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Sign up for office hours with legal experts at IRE15

Does your investigation involve complex legal questions? Maybe you're trying to access sealed court records, communicate with confidential sources or fight for public records.

We’ll have three opportunities for IRE Conference attendees to talk with legal experts in one-on-one or small group settings.  

  • The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press will hold office hours Thursday, June 4 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. You can sign up online for a 15-minute session and get one-on-one advice from a RCFP representative. Katie Townsend, RCFP's Litigation Director; Hannah Bloch-Wehba, its Stanton Foundation Fellow; and Jenn Henrichsen, its First Look Media Technology Fellow, will be on site to answer questions. Spots are limited. Sign up* for RCFP office hours.
  • If you’re looking for help with a federal Freedom of Information Act request, make an appointment for office hours with The Office of Government Information Services (OGIS). Carrie McGuire, who leads OGIS's mediation program, will be available at the IRE Conference for 20-minute, one-on-one help sessions. If applicable, bring copies of your FOIA request, the agency’s response letter, your appeal letter, and the agency’s final response. Spots are limited. Sign up* for OGIS office hours.
  • If you’d like to talk about legal challenges in a small group, stop by the media lawyers brown bag on Friday, June 5 at 12:45 p.m. Prominent media law experts will help facilitate a discussion with attendees. You don’t need to sign up for a spot at the brown bag, but be prepared to bring your lunch. We’ll provide drinks and dessert.

*When you sign up online you’ll be asked to provide your phone number and email address. These will be provided to the RCFP and OGIS representatives in case they need to contact you directly. If you have problems signing up, contact Sarah Hutchins at

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