Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 7, 6:30 p.m., in the Buckner Room at the Lexington Herald-Leader, Main and Midland.
The Bluegrass Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues, and the Kentucky Press Association will host a program on public access to government, featuring the state’s foremost attorneys on the subject, Jon Fleischaker and Michael Abate.
It’s a rare opportunity to be in the room with the two attorneys arguing the most interesting and controversial First Amendment cases in Kentucky. They will share information about those cases, some of them ongoing, and entertain your questions about situations you may be facing in your communities. It’s a perfect session for experienced editors, for reporters new to the fight for open government, and for students of journalism.
Attached is a copy of a recent article Fleischaker and Abate co-authored with attorney Cassie Chambers Armstrong for the legal profession’s publication “Bench & Bar.” It addresses recent developments in public access efforts in Kentucky. Read it before you come to this rare event and be ready with your questions.
The event is free. There will be refreshments available at 6:30 p.m., with the program starting at 7. There is parking in the Herald-Leader lot. The Buckner Room is just inside the main entrance and to your right.