Access with Attitude (Paperback)
An Advocate’s Guide to Freedom of Information in Ohio
Ohio University Press, 9780821419397, 176pp.
Publication Date: March 6, 2011
For those who find themselves in a battle for public records, Access with Attitude: An Advocate’s Guide to Freedom of Information in Ohio is an indispensable weapon. First Amendment lawyer David Marburger and investigative journalist Karl Idsvoog have written a simply worded, practical guide on how to take full advantage of Ohio’s so-called Sunshine Laws.
Journalists, law firms, labor unions, private investigators, genealogists, realty companies, banks, insurers—anyone who regularly needs access to publicly held information—will find this comprehensive and contentious guide to be invaluable. Marburger, who drafted many of the provisions that Ohio adopted in its open records law, and coauthor Idsvoog have been fighting for broader access to public records their entire careers. They offer field-tested tips on how to avoid “no,” and advise readers on legal strategies if their requests for information go unmet. Step by step, they show how to avoid delays and make the law work.
Whether you’re a citizen, a nonprofit organization, a journalist, or an attorney going after public records, Access with Attitude is an essential resource.
About the Author
David Marburger specializes in First Amendment, libel, and media law. He received his JD from the University of Pittsburgh and his BS from Syracuse University. Mr. Marburger drafted and conceived many of the provisions that the Ohio legislature adopted in Ohio's Public Records Act.
Karl Idsvoog is an associate professor of journalism at Kent State University. He is an award-winning investigative reporter and producer and conducts training for media development for the U.S. Department of State, IREX, Internews, the International Center for Journalists, and Radio Free Asia.
Praise For Access with Attitude: An Advocate’s Guide to Freedom of Information in Ohio…
— Randy Ludlow, reporter, The Columbus Dispatch
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