Scott Eckersley is well versed in the Missouri Sunshine Law, having successfully litigated in the matter of a governor concealing emails from the public. Eckersley was fired after blowing the whistle but contested the termination and was later completely exonerated. The Sunshine Law mandates open communications regarding the “meetings, records, votes, actions, and deliberations” of state agencies. It calls for a liberal interpretation of particular cases as well as open meetings, not just those conducted in person but also that that take place via telephone or electronic means. The law applies to agencies of local governments and institutions of higher learning. Meetings must be held at times and places accessible to citizens. Agencies may declare their meetings closed if they deal with certain subjects, among them legal actions, hiring or firing of agency employees, confidential real estate transactions, or software codes. Agencies with closed meetings must cite the law that permits them, and they cannot use a closed session to discuss items appropriate for an open session.
Attorney Scott Eckersley has experience as a business litigation associate with Lathrop & Gage LLP and as deputy general counsel with the Office of the Governor of Missouri. He enjoys giving back to the community and supports the Boy Scouts of America. The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is a decades-old nonprofit that strives to prepare young boys to become future leaders and respectable members of the community. As a nonprofit, the BSA relies on generous contributions from its supporters. The simplest way to contribute to the organization is to make a donation, which can be posted online. Supporters may also directly impact a Boy Scout’s life by sponsoring him to go to Boy Scout camp. To enrich their local community, supporters can donate directly to neighborhood Boy Scout groups. Supporters are also encouraged to combine their donation with a memorial: the organization sells plaques, park benches, and pavers in memory of loved one, all of which can be incorporated into scouting headquarters. Learn more about donating by visiting www.scouting.org.
Over the course of his career, attorney Scott Eckersley has earned a number of recognitions for outstanding performance. In 2009, he received Letters of Distinguished Public Service from the governor and the attorney general of the state of Missouri, as well as the Missouri Bar Association. Scott Eckersley also earned the title of Attorney of the Year from Missouri Lawyers Weekly in the same year.Scott Eckersley received his Juris Doctor from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. There, he completed the prestigious PriceWaterhouseCoopers international clerkship in comparative law, supported by a scholarship from the Reuben Clark School of Law. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Brigham Young University. He earned his Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business in 2009. During this time, he completed a 10-day entrepreneurial summit in Shanghai, China, where he worked with leading global business owners and executives.Currently working as Counsel to financial services group Silver Ridge Financial of Salt Lake City, Scott Eckersley combines his corporate and legal expertise. He comes to this role from a similar position with Employers Health Network in Missouri, where he served as General Counsel. Prior to this, he spent several years in public service. He entered government following a nearly six-year tenure at national law firm Lathrop & Gage, where he climbed to Business Litigation Associate from early Summer Associate and Intern roles. Scott Eckersley holds membership in the Missouri Bar Association. He earned the high rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America and has undertaken numerous community-service projects through the Boy Scouts, Legal Aid, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
Government Sunshine Laws Require Disclosure of Email Communications
An experienced attorney and former candidate for the United States House of Representatives, Scott Eckersley provides knowledgeable guidance in legal matters related to business, fiduciary responsibility, and regulatory compliance. He currently serves as Of Counsel to Silver Ridge Financial. Scott Eckersley continues to build on a career underscored by the pursuit of transparency, perseverance, and accomplishment.Government sunshine laws, including those included in the federal Freedom of Information Act, require public officials and employees to release email communications related to disclosure requests from citizens. While privacy laws provide some reasonable expectation of privacy for phone calls, emails prove more readily available because they are so easily accessed from servers owned by the employer, recipient, or Internet service provider. Moreover, they are stored and documentable via the inboxes of recipients and senders as well as the hard drives of the computers used by both parties. Public records acts dictate that very little interaction between government employees and their colleagues, vendors, or constituents carries the protections of “privilege” or privacy. Sunshine laws clearly state that citizens may view communications related to the vast majority of taxpayer-funded activities. In addition, private communications often fall under the terms of FOIA and other similar laws because they were sent via organizational email systems.