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Public Records Act Basics & More - Virtual Workshop

April 30
9 AM - 4 PM
Cost: $140 (Scholarships Available - See Below)
Capacity: Maximum 75 Registrants per Workshop Date

Credits: CML, CLE, WAPRO
Also meets Open Government Training Act requirements


These workshops use many of the engagement tools in Zoom. We strongly recommend that each individual wishing to attend registers separately to join with their own computer. Furthermore, we can only provide attendance certificates (for educational credits) to registrants. 

Workshop Overview

This virtual workshop will provide an in-depth review of the Public Records Act (PRA), starting with the PRA basics and then delving into more details about processing PRA requests, as well as covering public records management. MRSC is offering this popular workshop on four different days this April. 

Educational Objectives

This training will help your local government stay in compliance with the increasingly demanding world of public records requests and records retention by providing a solid foundation in the basics of the PRA, practical tips, a review of the PRA request process, and other related topics. Attendees will also have access to a pre-recorded PRA Case Law Highlights 2024 webinar for no additional charge.

Workshop Agenda

In the morning, we will focus on the basics of the Public Records Act, including an in-depth exploration of the legal aspects of the PRA. In the afternoon, we will cover the more practical process of responding to a records request. 

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM Public Records Act basics
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM - 12 PM Basics continued; Interactive Discussion
1:00 PM - 2:15 PM 5 Steps in a PRA Request, Part I
2:15 PM- 2:30 PM Break
2:30 PM - 3:15 PM 5 Steps in a PRA Request, Part II
3:15 PM - 4 PM Questions, Discussion, and Advanced Topics

Who Should Attend?

Local government attorneys, new public records officers and employees, and elected officials seeking to meet the Open Government Trainings Act requirements.


  • Sarah Doar, Legal Consultant, MRSC (All Sessions). Sarah joined MRSC in September 2018, after serving as Civil Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Island County. At MRSC, Sarah provides guidance and training to municipalities on many aspects of government, including compliance with public records and open meeting laws, land use issues, and environmental law.   
  • Steve Gross, Legal Consultant, MRSC (April 4). Steve Gross joined MRSC as a legal consultant in January 2020, having worked in municipal law and government for over 20 years as an assistant city attorney for Lynnwood, Seattle, Tacoma, and Auburn, and as the city attorney for Port Townsend and Auburn. He also has been a legal policy advisor for the Pierce County Council and has worked in contract administration. He is a graduate of Appalachian State University and the University of Puget Sound School of Law.   
  • Flannary Collins, Managing Attorney, MRSC (April 11). Flannary first joined MRSC as a legal consultant in August 2013 after serving as assistant city attorney for the city of Shoreline where she advised all city departments on a wide range of issues. At MRSC, Flannary enjoys providing legal guidance to municipalities on all municipal issues, including the OPMA and PRA. She also serves on the WSAMA Board of Directors as Secretary-Treasurer. 
  • Linda Gallagher, Legal Consultant, MRSC (April 16). Linda joined MRSC in 2017. She previously served as a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for King County and as an Assistant Attorney General. Linda’s municipal law experience includes risk management, torts, civil rights, transit, employment, workers compensation, eminent domain, vehicle licensing, law enforcement, corrections, and public health. She graduated from the University of Washington School of Law.
  • Jill Dvorkin, Legal Consultant, MRSC (April 30). Before coming to MRSC, Jill worked for nine years as a civil deputy prosecuting attorney for Skagit County where she advised the planning department on a wide variety of issues including permit processing and appeals, Growth Management Act (GMA) compliance, code enforcement, SEPA, public records, the legislative process, and public records. 


Training Scholarships

Payment Policy: Payment for this webinar is completed online by credit card. If you need to be billed, there will be a $5.00 administrative fee added to your registration fee. Please contact Jacob Rice ( if you need to request an invoice for this webinar.

Refund Policy: Registration closes at 11:59 PM two days before each workshop. All cancelations before the registration deadline are subject to a $15 administrative fee; no refunds for no-shows or cancelations after the registration deadline. Please contact Jacob Rice ( if you need to request a refund.