Government accountability workshops held during Sunshine Week

Published: 3/14/2022 10:03:35 AM
Modified: 3/14/2022 10:03:22 AM

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides for the “right of the people to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” But what does that mean and how does it work?

On March 14, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communications and the New England First Amendment Coalition are celebrating Sunshine Week with an expert, online panel discussion, Keeping the Light On: Holding Government Accountable.

This webinar will examine the values of open and responsive government and how we all play a role. The conversation, moderated by Casey McDermott, reporter and editor at New Hampshire Public Radio, will feature Gilles Bissonnette, Legal Director, ACLU, New Hampshire; The Honorable N. William Delker, Justice, NH Superior Court; Emily Gray Rice, City Solicitor, City of Manchester, NH and Gregory V. Sullivan, Malloy & Sullivan, a First Amendment Law specialist and board member of both host organizations.

This event is free and open to the public. It will be hosted online and pre-registration is required. To register, visit the Nackey S. Loeb School’s website

On March 16, Attorney Gregory V. Sullivan will host an online session for the New England First Amendment Coalition on Public Record Appeals: Learn How to Fight Back When Your Records Request is Denied.

The New England First Amendment Coalition is continuing its introductory series on public record laws with new classes on the appeal process for individual states and the federal Freedom of Information Act. Introductory content, Introduction to Public Records Law and a collection of three stories about public records cases in New Hampshire, are online modules, hosted by Emily Sweeney of The Boston Globe. These can be viewed at any time at On March 16 at 6 p.m., Attorney Sullivan will explain how to appeal a public records request denial and provide tips on how to obtain records when an agency claims they are exempt from disclosure. This event is free and open to the public. Registration is at

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