Request #18-854

 
Closed

Dear Access to Public Officer/Custodian of Records:

This is a request under the Access to Public Records Act.

NOTE FROM PRU: With respect to internal salaried employees, the requester is only looking for general information at the moment, such as how much of their time is spent on school board matters. The focus of the request is on outside counsel.

I am requesting copies of all of the following for the Providence Public Schools Department:

  1. Any and all documents reflecting the amounts billed for legal services for the period of July 1, 2015 to the present, including but not limited to invoices.

  2. Any and all documents reflecting the time expended by each and every individual providing legal services for the period of July 1, 2015 to the present, including but not limited to invoices.
  3. Any and all documents reflecting the dates upon which said individuals provided legal services for the period of July 1, 2015 to the present, including but not limited to invoices.
  4. Any and all documents reflecting the amounts paid for legal services for the period of July 1, 2015 to the present.

  5. Any and all documents reflecting the amounts budgeted for legal services for the period of July 1, 2015 to the present.

  6. Any and all documents reflecting agreements by any firm or individual to provide legal services for the period of July 1, 2015 to the present.

  7. Any and all documents reflecting solicitation for legal services for the period of July 1, 2015 to the present.

  8. Any and all documents reflecting the selection and/or appointment of any individual or firm for the provision of legal services for the period of July 1, 2015 to the present.

  9. Any and all documents reflecting the cases and/or matters for which legal services were provided for the period of July 1, 2015 to the present, and the amount expended upon each.

 

I request a waiver of all fees for this request. Disclosure of the requested information to me is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute significantly to public understanding of the operations or activities of the Providence Public Schools Department.

I request that the information I seek be provided in electronic format, and I would like to receive it via email at [REDACTED].

I have included a telephone number at which I can be contacted, if necessary, to discuss any aspect of my request.

Thank you for your consideration of this request.

 

 

[REDACTED]


Received

October 20, 2018 via web


Departments

Finance Department

Documents

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Staff

Point of Contact

Nicholas Poulos

Request Published Public
November 21, 2018, 6:01pm
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Dear Requester,

 

For your initial information, Brennan & Recupero was the school department's outside counsel for 2015, 2016 and part of 2017. Henneous Carroll Lombardo is the current outside counsel from part of 2017 to Present.

With respect to your request, the Public Records Unit has conducted an initial review of the responsive documents and has determined that it will require a significant amount of search, retrieval, review, and/or redaction to respond to your request. More specifically, it is estimated that it will take 3 hours.


Under the Access to Public Records Act, the City may charge $15 per hour for search, retrieval, review, and redaction, with the first hour free. See R.I. Gen. Laws § 38-2-4(b). Accordingly, you will be charged $30.

Please note that this is just an estimate and you will be charged based upon actual time and costs. Please further note that nothing in this email represents a determination that responsive records will be found or that, if found, responsive records are public records.

Kindly note that the time to respond to your request is tolled pending receipt of your authorization and prepayment in the amount set forth in the estimate.  Checks made payable to the City of Providence may be sent to: Public Records Unit, 444 Westminster Street, Suite 220, Providence, RI 02903.

 

October 22, 2018, 3:26pm
Department Assignment Public
Finance Department
October 20, 2018, 8:04pm
Request Opened Public
Request received via web
October 20, 2018, 8:04pm