How, and How Often, Do Legal Academics Use FOIA?

On Lawfare, Ryan Scoville asked “how, and how often, do legal academics use FOIA?” He writes “the actual use of FOIA and its state-law equivalents in legal academia has been quite limited. By my count, fewer than 60 law review articles in the entire Westlaw database report that the author obtained or tried to obtain records under a freedom-of-information law in carrying out the underlying research. In other words, law professors generally embrace transparency—but have traditionally relied upon others to supply it.”

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