The Government Transparency Counsel is a new position at the Oregon Department of Justice. The Government Transparency Counsel's mission is to improve the enforcement of Oregon's open government laws. The position will coordinate all public records requests to the Department of Justice. It will also coordinate DOJ's legal services to state agencies, boards and commissions on issues related to the Public Records Law. The new position will serve as a resource to Oregon's 36 district attorneys who handle appeals from local government denials of public records requests, and it will advise the Attorney General with respect to appeals from state agency denials of public records requests. The goal is to ensure that Oregon's Public Records Law is consistently and correctly applied, as the law requires.
Michael Kron, Government Transparency Counsel
University of Oregon, B.A. magna cum laude 1998
New York University, M.A. 2001
Columbia University Law School, J.D. 2004
Michael Kron's work at the Department involves advising the State of Oregon on government transparency and public records issues. His other responsibilities include researching and drafting Attorney General Opinions and Chief Counsel Letters of Advice. At Columbia Law School, Michael was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and was awarded a Hamilton Fellowship. Michael also holds a masters degree in English Literature. Before coming to the Department, Michael practiced law in Juneau, Alaska, with a focus on education and civil defense. He was a regular contributor to the local public radio station in Juneau, offering analysis of court cases.
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