Get smart with open government

The New Mexico Foundation legal review committee members along with two guest instructors spent a day training attorneys, journalists and interested citizens about open government legal issues during the group’s annual continuing legal education training program on Nov 3 in Albuquerque.

The informative sessions focused on recent court decisions and controversies surrounding government transparency.

Legal insights and thoughtful analysis

This year’s lineup featured New Mexico Foundation for Open Government’s own attorneys, journalists and invited expert guest facilitators.  Together they will analyze the impact of recent court decisions, discuss the complexities of government-imposed copying fees, recap transparency measures that lawmakers debated during the 2017 Legislature and discuss how technology could improve the public’s access to the Legislature as well as the challenges the courts face providing the public online, on-demand access to court records.

Hot Topics Just Added to Course Lineup

Social media posts by government employees and public officials present a new records retention challenge for attorneys representing public entitles.

Get guidelines on how to define social media posts and learn about the legal requirements for documenting the disposition of public records.  Registrants will also hear the best practices for managing records created on employees’ own electronic devices, including text messages.

NMFOG relies on members’ support.  Your financial contributions and membership fees are tax deductible and provide the resources we need to be on the frontline protecting your right to know.

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