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Freedom of Information Act Research Guide

A guide to researching using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (Feb., 2019)

Selected Articles


Martin E. Halstuk, When is an Invasion of Privacy Unwarranted Under the FOIA? An Analysis of the Supreme Court's Sufficient Reason and Presumption of Legitimacy Standards, 16 U. Fla. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 361-400 (2005).

Michael Herz, Law Lags Behind: FOIA and Affirmative Disclosure of Information, 7 Cardozo Pub. L. Pol'y & Ethics J. 577-598 (2008-2009).

David L. Hudson, 50 Years Later, Freedom of Information Act Still Chipping Away at Government's Secretive Culture, ABA J., Jul. 2016, at 2.

Seth F. Kreimer, Rays of Sunlight in a Shadow "War": FOIA, The Abuses of Anti-Terrorism, and the Strategy of Transparency, 11 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 1141-1220 (2007)

Lauren Kurtz, The Application of Open Records Laws to Publicly Funded Science,  31 Nat. Resources & Env't 3-6 (2017).

Luis Kutner, Freedom of Information: Due Process of the Right to Know, 18 Cath. Law. 50-66 (2017).

Margaret B. Kwoka, Deferring to Secrecy, 54 B.C. L. Rev. 185-242  (2013).

Margaret B. Kwoka, FOIA, INC., 65 Duke L. J. 1361-1438 (2013).

Margaret B. Kwoka, The Freedom of Information Act Trial, 61 Am. U.L. Rev. 217-278 (2011).

Sen. Patrick Leahy, The Electronic FOIA Amendments of 1996: Reformatting the FOIA for On-Line Access, 50 Admin. L. Rev. 339-344 (1998).

Bruce P. Montgomery, Congressional Oversight: Vice President Richard B. Cheney's Executive Branch Triumph, 120 Pol. Sci. Q. 581-617 (2005-2006).

Henry H. Perritt, Jr., Electronic Freedom of Information, 50 Admin. L. Rev. 391-420 (1998)

David E. Pozen, Freedom of Information Beyond the Freedom of Information Act, 165 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1097-158 (2016-2017).

Joe Regalia, The Common Law Right to Information18 Rich. J.L. & Pub. Int. 89-132 (2015).

Jeannine E. Reilly & Meghna Sabharwal, Perceptions of Transparency of Government Policymaking: A Cross-National Study, 26 Gov't. Info. Q. 148-157 (2009).

Michael A. Rodgers, Freedom of Information Act Requests: Six Keys to Handling Them, Defense AT&L, Jan-Feb. 2016, at 50-52.

Mark Rumold, The Freedom of Information Act and the Fight Against Secret (Surveillance) Law, 55 Santa Clara L. Rev. 161-186 (2015).

Daniel J. Solove, Access and Aggregation: Public Records, Privacy and the Constitution, 86 Minn. L. Rev. 1137 (2002).

Devon S. Schindler, Between Safety and Transparency: Prior Restraints, FOIA, and the Power of the Executive38 Hastings Const. L.Q. 1 (2010).

William R. Sherman, The Deliberation Paradox and Administrative Law, 2015 BYU L. Rev. 413-469.

Carol Shockley, The Federal Presentence Investigative Report: Postsentence Disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act, 40 Admin. L. Rev. 79-119 (1988).

Milena Sterio, The Covert Use of Drones: How Secrecy Undermines Oversight and Accountability, 8 Alb. Gov't L. Rev. 129-165 (2015).

Laurence Tai, Fast Fixes for FOIA, 52 Harv. J. Legis. 455-507 (2015).

Nathan Freed Wessler, "[We] Can Neither Confirm nor Deny the Existence or Nonexistence of Records Responsive to Your Request": Reforming the Glomar Response Under FOIA,"  85 N.YU. L. Rev. 1381-1416 (2010)

Joseph F. Zimmerman,  Ethics in the Public Service, 14 State & Local Gov't Rev. 98-106 (1982).