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Moritz College of Law Marks Sunshine Week With Discussions of Open Government and Secrecy
Satellite broadcast begins at 1 p.m.; local discussion at 2:40 p.m.
February 21, 2006
The Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University will mark Sunshine Week on March 13 with the satellite broadcast of the program, “Are We Safer in the Dark?” A panel of experts from around the country will discuss open government and secrecy - the problems confronted, the impacts on communities, and what the public can do.
The broadcast, which originates at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., may be viewed at Drinko Hall's Saxbe Auditorium (Room 130), 55 West 12th Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.
The broadcast begins at 1 p.m. and will be followed by a local panel discussion at 2:40 p.m. The broadcast at Drinko Hall is one of three sites in the state (and the only one in Central Ohio) where the discussion may be viewed. The local conversation will be broadcast via the World Wide Web and may be accessed at the Moritz Law web site. It also may be viewed at a later date and will be available as a podcast.
Panelists for the satellite broadcast include Thomas S. Blanton, director of the National Security Archive at The George Washington University in Washington D.C.; Thomas M. Susman, partner, Ropes & Gray, Washington, D.C.; and Barbara Petersen, executive director, Florida First Amendment Foundation, a state coalition that protects and advances the public's constitutional right to open government by providing education and training, legal aid and information services. The session will be moderated by Geneva Overholser, who holds an endowed chair in the Missouri School of Journalism's Washington program. She is a former editor of the Des Moines Register, ombudsman of the Washington Post, and editorial board member of the New York Times.
Following the satellite broadcast, panelists in Drinko Hall will comment on the broadcast. They include Doug Clifton, editor of The Plain Dealer, Cleveland; Raimund E. Goerler, University Archivist, The Ohio State University; and David Marburger, partner, Baker & Hostetler, Cleveland. The panel will be moderated by Peter M. Shane, Joseph S. Platt/Porter Wright Morris & Arthur Professor of Law and director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies at the Moritz College of Law.
This event is hosted by the Moritz Law Library and the Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
During Sunshine Week 2006, March 12-18, media organizations, civic groups, libraries, schools, non-profit organizations and others nationwide will participate in coverage of and discussions about the importance of protecting public access to government. The intent of Sunshine Week is to raise awareness of the importance of open government to the public.
Since 1891, the Moritz College of Law has played a leading role in the legal profession through countless contributions made by alumni and faculty. Graduates of the school reside in all 50 states and 20 other countries and include justices of the Ohio Supreme Court, current and former U.S. senators and representatives, managing partners in law firms of all sizes, chief executive officers of Fortune 500 corporations, and attorneys with nonprofit organizations and public interest law firms.