Hill open government ‘hero’ recognized

Chestnut Hill Local: Chestnut Hill resident Terry Mutchler, an AP award-winning journalist and the founding executive director of Pennsylvania’s Office of Open Records, is being inducted into the Open Government Hall of Fame, which recognizes long-term contributions of individuals to open government in their respective states.

Mutchler is an experienced trial attorney who was appointed by former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell in 2008 to lead the […]

By | 2018-09-24T15:27:05+00:00 September 24th, 2018|Categories: News & Events|

Well-deserved honor bestowed on champion for government transparency

Allentown Morning Call: A Pennsylvania woman who long has fought to force governments to operate openly is getting her moment in the national spotlight.

Terry Mutchler, the founding executive director of the state Office of Open Records, will be inducted Saturday into the State Open Government Hall of Fame, a venture of the National Freedom of Information Coalition and the Society of Professional Journalists.

It’s a well-deserved […]

By | 2018-09-24T15:19:13+00:00 September 24th, 2018|Categories: News & Events|

Ex-Pa. open records office director recognized nationally for promoting government transparency

PennLive: Terry Mutchler, the former and inaugural executive director of Pennsylvania’s Office of Open Records, will soon have another credential to add to her long list of achievements: Hall of Famer.

Her work in government transparency that began as a newspaper reporter and spans four decades has earned her a place in the National Freedom of Information Coalition’s State Open Government Hall of Fame. […]

By | 2018-09-11T20:25:49+00:00 September 11th, 2018|Categories: News & Events|

Emails Reveal Private Tour, Internal School Board Conversations As Stoneleigh Gardens Controversy Continues

CBS3:  Terry Mutchler, former head of Pennsylvania’s Open Records Office and a national transparency lawyer said Lower Merion has an obligation to be open — especially given the Stoneleigh uproar.

“I would think the district would want to be more in the sunshine than behind the curtain on this,” Mutchler said.

By | 2018-08-03T18:03:58+00:00 August 3rd, 2018|Categories: News & Events|

Tips and Warnings Related to International FOIA for Lawyers, Journalists

The Legal Intelligencer: In my work as a transparency law expert, I was tapped to help two countries ensure that citizen access to government records is guaranteed. A team of academia and political scientists from Indiana University sought my help in their work rewriting the Constitution of Myanmar to inject a constitutional right to access government records. In another international effort, I was asked to […]

By | 2018-07-16T17:23:53+00:00 July 16th, 2018|Categories: News & Events|

Pennsylvanians: Protect your right to know what your government is doing

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The Right-To-Know Law allows citizens to know, for example, how much the school superintendent gets paid, why a police officer was fired, how much the city pays for attorneys who contribute to the campaigns of council members. A perfect example: The Office of Open Records recently ruled that the Right-To-Know Law requires public disclosure of the tax or other incentives Gov. Tom […]

By | 2018-07-16T17:21:48+00:00 July 16th, 2018|Categories: News & Events|

In Privacy, Technology Cases, Kavanaugh Largely Echoes Kennedy

The Recorder: With the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh as associate justice to the U.S. Supreme Court, many in the tech and privacy world have started to wonder how the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit judge will fill the void left by former Justice Anthony Kennedywho retired in late June.

“Justice Kennedy and Kavanaugh seemed to be aligned,” said Mutchler Lyons partner Terry Mutchler. “The […]

By | 2018-07-11T13:52:51+00:00 July 11th, 2018|Categories: News & Events|

Despite Mixed Legacy, Kennedy’s Departure May Mark Major Shift in Privacy Policy

Law.com: Mutchler Lyons partner Terry Mutchler sees a bleak path forward for freedom of speech and transparency in a post-Kennedy court. “For me as a First Amendment lawyer, I felt like there was an earthquake under my feet,” Mutchler said.

“The practical reality is that Justice Kennedy stood in the breach between the First Amendment and the loss of significant privacy, both in terms of privacy, […]

By | 2018-06-29T12:56:00+00:00 June 29th, 2018|Categories: News & Events|

Pittsburgh-area officials signed NDAs that could shield incentives offered to Amazon for up to five years

Public Source: Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration carefully orchestrated how the state would maintain a competitive edge as it helped Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and other entities vie to be the home for Amazon’s second headquarters.

Keeping the details of the incentive package close to the vest was chief among the priorities to ensure bids coming out of Pennsylvania had an advantage. Non-disclosure agreements were signed in early to […]

By | 2018-06-26T13:52:20+00:00 June 26th, 2018|Categories: News & Events|

Township turns over records on eve of hearing

New Castle News: Two Wilmington Township women seeking answers from their municipality have prevailed.

Attorney Terry Mutchler, representing Carrie Hahn and Kristan Tervo, yesterday said an agreement has been reached with township officials who had denied the women access to records showing how much in legal fees had been collected by township solicitor Lou Perrotta.

“I have secured a victory for the clients and for open government,” […]

By | 2018-06-25T14:24:33+00:00 June 25th, 2018|Categories: News & Events|