Tue Feb 6, 2018 6:00pm – 8:00pm

FOIA Bootcamp at Yale Law School

Sponsored by: Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic at Yale Law School

When: Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Where: Yale Law School, 127 Wall Street, Room 120
Speakers: Jennifer Borg, Of Counsel at Pashman Stein Walder Hayden and Eric Lipton, investigative reporter with The New York Times
Dinner will be served

As government transparency faces an uncertain future, the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic (MFIA) at Yale Law School invites you to come learn about the legal tools you can use to keep federal, state, and local governments open and accountable.

Learn how to effectively obtain information through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)—how to draft requests, where to send them, what language you should use and how to work with agencies to avoid going to court.

Hear from an experienced practitioner in the field of media law, open government, and right-of-access issues and an award-winning investigative reporter who uses documents obtained through FOIA in his work.

The event will feature brief presentations by both speakers, followed by a Q & A session.

Jennifer Borg is currently Of Counsel at Pashman Stein Walder Hayden and the former General Counsel and Vice President of North Jersey Media Group Inc. The Company published more than 50 magazines and newspapers—including the award-winning daily newspaper, The Record—as well as the news website, NorthJersey.com. As head of the Legal Department, Ms. Borg handled all First Amendment issues and right-of-access claims, as well as all the company’s litigation and transactional matters. She is a fierce advocate of open and transparent government. In 2014, she successfully litigated many cases under New Jersey’s Open Public Records Act helping The Record in its award-winning breaking news coverage of “Bridgegate.” Ms. Borg received her J.D. from Columbia and her B.A. from Denison University.

Eric Lipton is a Washington-based investigative reporter with The New York Times who has spent the last year writing about the Trump administration’s efforts to rollback federal environmental rules and other regulations intended to protect public health and safety. He won Pulitzer Prizes in 1992 for explanatory journalism and 2015 for investigative reporting, and again in 2017 for foreign reporting, as part of a team of reporters at The New York Times that examined the role Russia played in interfering with the 2016 presidential election. He previously worked at The Washington Post and The Hartford Courant after graduating from The University of Vermont with a degree in philosophy and history.

This event is open to the general public. It may be of particular interest to law students, journalists, non-profits, and community activists.

Admission: Free
Yale Law School, Room 120
127 Wall Street
New Haven
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