Mitchell Pearlman

Mitchell Pearlman, now retired, was the first Executive Director and General Counsel of the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission and now holds the title of Executive Director Emeritus of that organization.

He has practiced law for over 50 years and was an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut teaching Journalism Law for 17 years. He has served as a consultant and lecturer on behalf of the U.S. Department of State and numerous national and international nongovernmental organizations on best practices in democratic governance.

In addition to his work on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information, he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Foundation for Open Government.

He was formerly a Director of the National Freedom of Information Coalition, the New England First Amendment Coalition, the Connecticut Democracy Center, and the Connecticut News Project, publisher of the Connecticut Mirror. He has also served as a member of the Steering Committee of the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws, a member of the International Conference of Information Commissioners, and chaired the Board of Directors of Connecticut Legal Services, the state’s largest legal aid society.

He has published numerous scholarly and popular articles and his book, Piercing the Veil of Secrecy, was published in 2010. He is a recipient of the Open Government Hall of Fame’s Heroes of the 50 States Award.