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Open Government Advocacy Project:
Sampling of Vineland School Board's legal bills on-line
 

Issue Detail:

 
A worthwhile exercise for citizen activists is to request their municipality's, school board's or other agency's legal services bills. These records permit citizens to know a) how much money the agency is spending on lawyers and b) a general idea of what the money is being spent on. As an illustration, I submitted an OPRA request for invoices for legal services provided to the Vineland (Cumberland County) Board of Education for a three month period. I have placed those invoices, which span nearly eighty pages, on the Internet at Here are just a few things that a citizen can learn from the invoices: 1. That the Vineland Board of Education paid three law firms approximately $21,200 during a three month period in 2010. 2. Frank DiDomenico's April 15, 2010 (pages 4 and 5 of the PDF at the link above) gives some insight into the Board's March 2010 contract negotiations with the Vineland Administrators and Supervisors Association (VASA). 3. Frank DiDomenico's April 15, 2010 (page 12 of the PDF) refers to "Tracy Soto School Aide and criminal charges in Vineland Municipal Court." 4. Frank DiDomenico's April 15, 2010 invoice (page 13 of the PDF) refers to the Board's "intent to privatize Food Service Operations." 5. Frank DiDomenico's May 18, 2010 invoice (page 26 of the PDF) refers to an "issue of restitution" discussed with the Cumberland County Prosecutor's Office and Frank DiDomenico's June 9, 2010 invoice (page 35 of the PDF) on the same matter refers to an unnamed official or employee being reinstated "due to no indictment by County Prosecutor." After reading these invoices, a citizen activist, in order to learn more, can submit a records request for the records that the invoices disclose. For example, my records request for records revealed by these invoices are on-line at In sum, legal services invoices contain useful information for citizen activists who wish to monitor a public body and hold it accountable. John Paff, Chair New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy Project Somerset, New Jersey

 

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