MassMuniLaw Listserve - August to November - Somerville

Brian Sparks filed this request with the Legal Department of Somerville, MA.


From: Brian Sparks

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, M.G.L. c.66, ยง10, I hereby request the following records:

All emails, comments, posts, etc., distributed via the MassMuniLaw (Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association) listserve from 1 August 2015 to 21 October 2015.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.


Brian Sparks

From: David Shapiro

Dear Mr. Sparks,

I write in response to your below public records request dated October 20, 2015, in which you request copies of emails, comments, and posts distributed via the MMLA list serve from August 1, 2015 to October 21, 2015.

The City respectfully objects to providing any emails, comments, and posts to the MMLA list serve on the grounds that the documents reflect attorney-client privileged information and/or information protected by the work product doctrine, pursuant to exemption (d) of the Massachusetts Public Records Law, any applicable implied exemptions to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, and the reasons set forth in DaRosa v. City of New Bedford, 471 Mass. 4446 (2015). The City reserves its right to supplement this response.

Disclosure to outside attorneys that is reasonably necessary to accomplish the scope of work is protected by the attorney-client privilege and/or the work product doctrine.

You may appeal this decision to the Supervisor of Public Records in accordance with applicable Public Records Law.

David Shapiro

David Shapiro

Assistant City Solicitor

City of Somerville

93 Highland Avenue

Somerville, MA 02143

Phone: 617-625-6600 Extn. 4409

Fax: 617-776-8847


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