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Georgia First Amendment Foundation Weltner Banquet honoring Chief Justice P. Harris Hines 10/10/19

Posted: October 16th, 2019, 5:00 pm
by Nydia Tisdale

Georgia First Amendment Foundation 18th Annual Charles L. Weltner Freedom of Information Banquet posthumously honoring Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice P. Harris Hines at the Emory Conference Center in Atlanta on Thursday, October 10, 2019.

00:00 GFAF Weltner FOI Banquet event program featuring cartoon by Mike Luckovich, and The Red Book: Sunshine Laws
00:44 Welcome and Recognition of Special Guests by Richard T. Griffiths, President, Georgia First Amendment Foundation

Platinum Sponsors
• Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
Gold Sponsor
• The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Silver Sponsors
• LexisNexis
• Griffiths Family Fund
Bronze Sponsors
• Caplan Cobb LLP
• Jones Day
• KB Media

Former Weltner honorees
• Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan, retired
• Cobb County Senior Judge James G. Bodiford
Former Open Government Hero Award
• Tom Bennett, co-founder Georgia First Amendment Foundation, The Atlanta-Journal Constitution, retired
• Citizen journalist Nydia Tisdale
• The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV

Distinguished Guests
• Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr
• Solicitor General Andrew Pinson
• Deputy Solicitor General Ross Bergethon
• Chief Deputy Attorney General Dennis Dunn
• Senior Assistant Attorney General Russ Willard
• Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold Melton
• Supreme Court Presiding Justice David Nahmias
• Supreme Court Justice Robert Benham
• Supreme Court Justice Michael Boggs
• Supreme Court Justice Nels Peterson
• Helen Hines, wife of Weltner honoree P. Harris Hines
• Court of Appeals Chief Judge Christopher McFadden
• Court of Appeals Presiding Judge Ann Barnes
• Court of Appeals Judge Elizabeth Gobeil
• The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Editor in Chief Kevin Riley
• The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Publisher Donna Hall
• WSB-TV News Director Suzanne Nadell
• CNN Vice President & Senior Editorial Director Tim Langmaid
• CNN Senior Counsel Drew Shenkman
• CNN Director of Coverage Laura Bernardini
• CNN Executive Editor Samira Jafari; GFAF Board
• Cobb County Commissioner Lisa Cupid, GFAF Board
• DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Asha Jackson
• DeKalb County Superior Court Shondeana Morris
• DeKalb County Magistrate Judge Hollie Manheimer, GFAF Board
• Douglas County Chief Juvenile Judge Peggy Walker
• Fulton County Superior Court Judge John Goger
• Fulton County Superior Court Judge Paige Reese Whitaker
• Susan Yow, daughter of late Chief Justice Charles L. Weltner
• Richard Yow

06:00 Dinner
06:28 Introduction of Hyde Post, Co-Founder, Georgia First Amendment Foundation
07:43 Presentation of GFAF Founder's Award to Hyde Post
08:16 Remarks by Hyde Post
19:19 Presentation of National Freedom Of Information Coalition (NFOIC) award: Heroes of the 50 States: The State Open Government Hall of Fame to Hyde Post
21:54 Remarks by Richard T. Griffiths
24:46 Shoutout to citizen journalist Nydia Tisdale
38:04 Video tribute to late Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice P. Harris Hines, narrated by Dale Russell
46:12 Introduction of Keynote Speaker by Richard T. Griffiths
47:20 Keynote Speech by Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Harold Melton
49:08 Shoutout to Georgia Supreme Court Public Information Officer Jane Hansen and Public Information Associate Aimee Hadden
1:05:00 Susan Yow, representing the Weltner Family
1:05:18 Presentation of 2019 Charles L. Weltner Freedom of Information Award posthumously honoring Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice P. Harris Hines, received by his wife Helen Hines, escorted to the stage by Georgia State Trooper Dexter Harden
1:06:08 Closing and thank you by Richard T. Griffiths
• Georgia Recorder Editor John McCosh, GFAF Board
• Associated Planners of Georgia Vice President Lenora Kopkin
• KB Media Inc. President Kathy Brister, GFAF Board

Video by Scott Smith, courtesy of Nydia Tisdale, for