Just found out that Dallas criminal defense lawyer Robert Guest is speaking at next week’s NetRoots Nation conference as part of a panel on “Sunshine Laws for Bloggers”:

Nearly every state has some form of open records or "sunshine" law designed to make accessing public records at least somewhat less difficult than it otherwise could be.

However, as useful as this tool has been to the mainstream media, many bloggers are unaware or unsure of how to take advantage of it.

This panel discussion will provide a public records primer for bloggers and Netroots activists to learn how they can use public information laws to better report the news in their community, state and nation.

As his speaker bio notes, Robert has “uncovered the Austin Police/Austin Energy warrantless surveillance program, exposed "fill in the blank" DWI blood search warrants, and discovered that Rick Perry’s email is available for $54 a day.”

  • This panel discussion will provide a public records primer for bloggers and Netroots activists to learn how they can use public information laws to better report the news in their community, state and nation.

  • gaistiplels

    Greetings I’m new here
    And it looks like a great forum, so just wanted to say hello! :):):)
    And looking forward to participating.
    Going on vacation for a few days, so i’ll be back