Sheryl L. Walter

Monday, February 20, 2006

Sheryl Walter has been an advocate of freedom of information both inside and
outside the federal government.

While serving as general counsel of the National Security Archive from
1989-1994, she played a major role in successfully litigating FOIA cases that
established major precedents for ensuring public access to the records of
federal agencies and affirming the rights of authors, freelance writers, and
publishers to have fees waived under the act.

Walter's work helped establish the principle that electronic mail can be a
federal record subject to FOIA requests and preservation under the federal
records laws.

Now general counsel for the Commission on Protecting and
Reducing Government Secrecy, Walter also serves as president of the American
Society of Access Professionals.

Charter member of the Hall of Fame.