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FOIA News: Symposium - "Fifty Years Under the Freedom of Information Act"

FOIA News (2017)Ryan MulveyComment

Villanova University, Charles Widger School of Law

The 2017 Villanova Law Review Norman J. Shachoy Symposium

"Fifty Years Under the Freedom of Information Act, 1967 - 2017"

October 20, 2017

The Villanova Law Review examines fifty years of operation under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) with its annual Norman J. Shachoy Symposium on October 20, 2017. The symposium features a group of distinguished FOIA and transparency scholars, governmental officials, and FOIA requesters and litigants engaging in a probing review of the issues as experienced on the ground.

FOIA was signed into law on July 4, 1966 by President Lyndon Johnson and became operational exactly one year later. This landmark federal transparency law has played an important role in ventilating executive branch controversies and in enabling oversight of the federal executive.

The symposium takes place on Friday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Laurence E. Hirsch '71 Classroom (Room 101) of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law (299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova). This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 5.5 substantive CLE credits.

Read more (and register) here.