Lawyer finds his niche as government watchdog

The Durango Herald: Matt Roane, an attorney in Archuleta County, knows he is not universally loved, but he hopes his work fighting open records issues will spur a movement of government watchdogs.

Roane has found a niche in his law practice, monitoring local government and challenging issues where he believes town or county officials have violated open records laws.

When he’s won, Roane has recovered attorney fees for his time and work.

And it’s this model – being reimbursed to challenge the government – that he hopes others will follow to more closely keep tabs on local government.

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