by sending an e-mail to or by calling 703/284-2805 and leaving a message.

Carol Bain

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