An Interpretive Guide to the Government in the Sunshine Act, Second Edition
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An Interpretive Guide to the Government in the Sunshine Act, Second Edition

Publication Date: November 2005.
An Interpretive Guide to the Government in the Sunshine Act, Second Edition
Product Code: 5010043
Authors: Richard K. Berg, Stephen H. Klitzman, Gary J. Edles
Publication Date: November 2005
ISBN: 978-1-59031-584-2
Page Count: 360
Trim Size: 6 x 9 Paperback
Sponsoring Entities: Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
Topics: Administrative Law
Format: Book - 5010043
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About the Book

This long-awaited revision of the authoritative 1978 Interpretive Guide thoroughly analyzes the Government in the Sunshine Act in the light of agency and judicial experience since its enactment in 1977. A definitive update of this leading commentary on the Act and its history, cited by the Supreme Court in FCC v ITT World Communications, Inc., 466 U.S. 463, 471 (1984), this new edition examines major Sunshine Act case law, agency practices and legal literature of the past 28 years. It also analyzes the impact of this federal open meeting law, explains how agencies post-September 11 are reconciling new security requirements with their Sunshine Act obligations, poses issues for further study and recommends some reforms to the agencies and the Congress.

So whether you are a government lawyer, a Member of Congress, an administrative law private practitioner, corporate counsel, a judge, library or anyone concerned about open government, you cannot afford to be without this comprehensive work. Order your copy today.

What Others Have Said

This thorough update of the well regarded first edition of An Interpretive Guide to the Government in the Sunshine Act is a must-have volume for agency lawyers, administrative law practitioners, and anyone interested in the challenging task of opening our government meetings to public scrutiny. It examines all the relevant case law under the Act, and its insights as to the effects of heightened post-September 11 security concerns are especially valuable.

Jeffrey S. Lubbers
Fellow in Law & Government
Washington College of Law, American University
Former Research Director, Administrative
Conference of the United States


The Interpretive Guide has been the go-to resource for Sunshine Act questions and issues. All of our General Counsels have relied on the guide as the definitive source of information and advice on the Sunshine Act. This new edition like the first is scholarly yet practical. For example, one of the thorniest questions is the interpretation and application of the definition of a meeting. The guide digests the individual components of the definition and synthesizes them into a workable framework faithful to the intent and spirit of the legislation. I was delighted to learn that the guide was being updated and am confident that this new edition will be as helpful as the first edition with its thoughtful, objective analysis and insights.

Ronald S. Battocchi
Former General Counsel, 1999-2005
National Transportation Safety Board


This book should be found on the active-references shelf of every successful federal practitioner. The power of these federal multi-member agencies is so great and their decisions so impactful on clients that an understanding of the meetings disclosure issues of the Sunshine Act can make a key difference. I have followed this Act since its 1976 roots, and today these 3 expert tour guides skillfully direct the reader through the interpretive maze with great clarity and depth of coverage.

Jim O'Reilly
Administrative law scholar and teacher
University of Cincinnati


The second edition of An Interpretive Guide to the Government in the Sunshine Act updates this important work by addressing recent judicial opinions and surveying current agency practice. The authors draw on their extensive experience regarding the interpretation and application of the Act to provide a comprehensive and detailed examination of it. This Guide is required reading for anyone interested in understanding the Government in the Sunshine Act.

Robert G. Vaughn
Professor of Law and A. Allen King Scholar
American University
Washington College of Law


Bringing their thorough and intelligent assessment of Government in the Sunshine Act issues up to date, Messrs. Berg, Klitzman and Edles have done signal service for anyone working with its issues -- in a multi-member commission, a regulated industry, or the public interest arena. This is a lucid and balanced exposition of the statute and its issues, of the subsequent caselaw, and of the literature that has grown up assessing it, identifying the open questions and offering wise counsel.

Peter L. Strauss
Betts Professor of Law
Columbia Law School

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Table of Contents PDF
Preface PDF
Chapter 1 PDF


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