Identities of State University Committee Members Should Be Public
Participated in an amicus brief (with the Reporters Committee and other amici) filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Sullivan v. University of Washington. This case concerns efforts by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (“PETA”) to obtain the identities of members of the University of Washington’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (“IACUC”) under Washington’s Public Records Act. The IACUC is responsible for the oversight of animal use at the university and its members are anonymous. A district court granted the members’ motion to protect their identities, finding, inter alia, that federal regulation of the IACUC ensures the credentials and legal constitution of the committee. The amicus brief argues that a federal oversight scheme is not a substitute for public transparency, and details the transparency mandates in the analogous Federal Advisory Committee Act.