Jonathan M. Redgrave, Managing Partner, Redgrave LLP, will speak at the Sunshine Week 2019 celebration on March 11, which commemorates the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS), which acts as the Federal Freedom of Information Act’s ombudsman.

There are 11 speakers scheduled for the event, including two federal judges, which will be held at the William McGowan Theater in Washington, D.C. Jonathan, one of only two attorneys in private practice who will be speaking, is on a panel that will discuss “Looking into the Crystal Ball: How Will Electronic Recordkeeping In Government Agencies Change Over The Next 10 Years?”

Jonathan is recognized as one of the country’s leaders in information law, which includes electronic discovery, records and information management, data protection and privacy issues. He has spoken at events worldwide on the legal issues that arise under information law.

The OGIS resolves federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) disputes, identifies methods to improve compliance with the statute, and provides education about the FOIA process. The law provides the public the right to seek access to records from any federal agency. Agencies need to disclose the information requested unless an exemption applies. They are meant to protect personal privacy, national security, and law enforcement.

These types of laws are sometimes referred to as “sunshine acts” because the information accessed through a freedom of information act request can shine a light on government activities.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration information can be found here: Sunshine Week at the National Archives 2019.