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Sunshine Laws

Sunshine Laws

Colorado’s Sunshine Laws

Maxfield Gunning, LLP assists individuals and entities seeking to enforce Open Records and Open Meetings Laws.  These laws include the federal Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) and the Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) and the Colorado Open Meetings Law.

We value public participation in government, and believe that government that is open and transparent encourages public participation and helps to ensure responsible stewardship of limited resources.

The Colorado Open Meetings Law declares:

It is “a matter of statewide concern and the policy of this state that the formation of public policy is public business and may not be conducted in secret.”

The Colorado Open Records Law declares:

It is “the public policy of this state that all public records shall be open for inspection by any person at reasonable times, except as provided in this part 2 or as otherwise specifically provided by law.”

In Colorado, decades of coordinated advocacy by the press, individuals, and attorneys through legislation and litigation have created a body of law that enhances our government’s accountability. We are well-versed in Colorado’s Sunshine Laws and provide advice and representation to enforce their requirements.

While a First Assistant Attorney General, Eric Maxfield provided training to Assistant Attorneys General and state agency staff on Open Meetings Law and Open Records Law compliance. He routinely acted as general counsel to diverse state agencies concerning their Sunshine Law obligations, and he litigated Sunshine Law challenges before state district and appellate courts. He has served as a guest lecturer to law students on Colorado Sunshine Law requirements at the University of Denver School of Law.

Rob Gunning has handled Sunshine Law matters in a variety of contexts, including the filing of CORA requests while in private practice and the representation of local government entities in responding to CORA requests.

Disclaimer — Web site content is general information only. Information is not provided as advice for a specific matter, nor does its publication create an attorney-client relationship. Laws vary from one state to another. For legal advice on a specific matter, consult an attorney.