New Jersey Foundation For Open Government To Host Open Government Workshop

Posted: August 22, 2012 in County Wide

The New Jersey Foundation for Open government will host a discussion on “Open Government” Saturday September 22, 2012 at Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Road, in Branchburg.  The discussion includes expert speakers, breakfast and lunch.  The program runs from 9:30 to 3:30.  An excellent way to learn about government transparency and your rights.

The New Jersey Foundation for Open Government

will host an

Open Government Workshop

Saturday, September 22nd

The New Jersey Foundation for Open Government is hosting a statewide workshop for all New Jersey residents to learn about a citizen’s right to attend public meetings and access public records. The workshop will offer advice of expert attorneys, best practices from government employees and officials, as well as lessons learned from citizen activists. Take part in panel discussions and hands on workshops throughout the day.

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided

Speakers include:

Walter Luers, Esq.
Attorney and President of NJFOG

John Paff
Chairman of NJ Libertarian Party’s Open Government Advocacy Project

Tom McLeod, Esq.

Ian Shore
Former Municipal Clerk

Krystal Knapp

Cost: $15 online / $20 at the door

Students $3.00 with valid student ID

This event has limited seating.
Please reserve your seat online by visiting

Workshop Schedule

9:30am to 10am

10am to 10:15am
Opening Remarks

Walter Luers Esq., President, NJFOG

10:15am to 11:15am
Proposed Legislative Changes to OPRA and OPMA

Walter Luers Esq. and John Paff

11:15am to 12pm
ACLU-NJ’s Open Governance Project

Tom McLeod, Esq.

12pm to 1:15pm
Lunch and Awards Ceremony

1:15pm to 1:30pm


1:30pm to 2:15pm
Key OPRA and OPMA Policy Issues and
Related Judicial Decisions and GRC Opinions

Walter Luers, Esq. and John Paff

2:15pm to 2:45pm
OPRA Requests: How to Write a Proper Request

Krystal Knapp and Ian Shore

2:45pm to 3:15pm
OPMA: The Law Regarding How Minutes Should Be Kept;

Video Recordings of Meeting by the Public

Ian Shore and John Paff

3:15pm to 3:30pm
Questions and Comments

About NJFOG – The New Jersey Foundation for Open Government seeks to increase transparency, accountability, honesty and democracy in government at all levels by defending and expanding public access to government records and meetings.

NJFOG is the only organization in New Jersey with the sole mission of protecting and expanding public access to government records and meetings. Established in January 2001, it is a statewide coalition of organizations and individuals who support open government. NJFOG is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and a member of the National Freedom of Information Coalition. It is governed by an elected board of directors representing both organizational and individual members. In addition to Dues from Members, NJFOG has received funding from the National Freedom of Information Coalition, the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation and Rutgers Law School in Newark.
For more information about the New Jersey Foundation for Open Government, please visit our website at or email Walter Luers, Esq. at

Funding credit for this event – NJFOG received funding from the NJFOIC through a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Established in 1950, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation makes national grants in journalism, education, and arts and culture. Its fourth program, community initiatives, is concentrated in 26 communities where the Knight brothers published newspapers, but the foundation is wholly separated from and independent of those newspapers.

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