Wiggin and Dana Partner Recognized by the Connecticut Council on Freedom Of Information

July 8, 2011

- Aaron Bayer, Partner in the firm's Appellate and Complex Legal Issues Group, was presented The Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information's (CCFOI) Champion of Open Government Award at the CCFOI's 2011 annual meeting.

The Champion of Open Government Award is given to individuals in recognition of their extraordinary service to the people of the state of Connecticut in preserving, defending and enhancing access to government information, which is essential to a healthy and vibrant democracy. Other recipients this year included former newspaper editors and Freedom of Information Commission members who were actively involved in legislative efforts to advance the cause of open government.

Aaron previously received the E. Bartlett Barnes Freedom of Information Award from the Freedom of Information Commission and a Freedom of Information Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists.

CCFOI was formed by leaders of Connecticut's news media in 1955 to help pass a strong state Freedom of Information Act. The law was finally enacted in 1975. Since then CCFOI has worked to both strengthen the act and defend it against the many attempts to weaken or eliminate it.