Public Records Act Deskbook: Washington's Public Disclosure and Open Public Meetings Laws (2d ed. 2014) [DSAD14]

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Editors-in-Chief:

Ramsey Ramerman, assistant city attorney, City of Everett

Eric M. Stahl, partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Seattle


This Deskbook provides comprehensive coverage of Washington’s Public Records Act, chapter 42.56 RCW (the “PRA”), as well as related areas of public access to government records and proceedings. Its focus is on the law applicable to making, responding to, and litigating PRA requests.

Who should buy this book? Public Records Officers, city managers, state and local government employees and officials, and others who make or are charged with responding to requests under the Public Records Act.

The 2014 second edition is a joint effort by practitioners representing both requestors and agencies. To provide an accurate and balanced perspective, every chapter that was written by a public agency practitioner was edited by someone who primarily represents records requestors, and vice-versa; and a number of chapters have been co-written by agency and requestor authors. One of the Editors-in-Chief (Eric M. Stahl) is an attorney who primarily represents news requestors and the other (Ramsey Ramerman) is one who represents agencies.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction (Ramsey Ramerman; Eric M. Stahl)
Chapter 2. The Public Records Act: Genesis and Guiding Spirit (Hon. C. Kenneth Grosse, ret.)
Chapter 3. Judicial Perspectives on Open Courts and Court Records (Justice Gerry Alexander, ret.)
Chapter 4. The Scope of the Public Records Act: What is an “Agency” and a “Public Record”? (Matthew J. Segal)
Chapter 5. How to Make Public Records Requests (Steven J. Dixson; Denise Vaughan)
Chapter 6. How Agencies Should Respond to Public Records Requests (Ramsey Ramerman; Amy Cleveland; Kelli Williams; Alice M. Bush; Denise Vaughan)
Chapter 7. Statutory Construction (Katherine A. George)
Chapter 8. Privacy (Michele L. Earl-Hubbard)
Chapter 9. Investigative, Law Enforcement, and Security Records (Duane M. Swinton; Gary T. Smith)
Chapter 10. Personnel Records of Public Employees (Michele L. Earl-Hubbard)
Chapter 11. Disclosure of Medical Information (Kristal K. Wiitala)
Chapter 12. Various Government Service Exemptions (Juvenile, Family Law, Public Assistance and Benefits, Vehicles) (Kristal K. Wiitala)
Chapter 13. Business-Related Information, Trade Secrets, Copyrights, and Related Exemptions (Judith A. Endejan)
Chapter 14. Attorney-Client Privilege and Other Discovery Exemptions (Judith A. Endejan; P. Stephen DiJulio)
Chapter 15. Exemptions Outside of Public Records Act (Kristal K. Wiitala)
Chapter 16. Court Remedies to Obtain Disclosure (Ramsey Ramerman; Eric M. Stahl)
Chapter 17. Reverse PRA Action (Private Party Seeking to Prevent Disclosure)(Richard W. Oehler; James F. Williams; Jay L. Griffiths)
Chapter 18. Court-Awarded Attorney Fees, Costs, and Penalties (William E. Holt; James W. Beck)
Chapter 19. Preservation and Destruction of Public Records (Russell Wood; Jeffrey T. Even; Cindy R. Evans)
Chapter 20. Introduction to the Federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)(Richard W. Oehler; Jay L. Griffiths)
Chapter 21. Access to Court Proceedings and Court Records (Marshall J. Nelson; Angela Galloway)
Chapter 22. Open Public Meetings Act (Bob Meinig; Timothy D. Ford)
Appendix A. Exemptions from Public Records Disclosure and Confidential Records (July 2014)

Published: Nov. 2014
562 pages

This 2014 second edition replaces the 2006 first edition and the 2010 supplement.


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