Prying loose public records

  • Event: 2018 New Orleans Watchdog Workshop
  • Speakers: Charles Maldonado of The Lens; Dan Zimmerman of Phelps Dunbar LLP
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Sep. 15 at 9:15am
  • Location: Norman C Francis Building 105 auditorium
  • Audio file: Only members can listen to conference audio

Tips on using FOIA and Louisiana's public records laws to obtain key documents and data for your beat. Learn strategies for crafting solid records requests to get the keep the heat on public officials.

Speaker Bios

  • Charles Maldonado is The Lens’ editor. From 2013 to 2018, Maldonado worked as a Lens staff writer, covering the city of New Orleans and other local government bodies. He previously worked for Gambit, New Orleans’ alternative newsweekly, where he covered city hall, criminal justice and public health. Before moving to New Orleans, he covered state and local government for weekly papers in Nashville. Twitter: @cmaldonadolens

  • Mr. Zimmerman is a staff attorney at Phelps Dunbar in New Orleans, specialzing in media law, first amendment litigation and intellectual property law.  He has successfully litigated on behalf of media clients to obtain the calendar that helped lead to the conviction of former New Orleans Mayor Nagin on corruption charges and the autopsy reports of Katrina victims at Memorial/Baptist hospital.  On the IP side, his has represented Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and Beyoncé. 

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  • Prying loose public records
    Tips on using FOIA and Louisiana's public records laws to obtain key documents and data for your beat, from Charles Maldonado and Dan Zimmerman.