Pines Bach partner Christa Westerberg, assisted by attorney Aaron Dumas, prevailed last week in an Open Records law case on behalf journalist and open government advocate Bill Lueders. Lueders had requested copies of emails from a state legislator and was offered over 1,500 pages of printed emails. He then requested electronic copies, was denied, and sued to obtain them.
A Dane County Circuit Court judge issued a decision recently that derailed the state's plan to cut a snowmobile trail through Blue Mound State Park, an area best known for silent sports like cross-country skiing. The ruling came as a win for Attorney Christa Westerberg, who filed suit against the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on behalf of Karl Heil, a former superintendent of the park, and Kenneth Wade, a resident of the village of Blue Mounds.
Last week, a Circuit Court Judge in Winnebago County ordered the University of Wisconsin (UW) to release personnel records to a student journalist represented by Attorneys Christa Westerberg and Aaron Dumas. The journalist, Alex Nemec, went to court after the University blocked his request for records related to the investigation of Will Hagen, a business professor at the UW in Oshkosh.
Pines Bach attorneys Christa Westerberg and Aaron Dumas are partnering with The Student Press Law Center (SPLC) to defend a student journalist who's seeking records from the University of Wisconsin (UW). The student, Alex Nemec, is the news editor of The Advance Titan, the student-led newspaper at UW Oshkosh. His request for records relating to the investigation of a professor has been blocked, and the case is now in court.
Christa Westerberg recently wrote an op-ed for the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council (WFOIC), which publishes a monthly Your Right to Know column with state-wide distribution. The Wisconsin State Journal, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and The La Crosse Tribune were among the many sources that carried her piece to print.
On June 1, 2017, Attorney Christa Westerberg won an important ruling in an open meetings case brought against the Govenor-appointed Wisconsin Natural Resources Board. The circuit court ruled that the board broke state law by discussing the public's business during a private meeting on January 26th of 2016.