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VCOG Board of Directors meeting, November 30, 2012

Virginia Coalition for Open Government
Board of Directors
November 30, 2012

Craddock-Terry Hotel & Event Center
Lynchburg, VA

The meeting was called to order at 8:00 a.m., by Dorothy Abernathy, President.

Access 2010 GovTech

Experts: Use Technology to Open Government


By Brenda Acevedo

RICHMOND, Va. – Thanks to the Internet, citizens have greater access to government records and other public information, representatives of government agencies said Friday at a panel discussion at the state Capitol.

"The whole idea is that you should be able to go online and not have to ask," said Emily Siebert, a marketing and public relations specialist for the Virginia Information Technology Agency, which oversees the state government's computer operations.

Access 2010 Campus panel

Students' FOIA Rights Violated, Editor Says


By Talisha Williams

RICHMOND, Va. – Colleges and universities sometimes deny student journalists access to information that by law should be open to the public, a campus newspaper editor told the Virginia Coalition for Open Government on Friday.

Katie Thisdell, editor-in-chief of The Breeze at James Madison University, said officials at the Harrisonburg school treat the twice-weekly student newspaper differently from "real news organizations," such as the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

2010 FOI Award Winners

2010 FOI awards recognize Axton citizen, Norfolk reporter, and the Richmond School Board


Virginia Coalition for Open Government to present annual awards at Richmond conference, Oct. 21-22


Access Across America - Videos & Handouts

VCOG hosted David Cuillier's Virginia stop as part of his Access Across America tour. Below are videos of the 2-plus-hour presentation, and this link is to the useful handouts that were given to all participants.

Access 2009 - Judicial Selection panel


Access 2009 panel examines judicial selection in Virginia

Richmond trial attorney Coleman Allen told a VCOG audience that he's practiced in both Virginia and West Virginia. He's seen good and bad judges in each state, and has concluded that both states' judicial selection processes (West Virginia elects; Virginia appoints) have merits and drawbacks.

Access 2009 - FOIA 101 panel



by Megan Rhyne

Though the Freedom of Information Act takes up pages and pages and pages in the Virginia Code, the speakers on a panel at VCOG's fall conference agreed that the act is as much about relationships as it is about procedure.

Access 2009 - Panelists

Thank you to our wonderful Access 2009 panelists!



Featured Speaker

Sen. Ken Cuccinelli, Republican candidate for Virginia Attorney General


Anonymous Juries

MODERATOR: Dick Hammerstrom, local news editor Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star

Matt Britton, King George Commonwealth Attorney

Kristie Kane, immediate past president of defense attorneys organization

Judge Clifford Weckstein, Roanoke Circuit Court


Judicial Selection

Access 2009 tentative schedule

Here is the tentative schedule for VCOG's fall conference, Oct. 15 and 16 at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel.


Join the VCOG board of directors for drinks and dinner, 5:30-9:00

VCOG will recognize its 2009 FOI award winners in the categories of citizen, media and government.

An after-dinner discussion about campaign speech, featuring nationally known First Amendment scholars Rodney Smolla and Robert O'Neil, will follow.

Cost is $25/person



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