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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, she was reappointed to a second term in March 2020. 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!

Sara Klemm

Sara Klemm, Assistant Attorney General

Sara is a native Baltimorean and proud attendee of Maryland public schools from kindergarten through law school. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a degree in English Literature and American Studies. In 2011, Sara graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law. After clerking for the Honorable Russell F. Canan in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Sara went to work for Maryland’s Office of the Public Defender. She handled district court cases in Harford County before transferring to the Baltimore City office, where she took on misdemeanor cases in both district and circuit court. In 2017, Sara transferred again to the public defender’s post conviction division where she handled post conviction cases statewide. She is very happy to join the Public Access Unit and looks forward to learning all about the PIA.

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.