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Frank LoMonte, Director, UF Brechner Center for Freedom of Information
The Joseph L. Brechner Center for Freedom of Information is an incubator for ideas and initiatives that give the public timely and affordable access to the information necessary for informed, participatory citizenship. Dr. LoMonte’s talk will focus on open government and FOIA law.
Sept 9th @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Bio: Frank LoMonte is an attorney and professor of media law and director of the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information at the University of Florida, where he leads a team of researchers incubating programs that make information more accessible and actionable for journalists and all citizens. A graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, LoMonte practiced with the Atlanta office of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP and clerked for federal judges on the Eleventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and the Northern District of Georgia. Before joining the faculty at the University of Florida in 2017, he served for nine years as the executive director of the Student Press Law Center (SPLC) in Washington, D.C., where he launched a number of programming initiatives, including the “New Voices” movement, building youth-led grassroots organizations to pass laws protecting students’ free-expression rights. He has also taught at the University of Georgia law school as the Otis Brumby Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law. Before becoming an attorney, LoMonte worked as a reporter, columnist and editor at daily newspapers in Florida and Georgia, including a year covering Capitol Hill as Washington correspondent for the Morris News Service.
Please register by Thursday, Sept 5th.