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April 2019

The Joseph L. Brechner Freedom of Information Award is an annual $3,000 cash award, sponsored by The Brechner Center. The award recognizes excellence in reporting about freedom of information, access to government-held information, or the First Amendment.
April 8 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Please register by Thursday, April 4th.

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May 2019

Jodi Siegel, Executive Director, and Kirsten Anderson, Litigation Director

Southern Legal Counsel is a statewide public interest law firm based in Gainesville. We will discuss how we use the power of the law to change systems, safeguard liberties, hold governments accountable and end discrimination.

May 13th @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

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September 2019

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

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October 2019

Alex Patton, political consultant and owner of Ozean Media

Oct 14th @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

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November 2019

November 11th, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

For our November luncheon, winners of this year’s Buddy Davis Speech Contest will read their entries. The topic for this year’s contest is: Possible Solutions for School Gun Violence

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December 2019

Adam Friedman, founder of Voter Choice Massachusetts and John Severini, Information Technology Professional / Entrepreneur

Polling Data shows most Americans are moderate, our current plurality system is unhealthy, unsustainable, and divides us as a nation. 3rd party candidates don’t have a voice, and often play the spoiler candidate. This is not Democracy. RCV fixes both!

Dec 9th @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

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January 2020

Prof. Ann Cristiano, Frank Karel Chair in Public Interest Communications and the Director of the Center for Public Interest Communications at UF
Jan 13th @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

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February 2020


Dr. Maggie Labarta former President and Chief Executive Officer for Meridian Behavioral Healthcare
Feb 10th @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

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March 2020

Adam Playford deputy editor at the Tampa Bay Times
March 9th @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

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September 2020

Joe Little, emeritus professor of law at UF
September 14th @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

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