John D. Podesta to Give Keynote Address at Third Annual Freedom of Information Day Conference
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, DC, March 12, 2010 – John D. Podesta, president of the Center for American Progress, will give the keynote address at American University Washington College of Law’s “Third Annual Freedom of Information Day Celebration,” March 16, 2010, from 8:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will introduce Podesta and present him with the 2010 “Robert Vaughn FOIA Legend Award,” which is given each year by WCL’s Collaboration on Government Secrecy. During the conference, leading transparency experts will discuss major openness‐in‐government issues, including major FOIA litigation cases, the FOIA backlog reduction under the Open Government Directive, “pseudosecrecy,” and other topics.
Speakers include representatives from the Department of Justice, American Civil Liberties Union, National Security Archive, the Department of Defense, the Washington Examiner, and many other groups.
In the United States, ʺFreedom of Information Dayʺ is celebrated each year on March 16, which kicks off what is now known as ʺSunshine Week.” This third annual FOI Day celebration helps launch a ʺSunshine Weekʺ (March 14-20) of related activities by media and public interest groups nationwide.
To register for the conference go to www.wcl.american.edu/secle/registration. The program is presented by the Collaboration on Government Secrecy (CGS).
When: March 16, 2010
8:45 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Where: American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20016, Room 603
Full Conference Schedule
8:45 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:40 a.m. Introduction -- Claudio M. Grossman, Dean and Professor of Law, WCL
Award Presentation -- Senator Patrick Leahy, Chairman, Senate Judiciary Committee
Keynote Address -- John D. Podesta, President, Center for American Progress
10:50 a.m. Panel One: Big Freedom of Information Act Litigation Cases
Thomas H. Golden, Partner, Willkie, Farr & Gallagher
Marc Rotenberg, Executive Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center
Leonard Schaitman, Assistant Director, Appellate Staff, Civil Division, Department of Justice
Arthur B. Spitzer, Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union of the National Capital Area
Thomas S. Blanton, Director, National Security Archive (moderator)
12:10 p.m. Panel Two: Backlog Reduction Under the Open Government Directive
Charles N. Davis, Executive Director, National Freedom of Information Coalition
William T. Kammer, Chief, Freedom of Information Policy Office, Department of Defense
Sharon M. Mar, Policy Analyst, Information Policy Branch, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, OMB
Mark Tapscott, Editorial Page Editor, The Washington Examiner
1:10 p.m. Luncheon Address -- Norman L. Eisen, Special Counsel to the President
2:30 p.m. Panel Three: Pseudosecrecy, From SHSI to SBU to CUI
William J. Bosanko, Director, Information Security Oversight Office, NARA
Michael German, National Security Policy Counsel, ACLU
Matthew L. Kronisch, Associate General Counsel for Intelligence, DHS
Grace M. Mastalli, President, Ethos International, and Former Associate Deputy Attorney General
Sharon Bradford Franklin, Senior Counsel, The Constitution Project (moderator)
4:00 p.m. Panel Four: Exemption Three Going Forward
Jason I. Allen, Senior Research Assistant, CGS
Kevin M. Goldberg, Special Counsel, Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, P.L.C.
Matthew L. Johnson, Chief Counsel to Senator John Cornyn for Senate Judiciary Committee
Adina H. Rosenbaum, Director, FOI Clearinghouse, Public Citizen Litigation Group
5:00 p.m. Reception