Ginger McCall serves as the first Public Records Advocate for the State of Oregon. As the State’s first Public Records Advocate, she is responsible for building the Office’s dispute resolution infrastructure, conducting dispute resolution, and designing and implementing trainings on Oregon’s open records laws.
Ms. McCall has worked as both a government open records attorney and an attorney for the requester community. She was formerly an Attorney Advisor at the Department of Labor, where she worked on public records, information law, and privacy issues. There she defended the Department against Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits, commented on the Department’s FOIA regulations, and commented on proposed FOIA legislation. Prior to her work in government, she was the Associate Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), a public interest research center, where she directed the Center’s Open Government Program. She managed EPIC's FOIA litigation and worked on a variety of related issues, including consumer privacy protection, international privacy law, and national security matters.
Ms. McCall has twice served on the FOIA Federal Advisory Committee, where she has led two subcommittees dedicated to researching and proposing improvements on the implementation of the FOIA. Ms. McCall has also taught a course on the Law of Open Government at Georgetown University Law Center. She co-edited Litigation Under the Federal Government Laws 2010, has been published in the New York Times, and has co-authored several friend-of-the-court briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court. Ms. McCall has provided expert commentary for local, national, and international media, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Fox News, NPR, MSNBC, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and Al Jazeera.
Ms. McCall graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh and received her law degree from Cornell Law School. She is barred in Pennsylvania, Oregon, and the District of Columbia.