Fourth Annual Freedom of Information Day Celebration

Monday, March 14, 2011
09:30 AM - 06:00 PM
American University Washington College of Law, Room 603
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC


In the United States, Freedom of Information Day is celebrated on or near the March 16 birth-day of James Madison, considered the “Founding Father of Freedom of Information,” as part of what during recent years has become known as Sunshine Week. This program is the fourth annual celebration of Freedom of Information Day held by the Washington College of Law’s Collaboration on Government Secrecy, and this year it serves as the lead event commencing Sunshine Week (March 13-20) among related activities by media and public interest groups. Panels of leading experts and distinguished keynote speakers will discuss major issues of current importance to the openness-in-government community, especially in light of big expectations for concrete success in implementation of Obama Administration trans¬parency policies.

This year, CGS is pleased to announce that Professor Alan B. Morrison, Founding Director of Public Citizen Litigation Group, will give this Freedom of Information Day program’s keynote address. He also will be presented with the 2011 “Robert Vaughn FOIA Legend Award,” in recognition of his singular role in influencing the development of the FOIA through litigation over the course of several decades. As the recipient of last year’s FOIA Legend Award, former White House Chief of Staff John D. Podesta has been invited to present this year’s award.

Presented by WCL’s Collaboration on Government Secrecy



WCL Alumni, AU & WCL Students, Faculty & Staff – no charge
General Public - No Charge
(registration is required)

(5 credit hours) will be applied for as requested to different states.
CLE Accreditation - $ 95.00

For further information, please contact:
Office of Special Events & Continuing Legal Education
American University Washington College of Law
Phone: 202.274.4075; Fax: 202.274.4079; or

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