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Noontime Update – The Sunshine Act: Pennsylvania’s Open Meetings Law


Mar 18, 2021




Teresa Shaak



Can’t miss!  This session includes an important review of the Sunshine Act as well as a chance to meet the new Executive Director of the PA Office of Open Records.

Melissa Melewsky, PNA’s Media Law Counsel, reviews Pennsylvania’s Open Meetings Law, touching on public comment, executive sessions and other topics that frequently challenge coverage. She’ll take a closer look at any changes, including how the pandemic has affected public access.

Melissa will be joined by Liz Wagenseller, the newly-appointed Executive Director of the PA Office of Open Records.  During this introduction, Liz will share her thoughts and visions for the OOR and will take questions.

Most appropriate for editorial staffs, especially newcomers and those desiring a refresher course.

This one-hour webinar is scheduled to begin promptly at 12 noon.

Registrants must have both a computer and audio/phone in order to participate.

There is no cost for PNA members.  Non-member fee: $20.

To register, complete the form below or email the PNA Foundation.  A confirmation with GoToMeeting log in instructions will be sent to each registrant one or two days prior to the sessions.

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March 18, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Melissa Melewsky is Media Law Counsel for the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association. She provides legal advice and advocacy to newspapers across the Commonwealth on a wide range of legal topics affecting the newspaper industry. Melewsky also advocates for newspapers as an amicus curiae in the Pennsylvania judicial system in cases affecting the newspaper industry including access to government records and meetings, First Amendment rights, and defamation.

Melewsky has been a guest lecturer throughout the Commonwealth for media and civic organizations as well as government agencies and the court system on the Right to Know Law, the Sunshine Act and other laws that affect the media industry. Melewsky is a former co-chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Bar Press Committee and is currently an active member.

Prior to joining the Association, Melewsky was the judicial law clerk to the Honorable William Harvey Wiest, Northumberland County Court of Common Pleas. She received a B.A. in Telecommunications from the Pennsylvania State University and a J.D. from Widener University School of Law.

Elizabeth Gerloff Wagenseller is Executive Director of the PA Office of Open Records, a position she took over in January of this year.  Previously, Liz served for six years as Chief of Staff for Eugene DePasquale and the PA Department of the Auditor General. She was also Deputy Auditor General for External Affairs for two years.  She has worked in campaign management as well as political polling.  She holds a B.A. in Economics from the College of William & Mary.  To learn more about Liz and her vision for the OOR, read Spotlight PA’s profile.