Open Government Seminars

Open Government Seminars address timely topics related to the Texas Public Information Act and Texas Open Meetings Act and include a legislative update on recent changes to the laws. The program is directed toward government employees, attorneys, journalists and anyone wanting to learn more about open government laws. Seminars feature experienced attorneys knowledgeable in this area of law.

The one-day seminars are offered in cooperation with the Office of the Texas Attorney General. This course has been approved by the Office of the Attorney General as meeting the requirements for open government training for public officials. State Bar of Texas Continuing Legal Education credits are also available.

Upcoming Seminar
This seminar on April 17, 2018, will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the University of Texas at Arlington’s University Center. A free morning session presented by the Texas Attorney General’s Office will focus on the Texas Public Information Act and cost rules. A midday session presented by attorney and FOI Foundation board member Tom Williams of Haynes and Boone, LLP will address the Texas Open Meetings Act and will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. There is a $50 fee for the Open Meetings Act session to cover costs. Light lunch refreshments will be served during this session. Attendees may also bring their own lunch. A food court is located nearby. Participants may attend either or both sessions. Register today to secure your space!

The final event of the day, from 1:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., is the new First Amendment Institute, designed for journalists and covering press freedom and libel. The First Amendment Institute session is free. Some travel scholarship funds may be available for out-of-town journalists. Contact executive director Kelley Shannon at for more information.

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Stay tuned for dates and cities of additional 2018 Open Government Seminars!