Annual Conference

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

The 2020 state conference will be held in Austin on Thursday, Sept. 24, at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center, 1900 University Ave. Stay tuned for the detailed agenda. In the meantime, conference registration is open, and hotel room reservations are available at a conference rate of $225 for the night of Sept. 23. The cutoff date for this rate is Aug. 25, 2020.

When calling the hotel reservation line (877-744-8822), please reference either the reservation code FREETX0920 and/or the group name Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas ROOM BLOCK. Or, you can book at the following link: https://book.passkey.com/go/FREETX0920

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.