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Handling PRA Requests for Sensitive and Personal Information

Tuesday, September 24, 2019
11 AM - 12 PM
Cost: $35
Credits Available: CLE, WAPRO certification - see below


Registration closes Monday, September 23 at 12 PM. This webinar will be recorded, and all preregistered attendees will receive a link to view the recording. Read about scholarship opportunities.

Webinar Overview

Responding to a public records request or counseling elected officials and agency staff on how to properly document these records can be challenging and time-consuming, even for the most prepared local government. Join us for practical tips and up-to-date guidance on responding to Public Records Act (PRA) requests involving sensitive and personal information, such as personnel files, information about children, and records on personal devices/accounts.

Educational Objectives

In this webinar, we will provide guidance on recurring — and challenging — PRA issues, including:

  • The right to privacy under the PRA
  • Protection of personally identifiable health care information
  • Disclosure of personnel files and disciplinary records
  • Managing public records on personally-owned devices and accounts
  • Tips on producing electronic records

Whether you are from a small jurisdiction with few paid staff or a large, multi-departmental one, this webinar will equip you with skills and up-to-date guidance on how to handle difficult PRA issues.

Who Should Attend?

  • Local government attorneys/legal staff, private attorneys with local government clients, public records officers, and any local government staff that work to fulfill PRA requests


  • Flannary Collins, Managing Attorney, MRSC. Prior to joining MRSC, Flannary worked for 10 years as the assistant city attorney for the City of Shoreline. At MRSC, Flannary enjoys providing legal guidance to municipalities through inquiry assistance and in-person trainings on municipal issues, with a heavy emphasis on the PRA.
  • James Erb, Senior Assistant City Attorney and Public Records Officer, City of Bellingham. James has been with the City of Bellingham since 2010.  As a Senior Assistant City Attorney, he provides advice to city departments on a variety of complex legal issues involving constitutional law, elections, contract law, labor and employment law, land use, and public disclosure.  James is also responsible for training all city employees and elected officials on the disclosure requirements of the PRA.


  • 1.0 CLE credits from the Washington State Bar Association for activity ID: 1113939
  • 1.0 hours for Category B for Public Records Officers (PRO) certification or recertification (course number B000152)

Refund policy: Refunds of the webinar fee will be provided minus a $5.00 administrative fee if registration is canceled by 12 PM on Monday, September 23. If you are registered for the webinar and unable to attend, you will still be able to view the recorded webinar afterwards. However, if you cancel your registration, you will not receive a link to the recording.