Prying loose public records

  • Event: 2019 Hawaii Watchdog Workshop
  • Speakers: R. Brian Black of Civil Beat Law Center for Public Interest; Sophie Cocke of Honolulu Star-Advertiser
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Feb. 9 at 9:15am
  • Location: Crawford Hall - Room 115
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Get practical advice for writing rock-solid FOIA and Hawaii UIPA requests to obtain key documents and data on your beat. You'll get an overview of the law and learn strategies for filing and tracking requests and dealing with common roadblocks.

Speaker Bios

  • As Executive Director of the Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest, Brian seeks to enhance the public dialogue between government and the community through a better informed citizenry.  Before the Law Center, he worked as a litigator in New York City and as a deputy corporation counsel for the City and County of Honolulu.

  • Sophie Cocke is the political editor at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser where she covers state government and politics. She previously worked for Honolulu Civil Beat and Pacific Business News. She was awarded the Online News Association's 2013 Online Journalism Award for Explanatory Reporting for a series on the Ala Wai Canal, in addition to receiving numerous local journalism awards. She is a graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism in New York.

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