Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law 101

June 22, 2022 @ 12:00 pm 1:30 pm

Pennsylvania's public records law is a vital tool for government transparency, but members of the public who are new to the Right-to-Know Law can make a number of simple mistakes that frustrate their attempts to obtain local or state government records.

This free, joint presentation by the Office of Open Records and the ACLU of Pennsylvania will discuss the nuts and bolts of sending a request, appealing a denial, and best practices at all stages. It is designed for any Pennsylvanian who wants to learn more about the RTKL, whether you are a community organizer thinking about how to use the RTKL as a tool for advocacy, a lawyer looking for other ways to obtain records for your client, or someone who wants a straightforward way to obtain documents from your local government.

The event is free and open to all. Individuals who would like to attend this presentation should register by e-mailing

Attorneys seeking 1.5 hours of free CLE credit should register at this link. Although the website lists the cap at 35 seats, once those CLE spots are filled, e-mail to register.