Third Annual Freedom of Information Day Celebration

Speaker Biographies


Jason Allen is a senior research assistant for the Collaboration on Government Secrecy. A third-year student at the Washington College of Law, he now is in his third academic semester of being a vital part of CGS. Jason holds an undergraduate degree in political science from Ohio State University, where he attended on an academic scholarship, and he also works for the National District Attorneys Association. He plans to take the Maryland bar exam and pursue a career in government service upon graduation in May 2010.


Tom Blanton is Director of the National Security Archive at George Washington University in Washington D.C. The Archive won U.S. journalism's George Polk Award in April 2000 for "piercing self-serving veils of government secrecy, guiding journalists in search for the truth, and informing us all." The Los Angeles Times (16 January 2001) described the Archive as "the world's largest nongovernmental library of declassified documents." Mr. Blanton served as the Archive's first Director of Planning & Research beginning in 1986, became Deputy Director in 1989, and became Director in 1992. He filed his first Freedom of Information Act request in 1976 as a weekly newspaper reporter in Minnesota; and among many hundreds subsequently, he filed the FOIA request and subsequent lawsuit (with Public Citizen Litigation Group) that forced the release of Oliver North's Iran-contra diaries in 1990. His books include White House E-Mail: The Top Secret Computer Messages the Reagan-Bush White House Tried to Destroy (New York: The New Press, 1995, 254 pp. + computer disk), which The New York Times described as "a stream of insights into past American policy, spiced with depictions of White House officials in poses they would never adopt for a formal portrait." He co-authored The Chronology (New York: Warner Books, 1987, 687 pp.) on the Iran-contra affair, and served as a contributing author to three editions of the ACLU's authoritative guide, Litigation Under the Federal Open Government Laws, and to the Brookings Institution study Atomic Audit: The Costs and Consequences of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Since 1940 (Washington, D.C.: Brookings, 1998, 680 pp.). His articles have appeared in The International Herald-Tribune, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Slate, the Wilson Quarterly, and many other publications. A graduate of Harvard University, where he was an editor of the independent university daily newspaper The Harvard Crimson, he won Harvard's 1979 Newcomen Prize in history. He also received the 1996 American Library Association James Madison Award Citation for "defending the public's right to know." Additionally, he is a founding editorial board member of, the virtual network of international freedom of information advocates; and serves on the editorial board of H-DIPLO, the diplomatic history electronic bulletin board, and on the board of directors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, among other professional activities.


Jay Bosanko was appointed as the Director of the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO) in April of 2008. As such, he is responsible for policy oversight of the Government-wide security classification system and the National Industrial Security Program. ISOO receives its policy and program guidance from the National Security Council and is a component of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). In this capacity, Mr. Bosanko also serves as the Executive Secretary of the Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel and the Public Interest Declassification Board and as the Chairman of the National Industrial Security Program Policy Advisory Committee. Mr. Bosanko has more than sixteen years of experience working issues related to the classification, safeguarding, and declassification of classified national security information, more than ten of which have been in positions of increasing responsibility at ISOO. On May 21, 2008, Mr. Bosanko was also appointed as the Director of NARA's Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) Office. In this capacity, Mr. Bosanko carries out the responsibilities of NARA as the Executive Agent under the President's Memorandum of May 9, 2008, "Designation and Sharing of Controlled Unclassified Information." These responsibilities include overseeing and managing the implementation of the CUI Framework as well as serving as the Chairman of the CUI Council, a subcommittee of the Information Sharing Council. Prior to joining ISOO in December of 1998, Mr. Bosanko worked on NARA's Special Access and FOIA Staff and NARA's Records Declassification Division. Mr. Bosanko holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Susquehanna University (Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania).


Charles Davis is an associate professor at the Missouri School of journalism and Executive Director for the National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC), which now is headquartered there. His scholarly research focuses on access to governmental information and media law. He has published in law reviews and scholarly journals on issues ranging from federal and state freedom of information laws to libel law, privacy and broadcast regulation. He has earned a Sunshine Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for his work in furthering freedom of information and the University of Missouri-Columbia Provost's Award for Outstanding Junior Faculty Teaching, as well as the Faculty-Alumni Award. In 2009, he was named the Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Teacher of the Year. Most recently, he co-authored a book entitled "The Art of Access: Strategies for Acquiring Public Records" (CQ Press, 2010).

Professor Davis has been a primary investigator for a research grant from the James S. and John L. Knight Foundation for NFOIC and another from the Rockefeller Family Fund for the study of homeland security and freedom of information issues. He was a co-investigator for an award from the Department of State for a curriculum reform project for Moscow State University in Russia. He worked for newspapers and as a national correspondent for Lafferty Publications, a Dublin-based news wire service for financial publications, and reported on banking, e-commerce and regulatory issues for seven years before leaving full-time journalism in 1993. He completed a master's degree from the University of Georgia's Henry W. Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communication and earned a doctorate in mass communication from the University of Florida in 1995. He received his bachelor's degree from North Georgia College.


Norm Eisen is Special Counsel to the President for Ethics and Government Reform, a position from which he plays a central role in the development and implementation of transparency policy in the Obama Administration. Previously, he was the Deputy General Counsel of the Presidential Transition Team, holding lead responsibility for ethics matters. Before that he was a partner at Zuckerman Spaeder LLP in Washington D.C., where he served as co-chair of the firm's Public Client Practice and acted as outside counsel to governmental clients in a wide array of matters, including internal investigations and ethics counseling, and handled white-collar, congressional, and other governmental investigations during his 17-plus years at the firm. Mr. Eisen also was a co-founder of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). He received his bachelor's degree from Brown University in 1985 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1991.


Sharon Bradford Franklin serves as Senior Counsel at The Constitution Project, an independent think tank that promotes and defends constitutional safeguards. She works principally with the Project's bipartisan Liberty and Security Committee, seeking to protect Americans' civil liberties as well as our nation's security post-September 11th. Previously, she served as a Trial Attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice; as a Special Counsel in the Office of General Counsel at the Federal Communications Commission; and as Executive Director of the Washington Council of Lawyers. She graduated from Harvard College and Yale Law School.


Mike German holds the position of National Security Policy Counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union. Prior to that, he served for 16 years as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he specialized in domestic terrorism and covert operations and twice infiltrated right-wing extremist groups, resulting in important criminal convictions in anti-terrorism cases. He left the FBI in 2004, subsequently testifying before Congress that he had been retaliated against for reporting the intentional falsification of records in a counterterrorism investigation. He also has served as a senior fellow at and as an adjunct professor at the National Defense University. A philosophy graduate of Wake Forest University, he has a law degree from Northwestern University Law School.


Kevin Goldberg is a Special Counsel to Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, P.L.C. His expertise is in First Amendment issues, especially those relating to newspaper and Internet publishing. He regularly advocates issues involving freedom of speech on behalf of press organizations, including lobbying against a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow criminalization of flag desecration, lobbying in favor of increased access to government records and proceedings, and protecting the rights and privileges of reporters. Kevin also consults regularly with these organizations concerning the continued freedom of speech on the Internet, focusing on issues such as regulation and voluntary implementation of blocking software. He assists newspapers and television and radio stations in prepublication review of stories for possible legal problems.

Kevin's interest in the First Amendment stems from an undergraduate major in communications, with concentrations in TV/Radio and Journalism, at James Madison University, from which he graduated magna cum laude in 1992. After graduating from James Madison, he attended law school at George Washington University, where he graduated with high honors in 1995 and was named to the Order of the Coif. Kevin received the 1995 Imogene Williford Constitutional Law Award for his exemplary achievements in that academic area during his three years of law school. He served as the research assistant to Constitutional Law Professor C. Thomas Dienes, assisting him in updating and editing his books on constitutional law and researching issues concerning access to court proceedings and judicial records for the book Newsgathering and the Law.

Kevin is licensed to practice in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. In addition to his law practice, he is an adjunct professor at George Mason University, where he teaches Journalism Law. He is a member of Board of Directors of the District of Columbia's Public Access Television Corporation and the Advisory Board of the Collaboration on Government Secrecy, as well as the local charity "United for DC," the charitable arm of DC United. He is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association, the District of Columbia Open Government Coalition, and the Virginia Coalition for Open Government. He has also written several articles on First Amendment and FOI laws, a regular speaker and panelist on conferences on the subjects in the United States and overseas and a frequent media commentator.


Thomas Golden is a partner in the Litigation Department of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP in New York City. He specializes in media and First Amendment, employment, and securities matters, and he also has significant experience in the areas of corporate governance, governmental investigations, and appellate practice. A graduate of New York University School of Law, he is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and its Committee on Federal Courts. He is the principal outside litigation counsel for Bloomberg L.P.


Claudio Grossman is Professor of Law and Dean of American University Washington College of Law and the Raymond Geraldson Scholar for International and Humanitarian Law. Since his appointment as dean in 1995, WCL has further developed its intellectual creativity, pursuing numerous and exciting initiatives. For example, more than 30 full-time faculty members have been hired, dramatically improving the law school's student-faculty ratio and expanding and enhancing scholarship, teaching and service. New WCL programs have been developed during Dean Grossman's tenure, including: dual JD Programs with institutions in Canada, France, Spain and Australia, the LL.M. in Law and Government Program, the Supervised Externship Program, the S.J.D. Program, a dual LL.M./MBA, new LL.M. specializations in Gender and the Law and in Free Trade Agreements and Regional Integration, summer and semester abroad programs, the International Arbitration Program, a new Intellectual Property Program, as well as new clinics in IP, Disability Rights Law, and an evening section of the Civil Practice Clinic, and integrated sections in the first year so as to promote interconnectedness among the different law courses.

Dean Grossman was elected Chair of the United Nations Committee against Torture in April 2008, where he has been a member since 2003 and previously served as Vice Chair (2003-2008). He is also a member of the Commission for the Control of Interpol's Files (since February 2005), as well as Chair of the Committee on International Cooperation of the Association of American Law Schools. In May 2009, Dean Grossman was named to the judging panel for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights.

Dean Grossman served as President of the College of the Americas (COLAM), an organization of colleges and universities in the Western Hemisphere, from November 2003-November 2007. He was also a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) from 1993-2001. He was twice elected its President, first in 1996 and again in 2001. He also served twice as the IACHR's First Vice President (2000-2001, 1995-1996) and Second Vice President (1999-2000). Dean Grossman was the IACHR's Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women (1996-2000), Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Populations (2000-2001), and Observer of the AMIA Trial (2001-2005). Representing the IACHR, he participated in missions to Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, and Peru, among others. On behalf of international and non-governmental organizations, he has also chaired or participated in missions to observe elections in Nepal, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Romania, Surinam, and the Middle East.

Dean Grossman is the author of numerous publications on international law and human rights (see He has also received numerous awards for his work with human rights and international law, including the René Cassin Award from B'nai B'rith International in Chile and the Harry LeRoy Jones Award from the Washington Foreign Law Society. In October 2000, Dean Grossman was named Outstanding Dean of the Year by the National Association of Public Interest Law (now known as Equal Justice Works). In addition, the Inter American Press Association named Dean Grossman as the recipient of the Chapultepec Grand Prize 2002 for his achievements in the field of human rights and his work and commitment to promoting and protecting the freedom of expression and of the press for all people. In 2007, Dean Grossman received the Simón Bolívar Award from the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation in recognition of his lifetime achievements in promoting human rights, and the Charles Norberg International Lawyer of the Year Award from the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Inter-American Bar Association. Dean Grossman is a member of numerous associations, including the Inter-American Institute for Human Rights, for which he is a member of the Board of Directors.


Matt Johnson is Chief Counsel to Senator John Cornyn for the Senate Judiciary Committee and has worked on Senate Judiciary Committee issues such as judicial nominations, immigration, and intellectual property for several years. In 2007, he was most heavily involved in the bi-partisan efforts of Senator Cornyn and Senator Patrick Leahy that led to enactment of the 2007 FOIA Amendments. He holds a J.D. from Notre Dame Law School, where he was on the law review, and he received his B.A. in 1999 from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.


Will Kammer has been working with the Freedom of Information Act and declassification fields since 1991. He has served in various management assignments with the Office of Freedom of Information (OFOI), Department of Defense, since October 1998, was selected as Chief of OFOI in August 2005, and was named Chief of the Defense Freedom of Information Policy Office in January 2006. Will has taught courses on the FOIA for the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, and other government agencies, and for the American Society of Access Professionals. He was given the annual Outstanding FOIA Officer Award by the Department of Justice's Office of Information and Privacy in March 2006.

Prior to joining OFOI, Will served as a FOIA action officer in the Joint Staff from 1991-1995 and was responsible for developing and implementing the Joint Staff Automatic Declassification plan in 1996. He was the principal declassifying official for the Joint Staff Automatic Declassification program from 1996-1998. Will began his career with the Department of Defense in 1984, serving as an Ammunition Surveillance Specialist with the Department of the Army and as an Investigator with the Defense Investigative Service prior to joining the Joint Staff in 1991.


Matt Kronisch has been the Associate General Counsel for Intelligence at the Department of Homeland Security since 2006. He also is Co-Chair for the Presidential Interagency Task Force on Controlled Unclassified Information. Prior to his current positions, he also served as the Assistant for Inspections to the Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Oversight and as a legal advisor, trial counsel, and appellate counsel while an Officer in the U.S. Navy. A graduate of Georgetown Law Center, he also has been an Assistant General Counsel at Tyco Telecommunications and is a Member of the Board of Governors of the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists.


Born in Montpelier, raised across the street from the Statehouse, and edu cated in Montpelier and Colchester, Patrick Leahy has spent most of his adult life working for Vermonters. After graduating from Saint Michael's College in 1961, he earned his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in 1964. He then returned to Vermont to the private practice of law and then, for the next eight years, served as the State's Attorney in Chittenden County, where he gained a national reputation for his law enforcement work. In 1974, at the age of 34, he became the first Democrat who Vermonters have ever elected to the United States Senate, where he now ranks eighth in seniority. He serves as Chairman of the Judiciary Committee and of the Foreign Operations Subcommittee. He also serves on the Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry Committee and on the Appropriations Committee, where he is a member of the Defense, Interior, Homeland Security, VA-HUD, and Commerce-Justice-State subcommittees.

As a senior member of the Agriculture Committee, Senator Leahy played instrumental roles in creating the Farmland Protection Program and the Milk Income Loss Compensation (MILC) program, and in extending the Conservation Reserve Program. He has been a long-time supporter of the organic movement and is often called the "father of organics." He helped Vermont's and the nation's organic industry grow from near obscurity when he wrote and passed the Organic Foods Production Act in 1990. The Leahy charter for organic agriculture has helped it grow into an $11 billion-a-year sector of the American economy. As the Chairman of the Agriculture Committee's Subcommittee on Research, Nutrition, and General Legislation, Senator Leahy champions effective child nutrition programs. He has developed bipartisan support for addressing the nation's obesity crisis and led efforts to implement hands-on nutrition education programs in our schools. He also reached across the aisle to coauthor legislation that would enable the Secretary of Agriculture to more efficiently control the sale of junk food and soft drinks in schools that participate in the federal School Lunch Program.

As the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Senator Leahy has authored, advocated, and enacted a wide range of anti-crime and anti-drug initiatives. He wrote the charter for the current federal grant program for the nation's first-responders, and Pat Leahy's all-state minimum for the program's formula has brought millions of federal equipment dollars to Vermont's police, fire, and EMS units. In his Judiciary Committee role, Senator Leahy also gives Vermonters a leading voice in confirming nominations to the federal courts. The Framers of the U.S. Constitution gave the Senate an important role to play in ensuring that the federal bench would not simply be an arm of the Executive Branch, and Senator Leahy has consistently fought to keep the courts from becoming an extension of either political party. He points out that our independent federal judiciary is the envy of the world, and he fights to keep it independent.

Senator Leahy also is the co-chair of the Senate's 85-member National Guard Caucus. He has fought to improve access to health care, education, and retirement benefits for Vermont's citizen-soldiers and to make sure that they are treated equally with the active forces. In recognition of his service to our men and women in uniform, he has been awarded the George Washington Freedom Award from the Adjutants General of the U.S. Association, the Eagle Award from the Enlisted National Guard Association, and the Harry S. Truman Award for "sustained contributions of exceptional and far-reaching magnitude to the defense and security of the United States in a manner worthy of recognition at the national level."

Sometimes referred to as the "cyber senator," Senator Leahy was the second senator to post an official homepage on the Internet. Since its creation in 1995, the Leahy Senate website has often won awards as one of the Senate's best. His interest in technology also led him to co-found the Congressional Internet Caucus, which he co-chairs, and to spearhead efforts to expand broadband access to Vermont. Mindful of new hazards presented by the Internet, he is also a leader in the effort to protect intellectual property rights and privacy. Senator Leahy also is widely known as having been the leading champion of freedom of information in Congress over the past three decades, a vital role that he has played through both legislative reform and keen congressional oversight. Among his many honors and distinctions in that and other areas of public policy and law, he is the recipient of the Collaboration on Government Secrecy's 2009 Robert Vaughn FOIA Legend Award.


Sharon Mar is a policy analyst in the Information Policy branch of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). She is the OIRA lead for the Department of Education, Corporation for National Community Service, National Science Foundation, and Economic Development Administration. Her responsibilities include reviewing major regulatory actions and information collection requests by these agencies. She also works with senior OMB officials to help develop and coordinate OMB's policies related to issues ranging from grants, FOIA and privacy. Sharon holds a Master's of Science degree in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.


Grace Mastalli is the president of Ethos International, Inc., which she co-founded in 2007 following an extensive federal career, primarily at the Department of Justice. During her federal service, she had the distinction of serving under six Attorneys General and of becoming one of the highest-ranking career officials not only of the Justice Department but also of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). At the Justice Department, she held three of the most senior positions available to non-political appointees -- Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Associate Deputy Attorney General, and Deputy Associate Attorney General – and had responsibility for the development of policy on the handling of "worst case scenario" information, the precursor to "sensitive homeland security information." She served at the Department of Homeland Security from 2003-2007, where as the highest-ranking career official in the Office of the General Counsel she helped manage the work of the more than 1700 lawyers serving that new 180,000-person agency. At DHS, she had substantive responsibilities in ethics, privacy, intelligence, national security, immigration, procurement, and regulatory matters, among others. As Director of the DHS Information and Collaboration Office, she chaired the Interagency Working Group on Sensitive But Unclassified (SBU) Information and developed comprehensive recommendations for sweeping reform of federal policy with regard to what then became known as "controlled unclassified information." She attended Reed College, the University of Denver, University of Maryland College of Law, and Georgetown University Graduate School of Government. She is a member of the D.C. bar and also has been an adjunct professor at American University's School of Public Affairs, specializing in Public Policy and American Legal Culture.


Dan Metcalfe joined the faculty of the Washington College of Law in 2007 as a Faculty Fellow in Law and Government upon retiring from a career in government service that began at the Department of Justice in 1971. He now is both an adjunct professor at WCL and Executive Director of the school's Collaboration on Government Secrecy. A 1976 graduate of the National Law Center at George Washington University, where he was a law review editor and attended on a full academic scholarship, he worked at the Justice Department as both a teenage intern during college and a law clerk in the Office of the Attorney General during law school. In 1981, after a judicial clerkship and serving as a Justice Department trial attorney, he was appointed to the position of founding director of the Department's Office of Information and Privacy (OIP). For more than a quarter-century in that position, he guided all federal agencies on the governmentwide administration of the Freedom of Information Act, directly supervised the defense of more than 500 FOIA and Privacy Act lawsuits in district and appellate courts, testified before Congress on FOIA legislation, and met with representatives of nearly 100 nations and international governing bodies as they considered the development and implementation of their own government transparency laws. He became a career member of the Senior Executive Service in 1984, the youngest Justice Department attorney then and since to hold such a position, and he also has been appointed as an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at University College London. He currently is writing a textbook on secrecy law together with WCL Professor Stephen I. Vladeck for publication by Carolina Academic Press and is the author of several publications, most recently The Nature of Government Secrecy, 26 Gov't Info. Quarterly 305 (2009), and Sunshine Not So Bright: FOIA Implementation Lags Behind, 34 Admin. & Reg. L. News 5 (Summer 2009). He also recently became a contributing editor of the Administrative Law & Regulatory News publication of the American Bar Association's Section of Administrative Law.


John Podesta is the President and CEO of the Center for American Progress, which under his leadership has become a notable leader in the development of and advocacy for progressive policy. Prior to founding the Center in 2003, Mr. Podesta served as White House Chief of Staff to President William J. Clinton. He served in the president's cabinet and as a principal on the National Security Council. While in the White House, he also served as both an assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff, as well as staff secretary and a senior policy advisor on government information, privacy, telecommunications security, and regulatory policy. Most recently, Mr. Podesta served as co-chair of President Obama's transition team, where he coordinated the priorities of the incoming Administration's agenda, oversaw the development of its policies, and spearheaded its appointments of major cabinet secretaries and political appointees.

Additionally, Mr. Podesta has held numerous positions on Capitol Hill, including counselor to Democratic Leader Senator Thomas A. Daschle (1995-1996); chief counsel for the Senate Agriculture Committee (1987-1988); and chief minority counsel for the Senate Judiciary Subcommittees on Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks, on Security and Terrorism, and on Regulatory Reform. A Chicago native, he is a graduate of Knox College and Georgetown University Law Center, where he currently is a visiting professor of law. He also authored The Power of Progress: How America's Progressives Can (Once Again) Save Our Economy, Our Climate, and Our Country.


Adina Rosenbaum is Director of the Freedom of Information Clearinghouse at the Public Citizen Litigation Group, in Washington, D.C., where she has practiced since September 2004. Ms. Rosenbaum received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude in 1998 and earning membership in Phi Beta Kappa. In 2003, she graduated from the New York University School of Law, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and an editor of the New York University Law Review. Following law school, Ms. Rosenbaum clerked for the Honorable Martha Craig Daughtrey of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Her practice areas at the litigation group include general appellate litigation, open government, consumer safety, and first amendment issues. Many of her cases involve access to records under the Freedom of Information Act. Ms. Rosenbaum is admitted to the District of Columbia and New York bars, is an inactive member of the Massachusetts bar, and is admitted to practice before numerous federal courts.


Marc Rotenberg is Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in Washington, D.C. He teaches information privacy law at Georgetown University Law Center and has testified before Congress on many issues, including access to information, encryption policy, consumer protection, computer security, and communications privacy. He testified before the 9-11 Commission on "Security and Liberty: Protecting Privacy, Preventing Terrorism." Marc has served on several national and international advisory panels, including the expert panels on Cryptography Policy and Computer Security for the OECD, the Legal Experts on Cyberspace Law for UNESCO, and the Countering Spam program of the ITU. He currently chairs the ABA Committee on Privacy and Information Protection and he is the former Chair of the Public Interest Registry, which manages the .ORG domain. He also is editor of Privacy and Human Rights and The Privacy Law Sourcebook, and co-editor (with Daniel J. Solove and Paul Schwartz) of Information Privacy Law (Aspen Publishing 2007). A graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School, he served as Counsel to Senator Patrick J. Leahy on the Senate Judiciary Committee after graduation from law school. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the recipient of several awards, including the World Technology Award in Law. A tournament chess player, Marc won the 2007 and 2008 Washington, D.C. Chess Championships.


Mark Tapscott is editorial page editor of The Washington Examiner and a member of The Examiner Newspapers' national editorial board. He also is proprietor of Tapscott's Copy Desk blog, author of the long-running "Behind the Wheel" automotive column, and proprietor of the Tapscott Behind the Wheel blog. Before joining The Examiner in 2006, he was director of the Center for Media and Public Policy at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., where he worked from October 1999 and founded the foundation's widely praised Database 101/201 Computer-Assisted Research and Reporting Boot Camps at the National Press Club. More than 200 editors, reporters, producers, and researchers representing virtually every major news organization have graduated from the CARR boot camps since 2000. He continues serving as Visiting Journalism Fellow at the Heritage Foundation and was voted Conservative Journalist of the Year for 2008 by the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Mr. Tapscott also was inducted into the National Freedom of Information Act Hall of Fame in Mach 2006 and has been recognized by the National Press Foundation for his contributions to journalism education. He has testified before committees of the Senate and House of Representatives on FOIA and other transparency-in-government issues, and he has appeared on FOX News and CNN on these issues and others as well. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Media Bloggers Association and an advisor to He has been recognized by the National Press Foundation for his contributions to journalism education.

Prior to his Heritage Foundation tenure, Mr. Tapscott was a managing editor for The Journal Newspapers from 1995 until 1999. Before that, he was Washington editor of Defense Electronics from 1991 to 1994. His journalism career began as a general assignment reporter at The Washington Times in 1985, where he ultimately advanced to business editor, national editor, and, finally, assistant managing editor for night news. He started writing the Behind the Wheel column at The Washington Times in 1985 and was a founding member of the Washington Automotive Press Association that year. Before his journalism career, Mr. Tapscott was Assistant Director for Public Affairs of the Office of Personnel Management and publications director at the Republican National Committee during the Reagan Administration, following his work in the Reagan-Bush presidential campaign of 1980. A 1972 graduate of Oklahoma State University, he was also press secretary to a U.S. senator and two U.S. congressmen between 1977 and 1980.


Henry Whitaker is an appellate litigator in the Civil Division of the Department of Justice. He has handled a wide range of appellate matters, and is collaborating with longtime FOIA litigation attorney Leonard Schaitman on the pending AT&T v. FCC case, which raises the question of whether corporations have "personal privacy" rights under the FOIA. He previously practiced at the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, and clerked both for Chief Judge David B. Sentelle of the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court. Mr. Whitaker has a J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School and a B.A., magna cum laude, with distinction in philosophy, from Yale College.

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