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Full scholarships, registration fee waivers, and discounts are widely available to attorneys and staff working for nonprofit/legal services organizations; pro bono attorneys/volunteers (providing no-fee legal assistance to clients individually or through an organization); government attorneys; judges and judicial law clerks; law professors and law students; senior attorneys (age 65 and over); unemployed attorneys; and others with financial hardships. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

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Since 1966, the Freedom of Information Act has given the public the right to seek a broad range of records from federal administrative agencies and to enforce those rights in Court. Used by individuals, scholars, activists, and corporations, it is a vital tool of democratic accountability and transparency. In this One-Hour Briefing, we will discuss the basics of making FOIA requests, exhausting the administrative appeal process, and litigating failures to disclose in federal court. 

Please join Ghita Schwarz of the Center for Constitutional Rights as she discusses:

  • How to craft and file a FOIA request to a federal agency; 
  • The 9 exemptions from the FOIA that enable the government to withhold certain documents; and
  • Enforcing the FOIA through litigation in federal court.



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