Freedom of Information Day 2013

James Madison AwardPlease join us on March 15 to celebrate the 15th annual Freedom of Information Day at the Newseum’s Knight Conference Center in Washington, D.C. The day will feature a key note discussion with First Amendment attorney Floyd Abrams, subject of a new book, Nuanced Absolutism, by author and law professor Ronald L.K. Collins and a conversation on a forthcoming video documentary, “Whistleblowers”.

A highlight of the event will be the announcement of the ALA’s James Madison Award recipient, an award named in honor of President James Madison to honor individuals who have championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know on the national level. As part of our presentation of the award, last year’s recipient Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) will speak on the importance of access to information.

The day’s events will begin at 8:30 a.m. and there is no charge to attend.  It would be helpful for any attendees to register in advance to ensure adequate seating.  To register, e-mail or telephone Ashlie Hampton of the First Amendment Center at or (202) 292-6288. When registering, please provide your name, title, affiliation and contact information for agenda updates and other news. A paid luncheon meal option will be offered at the time of registration.

This event is a celebration of James Madison’s March 16th birthday and is held in partnership with the First Amendment Center,, the Project on Government Oversight, and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. The conference is also part of the annual Sunshine Week initiative sponsored by the American Society of News Editors and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

Jessica McGilvary is the Assistant Director of ALA Washington Office's Office of Government Relations (OGR).

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