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Congratulations to Alexis Lambert, Florida's New Sunshine Law Attorney!

On Monday, June 2nd, Florida’s Attorney General announced the appointment of Alexis Lambert as the new Sunshine Law Attorney for the Office of the Attorney General.

In Florida, every person has been granted the Constitutional right to inspect or copy any public record with some exemptions, and the Sunshine Law provides a right of access to government proceedings at both the state and local levels. These essential laws afford citizens of the state the ability to see behind the curtain of government and remain involved in the processes that affect their lives. Without this access there is little accountability, and accountability is vital for good government. – Source

Basically, Ms. Lambert will oversee and manage the openness of Florida’s state government, ensuring that every citizen of Florida is granted the Constitutional right to inspect or copy any public record not exempt by law. Ms. Lambert holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a master’s degree in Education from the University of Florida, where she also earned her law degree in 2004. She is a member of the Florida Bar and began working as an Assistant Attorney General in February 2007. She also serves as legal counsel to the Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys and the Florida Commission on the Status of Women.

Most importantly, Ms. Lambert received a glowing approval from Barbara Petersen, President of the First Amendment Foundation, who said:

“I’m pleased that Attorney General McCollum has appointed Ms. Lambert as Sunshine Attorney… Florida citizens enjoy a historic right of access to the records and meetings of their government and it’s critically important that the citizens have a voice and an advocate when it comes to open government. I look forward to working with Ms. Lambert.”

FL Attorney General, Bill McCollum, made a great choice in Alexis, who he referred to as, “… [A] person of integrity who has my trust and respect.”

We here at the Legal Satyricon couldn’t agree more and offer our warmest and most sincere congratulations to Alexis and Florida’s state government for hitting a home run.

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