This half-day workshop will cover the essentials for becoming a public records power sleuth – the key elements for mastering the art of access. David Cuillier, associate professor at the University of Arizona and co-author of The Art of Access, and Grace I. Cheng, Director of Practical Law Government Practice at Thomson Reuters, will lead you through the fundamentals, as well as the latest research and tools, including:
* Cool records/data and how to find them, including online resources for identifying records and dozens of examples of data worth dipping into
* Art of the ask: Learning the law, effective request techniques and online tools to assist, such as iFOIA
* Overcoming denials: How to use psychological strategies, effective appeals, and how to go about suing, even on your own
* Understanding how FOIA officers think and how to better work with them
Note: Master classes will not be available on demand after the conference.