The Villanova Law Review examines fifty years of operation under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) with its annual Norman J. Shachoy Symposium on October 20, 2017. The symposium features a group of distinguished FOIA and transparency scholars, governmental officials, and FOIA requesters and litigants engaging in a probing review of the issues as experienced on the ground.
FOIA was signed into law on July 4, 1966 by President Lyndon Johnson and became operational exactly one year later. This landmark federal transparency law has played an important role in ventilating executive branch controversies and in enabling oversight of the federal executive.
The symposium takes place on Friday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Laurence E. Hirsch '71 Classroom (Room 101) of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law (299 North Spring Mill Road, Villanova). This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 5.5 substantive CLE credits.
Welcome: 9 a.m.
Mark C. Alexander, Arthur J. Kania Dean and Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
Tuan Samahon, Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
Panel 1: 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. “The ‘On the Ground’ Operation of FOIA”
Susan Long, Associate Professor of Managerial Statistics and Director of the TRAC Research Center, Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University
Margaret Kwoka, Associate Professor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Moderated by Suzanne J. Piotrowski, Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University-Newark
Panel 2: 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. “The Press, the Academy and FOIA”
David McCraw, Deputy General Counsel, The New York Times
Jason Leopold, Senior Investigative Reporter, BuzzFeed News
David M. Barrett, Professor of Political Science, Villanova University
Moderated by Terry Mutchler, Mutchler Lyons
Panel 3: 12– 1 p.m. “Congressional Oversight of the Executive Branch”
Katy Rother, Senior Counsel, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, U.S. House of Representatives
Aram A. Gavoor, Visiting Associate Professor of Law, The George Washington University School of Law
Moderated by Catherine J. Lanctot, Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law
Lunch Break: 1– 1:45 p.m.
Panel 4: 1:45 – 3 p.m. “Resolving FOIA Disputes”
Alina Semo, Director, Office of Government Information Services, National Archives and Records Administration
Marcia Berman, Assistant Branch Director, U.S. Department of Justice
Michael Bekesha, Attorney, Judicial Watch, Inc.
Moderated by Margaret Kwoka, Associate Professor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
Panel 5: 3:15 – 4:30 p.m. “State and Global Comparative Perspectives”
Anamarija Musa, Commissioner of Information, Republic of Croatia
Suzanne J. Piotrowski, Associate Professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University-Newark
Richard J. Peltz-Steele, Professor of Law, University of Massachusetts School of Law, Dartmouth
Moderated by Fran Burns, Professor of Practice, Villanova University
The annual Villanova Law Review Symposium is named for Norman J. Shachoy ‘58 COE, ‘61 CWSL who served as Editor-in-Chief, Volume Six of the Villanova Law Review. The naming was made possible through his generous support, along with that of his son N. James Shachoy ‘86 CWSL.
Additional funding provided by the Charles Koch Foundation.