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Joy Ramsingh

Joy's practice focuses on transparent government issues and appellate litigation. She has significant experience with both in the private and public sector, counseling news media organizations, businesses, government entities, and individuals. 

Prior to establishing this practice, Joy worked at a private firm in Philadelphia exclusively handling transparency and media issues. Before that, she was an appeals officer at the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records, where she also served as appellate and amicus curiae counsel. In that role, she also issued hundreds of binding legal opinions in public records appeals.

In state government, she assisted with trainings, research, and the compilation of a case index including every significant public records court case decided since the advent of the law. While there, she represented the Office of Open Records as appellate counsel, successfully defending the constitutionality of the state's public records law.

One of the highlights of Joy's representative matters was a case of first impression in Pennsylvania involving a school district that was removing books from a school library. Joy not only successfully argued that the requester had a right to see a record of the removals; but also conclusively established that the school district had falsified and tampered with the public record before they provided it, winning a substantial attorney’s fees and costs award.

Joy counsels clients with public records issues across the nation and serves on the leadership board of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation. Firms, Fortune 500 companies, news media organizations, and government agencies seek out and rely on her focused experience when dealing with public records litigation and compliance issues. She enjoys collecting antiquarian books in her free time.

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Education

University of Tennessee, Juris Doctor

      Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif, Moot Court Board

     Concentration in Advocacy and Dispute Resolution

Lipscomb University, Bachelor of Arts 

       Magna Cum Laude, Music

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Court Admissions

U.S. District for the Middle District of Tennessee

State Admissions

Tennessee
Pennsylvania

Georgia

Selected Representative Matters

  • Authored hundreds of binding open records legal opinions as an Appeals Officer at the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records

  • Amicus Curiae Counsel on behalf of the Pennsylvania Office Of Open Records in a landmark case awarding over $100,000.00 to a requester in attorney's fees (Uniontown Newspapers Inc. v. Pa. Dept. of Corrections, 197 A.3d 825 (Pa. 2018))

  • Amicus Curiae Counsel on behalf of the Pennsylvania Office Of Open Records defending the constitutionality of the Right-to-Know Law (County of Adams v. Pennsylvania Office of Open Records, Ryan McFarland and Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, No. 2019-S-907 (Adams Co. Ct. Comm. Pleas))

  • Amicus Curiae Counsel on behalf of the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records defending the constitutionality of the Right-to-Know Law (Lehighton Area School District v. Campbell, No. 19-0421 (Carbon Co. Ct. Comm. Pleas))

  • Appellate Counsel on behalf of the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records in a landmark case holding that a de facto regulator of scholastic sports was an "agency" for purposes of the Right-to-Know Law (Campbell v. PIAA, 661 M.D. 2020 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 2020))

  • Appellate Counsel on behalf of the Georgia First Amendment Foundation in a case of first impression concerning the accessibility of medical cannabis court records 

  • Sunshine Act Counsel to citizen watch-dog groups and local government agencies, providing counsel as to compliance with the law

  • Appellate Co-Counsel in a landmark case establishing the right of a minority public board member to seek and obtain board records for the purpose of ensuring public board transparency (Muth v. PSERS, 180 M.D. 2021 (Pa. Commw. Ct.))

  • Counsel for Mercer University's Center for Collaborative Journalism and the Macon Newsroom in public records matters

  • Counsel in a case of first impression in Pennsylvania, in which a requester conclusively established that the agency falsified records to evade the Right-to-Know Law, winning an award of attorney's fees and costs for bad faith.

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • The Georgia Open Records Act at 65: Challenges and Opportunities, Both New and Old, Georgia Bar Media & Judiciary Conference, February 23, 2024

  • Right to Know Law and Sunshine Act Litigation Roundtable, Pennsylvania News Media Association Annual Media Lawyer Conference, November 2, 2023

  • Sunshine in the Classroom: Open Government and Free Speech in Georgia schools, Georgia First Amendment Foundation Webinar, October 25, 2023

  • Public Access and Transparency:  New Opportunities and Obstacles in a post-pandemic Georgia, Georgia Bar Media & Judiciary Conference, February 24, 2023

  • Open Records Workshop, Middle Georgia Regional Library, November 10, 2022 (in collaboration with Mercer University's Center for Collaborative Journalism)

  • The Filmed Blue Line: How to Get Body Cam Footage in a Post-Floyd Era, Society for Professional Journalists Annual Conference, October 28, 2022

  • #MediaLawNetwork, National Freedom of Information Coalition Annual Summit, October 20, 2022

  • Police or prosecutors? Who is really restricting access to law enforcement records and videos, and why? National Freedom of Information Coalition Annual Summit, October 19, 2022

  • Open Records Workshop, Middle Georgia Regional Library, November 10, 2022 (in collaboration with Mercer University's Center for Collaborative Journalism)

  • How to Request Police Video in PA, Allegheny County Bar Association, October 7, 2022

  • The Case for Model Open Records Legislation, Virginia Coalition for Open Government, Semi-Annual Conference, May 18, 2022

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