Pullman attorney authors book on Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Attorney Mark J. Sommaruga, who is a member of Pullman & Comley’s Labor, Employment Law and Employee Benefits Department and is chair of its School Law section, recently authored Understanding Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Act (5th Edition 2018).  This 146 page book is written primarily to provide guidance to public agencies and their members (and also members of the public at large) by providing real life stories and case studies, along with practical advice for those trying to comply with the FOIA’s public records and open meetings requirements.  This book has been published by Pullman & Comley and is being jointly distributed with the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE). This book is a must have for any public agency or entity covered by the FOIA, and provides practical advice for those trying to comply with the FOIA’s public records and open meetings requirements. 

Attorney Sommaruga has extensive experience advising clients with regard to FOIA issues, and regularly practices before the Freedom of Information Commission.  Sommaruga frequently writes about FOIA issues on his firm’s education law (Education Law Notes) and labor and employment law (Working Together) blogs.  Sommaruga also regularly presents on FOIA issues at a variety of conferences, workshops and seminars on FOIA issues.   Sommaruga hopes that his book’s combination of analysis of the law and  FOIA “war stories” can help educate everyone on how to  navigate the sometimes daunting  maze of edicts and exceptions contained in the FOIA.  

In this latest edition of this book, there is updated and additional information regarding 1) the latest statutory changes and important decisions concerning the FOIA, 2) law enforcement records, 3) school district videos, and 4) personnel records, along with additional details regarding FOIA compliance

For a copy of this book, please click here.