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Ombudsman & Supporting Cast


Lisa Kershner

Lisa Kershner, Ombudsman

Appointed by the MD Attorney General to a 4-year term, Lisa Kershner is Maryland’s first Public Access Ombudsman. Opening the Office on March 30, 2016, Ms. Kershner’s primary activity has been to help PIA requestors and responding agencies resolve PIA issues voluntarily through constructive dialogue and practical problem-solving. Ms. Kershner is a long-time resident of Maryland, a Maryland lawyer, and graduate of UMCP and the University of Maryland School of Law. She brings to the Ombudsman role, prior experience representing requestors and custodians under the PIA and FOIA, as well as experience representing participants in many types of mediation and litigation. After years of litigation practice, Ms. Kershner most enjoys the opportunity to help requestors and agencies solve problems without litigation!

 Jeffrey Hochstetler, Assistant Attorney General

Jeff Hochstetler is an Assistant Attorney General and provides legal counsel to the Public Access Unit, including the Public Access Ombudsman and the Public Information Act Compliance Board. Prior to joining the Office of the Attorney General, Jeff was an Assistant City Solicitor in the Litigation Division of the Baltimore City Law Department. He also served as a law clerk for the Hon. Deborah Eyler on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and the Hon. W. Michel Pierson on the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Jeff is originally from Ohio and received his J.D. and M.A. in English from Duke University, but is now a proud Maryland transplant.

Janice Clark

Janice Clark, Administrative Officer

Janice Clark is an Administrative Officer for the Office of the Attorney General Public Access Unit. In that capacity, she is your first point of contact to reach the Public Access Ombudsman or PIA Compliance Board. She is the Administrator for both of these programs as well as the Open Meetings Compliance Board. Ms. Clark has more than twenty years of professional experience working for the public good. A graduate of Mount Vernon College in Washington, DC, Ms. Clark makes a point of finding the joy in life.