Health Rights MA

How to FOIA Effectively with Children's Health Defense attorney Risa Evans

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How to FOIA Effectively 
with Children's Health Defense attorney Risa Evans 

Saturday, February 3rd

10 am to 2 pm 

$45 registration includes lunch

Westford Regency & Conference Center

219 Littleton Rd, Westford, MA

Workshop Description: 

This hands-on workshop will start with a brief presentation about the federal Freedom of Information Act and state open records laws. Then we’ll discuss how to think through, write, and submit an effective open records request. Finally, we’ll brainstorm potentially fruitful areas of inquiry, and draft and start submitting requests.  


Please bring a laptop if you can. Also, bring your ideas about agencies and areas for investigation!

About Risa Evans, esq:

Risa Evans is a staff attorney at Children's Health Defense. Risa leads CHD’s Freedom of Information Act efforts and works on other legal issues as they arise. Risa began her legal career as a public defender. After her daughter was born, she left law and spent a decade homemaking and homeschooling. She then worked as a law professor, teaching legal writing and lawyering skills. 

Doors Open at 9:30. Coffee and Tea will be available. Lunch will be served at 12:00. 

If you are up for it, after the workshop, join us for some social time just down the road where health freedom advocate Joy Reo will be performing at Carlson’s Cider Barn in Harvard.

Saturday, February 3

Joy Reo Trio 4:30 – 7:30 PM

No cover charge; we’ll be paid through the tip jar

Carlson’s Cider Barn

115 Oak Hill Rd

Harvard, MA 01451

(Easy to get to, off Route 2)

Soulful, sassy, and classy. Torch songs, tender ballads, pop songs, and show tunes. All ages are welcome!

  • Joy Reo – vocals

  • Molly Flannery – keyboard & melodica

  • Diane Heffner – clarinet and saxophone

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