How To Fill Out FOIA/FOIL Requests
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
9:00 am to 12:00 pm

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Buffalo & Erie County Public Library - Central Library


Michael Kuzma and Leslie James Pickering will lead a workshop on how attorneys, journalists, historians, or any person can file successful Freedom of Information (FOI) requests. This workshop will share tactics they have learned from the various FOI requests and appeals that they have submitted.  Real examples of FOI requests, appeals, and releases will be used to demonstrate how to pry loose records from oft-times recalcitrant federal, state and local agencies.  Anyone interested in open government issues won’t want to miss this one-of-a-kind presentation.

Great for librarians who are interested in learning more about obtaining available documents from the government and how this procedure works.

Please bring a laptop with you. The room will have WiFi.

This workshop will be held in Collections Gallery Conference Room at the Central Library, B&ECPL.


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Michael Kuzma & Leslie James Pickering
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Michael Kuzma is a solo practitioner in Buffalo.  He has long viewed the law as being a tool to bring about social, political and economic change.  For nearly four decades, Mike has fought to make government more open and accountable through use of the federal and state Freedom of Information (FOI) laws.  He has litigated a number of FOI cases against agencies such as the CIA, FBI and New York State Department of Correctional and Community Supervision (DOCCS).  Mike has represented Native American activist and political prisoner, Leonard Peltier, Jalil Muntaqim, Occupy Buffalo and Leslie James Pickering.

Leslie James Pickering is a proprietor of Burning Books, a radical bookstore in Buffalo's West Side, and a long-time free speech and social justice advocate. Ongoing Freedom of Information Act litigation has exposed extensive targeting of Pickering by the FBI, including a two year eco-terrorism conspiracy investigation into Burning Books.

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Spring Academic Directors Caucus Meeting

Date/Time: Thursday, June 6, 2019 from 9:00 am to 3pm or 3:30.  Please meet in the library

Where: Daemen College, 4380 Main Street, Amherst ( )

We would also like to welcome any of our Rochester Council's academic library members to join us this year! 


Agenda items so far:

Discussion of two recent Ithaka reports ( )

ESLN update/WNYLRC update/RRLC update


If you have other discussion items you would like added, please let me know as soon as possible!