Annual Conference

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Annual ConferenceĀ in Austin brings together journalists, public employees, attorneys and interested citizens to delve into FOI issues.

The 2016 conference was held Sept. 8 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center on the University of Texas campus. Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Lisa Falkenberg of the Houston Chronicle was the keynote speaker.

Photos from past conferences:

FOI Conference 2014Paul Watler, an FOIFT board member and First Amendment attorney, leads a discussion in 2014 on the Texas Public Information Act that included state Rep. Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi; Austin attorney Bill Aleshire; Texas Tribune reporter Terri Langford; and Amanda Crawford (not visible in photo), chief of the Open Records Division of the Texas Attorney General’s Office. (Photo by Jack Plunkett.)

Photos from the 2013 state conference:

Panelists at the annual conference discuss open government legislation. From left to right, Tom "Smitty" Smith of Public Citizen; Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake; and First Amendment attorney Laura Prather.

Panelists at the 2013 annual conference discuss open government legislation. From left to right, Tom “Smitty” Smith of Public Citizen; Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake; and First Amendment attorney Laura Prather.

Transparency in higher education panelists listen to questions from conference attendees. From left to right, Reeve Hamilton of The Texas Tribune; Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo; and Jim Vertuno of the Associated Press. Photos by Jack Plunkett.

Transparency in higher education panelists listen to questions from conference attendees in 2013. From left to right, Reeve Hamilton of The Texas Tribune; Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo; Jim Vertuno of the Associated Press; and Kelly Brown, editor of The Eagle of Bryan-College Station. Photos by Jack Plunkett.