The Law and Government Institute
will once again produce eight episodes of the Pennsylvania Cable Network’s “In Session”
during the 2011-2012 academic year, marking a second season of collaboration between the network and the Institute. The first Law and Government Institute produced episode is scheduled to air Sunday, September 18th at 6:30 p.m.
“This month's show looks at Pennsylvania's Right to Know Law,” says Associate Professor Wesley Oliver
, who serves as the host for the Widener produced episodes.
“A law requiring government transparency seems like a no-brainer, but the details turn out to be thorny,” says Oliver, asking, “Does the law go too far? For instance, are parents entitled to learn their teachers' addresses? Conversely, does the law achieve its goals? What happens when an agency refuses a request? Does the requestor have to have counsel to make his case that the records are public and subject to the disclosure requirements of the law?”
Guests for the September 18th episode include Emily Leader, Deputy Chief Counsel to the Pennsylvania School Board Association; Craig Staudenmaier, partner at Nauman, Smith, Shissler & Hall, LLP; and Terry Mutchler, the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records.
The Widener Law and Government episodes air on the third Sunday of the month. The October episode will focus on the Luzerne County Kids for Cash Scandal.