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Engstrom Wins 2017 Sunshine Award for Advocacy

Today, Principal Attorney Elliot Engstrom was named the winner of the 2017 Sunshine Award for Advocacy. The Sunshine Awards are given out annually by the Sunshine Center of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition. The award is given to an advocate who worked in 2016 to help keep government transparent.

From the Sunshine Center:

The winner of the 2017 Sunshine Award for advocacy goes to Elliot Engstrom, fellow at the Elon University School of Law. Prior to joining the law school, Engstrom was an attorney at the Civitas Institute's Center for Law and Freedom. It was in that role that he took up, pro bono, the case of Ellen Deitz Tucker who was trying to get information from the city of Belmont in Gaston County related to her sister's death. Engstrom represented Tucker in a lawsuit against the city over it's refusal to release a report on the police department that was prepared by a private investigative agency on the city's behalf. In August, the court ruled that significant portions of the report are public record and must be released.

Engstrom later presented information about the case to attendees of Sunshine Day 2017. Read more here.

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