Media law attorney Bruce Moats will discuss recent Wyoming legislation affecting access to public records and meetings at a forum at noon Monday, March 11, in the ANB Bank Leadership Center in the Pathfinder Building at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne.
The 90-minute forum, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by Wingspan Student Media at LCCC and the Society of Professional Journalists. Wingspan will carry a livestream of the forum at LCCCWingspan.com.
This is the first in a series of SPJ programs to provide timely and relevant information to professional and student journalists. The programs are part of an effort to revive the Wyoming SPJ Pro Chapter. If you are interested in joining the effort, contact Melissa Cassutt, deputy editor of the Jackson Hole News & Guide, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The legislative session ends Feb. 27 and lawmakers are considering a variety of public access issues. Moats addressed some of the bills at a WPA convention session in January.
“This will be a great educational opportunity for our journalism and media students,” said Jake Sherlock, faculty adviser for Wingspan. “They will not only get to learn a lot from Bruce, who is the foremost expert on public records and open meetings in the state of Wyoming, they’ll also gain the experience of producing a live broadcast for our SPJ members who are a long drive from Cheyenne.”
Moats specializes in citizen access to government, First Amendment, civil rights and employment law. He represents the Wyoming Press Association, newspapers and other media outlets throughout Wyoming on a variety of issues. He was a journalist for 13 years before obtaining his law degree from the University of Wyoming in 1996.
People interested in attending the forum can RSVP at the Wingspan Facebook page (facebook.com/WingspanLCCC). Lunch will be provided. The deadline to RSVP for lunch is March 6.
Free parking near the Pathfinder Building is available on the LCCC campus, 1400 E. College Drive.