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9:00 am - 5:00 pm  Registration
10:30 am - 12:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
An Introduction to Campaign Finance Regulation: Regulating Money in Elections, from A to Z
Campaign Finance
An Introduction to Lobbying Regulation: Everything You've Wanted to Know (But Were Afraid to Ask) Lobbying

An Introduction to Open Government Regulation: It's Always Sunny with Freedom of Information Laws
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
Barbarians at the (Virtual) Gate: Surviving the Modern Cyber Siege  Multi-Disciplinary
Pay-to-Play Review: Exploring Enforcement & Compliance Challenges from Both Sides
Campaign Finance
Lobbying Update I: Exploring Federal Lobbying Laws in the U.S. & Canada Lobbying
Training Conversations that Matter: Continuously Communicating to Stakeholders In & Out of the Classroom
Combatting Corruption: Do Crooked Politicians Now Have a Get Out of Jail Free Card? Ethics
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm Kay Williams First Timers & Conference Preview
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Concurrent Sessions
  The Five Cs of a Compassionate Leader  Professional Development
How to Eat an Elephant: Surviving Comprehensive Legislative & Constitutional Reform Multi-Disciplinary

Blind Spots & Professional Skepticism: Leadership Dilemmas
Enforcement Update 2018: Emerging Trends in Investigations & Enforcements  Enforcement
More than Meddling: Foreign Attacks on Elections & Public Policy  Multi-Disciplinary
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Welcome Reception

Presentation of the 2018 Outstanding Service Award
7:00 pm  COGEL Dine-Arounds
7:30 am - 5:00 pm   Registration
7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast & Table Topics
8:45 am - 10:15 am

Conference Kick-Off & Opening Plenary Session

A Phoenix from the Ashes: How Post-Watergate Reform Voices Restored Faith in the U.S. Political Process

 Featured Speaker:

John Dean, New York Times Bestselling Author & former White House Counsel to President Nixon

10:25 am - 11:55 am Concurrent Sessions 

Leading by Listening: Avoiding the Traps That Foil Change Professional Development
In a Digital World, Why FOI? FOI
The Power of Noticing a Slippery Slope: Why Agencies Must React to the Erosion of Ethical Norms Ethics
Campaign Finance Update I: The “Must Know” Litigation Developments Campaign Finance
Elections Update: An Election Expedition - From Current Issues to Unknown Territory Elections
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Plenary Luncheon

Welcome Remarks:

The Honorable Jim Kenney Mayor of Philadelphia, @PhillyMayor

Presentation of the 2018 COGEL Award

Award Recipient: 

Wesley Bizzell, Senior Assistant General Counsel
and Managing Director of Political Law & Ethics Programs, Altria Client Services, @wesleydbizzell

A Voice Heard: Reel Conversations with the Director of Dark Money

 Featured Speaker:

Kimberly Reed, Director & Producer of Dark Money and Prodigal Sons

Interviewed by Wesley Bizzell

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm Concurrent Sessions

Plenary Spotlight

A Scandal Right Out of the 'Gate: Go Behind the Scenes with Two Watergate Eyewitnesses


Wesley Bizzell, Senior Assistant General Counsel
and Managing Director of Political Law & Ethics Programs, Altria Client Services, @wesleydbizzell

Featured Plenary Speakers: 

John Dean, New York Times Bestselling Author & former White House Counsel to President Nixon, @JohnWDean

The Honorable Rufus Edmisten, former North Carolina Attorney General & Secretary of State; former Deputy Chief Counsel for the Senate Watergate Committee

Giving Advice Is Like a Cheesesteak: It's All About the Process[ed Cheese] Multi-Disciplinary
Relying on Vendors: Striking a Balance in Electoral Administration Elections
Making Your Case I: Here Comes the Judge Enforcement
You’re Not From Around Here, Are You? Changing a Culture of Non-Compliance Ethics
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm Concurrent Sessions
Voting with Dollars: The Evolution & Future of Public Financing Campaign Finance
Welcome to the World of YES: Improv Skills for COGEL Professionals Professional Development
Am I Just a Data Point? A Consideration of Privacy
Lobbying Update II: Exploring State, Provincial, & Local Lobbying Laws Lobbying
Ethics in the 21st Century: Should We Be Stuck in a Watergate Mindset in the Age of Millennials & Gen Z? Multi-Disciplinary
6:30 pm
COGEL Dine-Arounds
7:30 am - 5:00 pm   Registration
7:30 am - 8:45 am Breakfast & Table Topics
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Conference Registration
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Plenary Session

#MeToo Sheroes: Raising Our Voices to Combat A Harassment Culture 


Susan Willeke, Conference Co-Chair, Education & Communications Manager, Ohio Ethics Commission, @OHEthics

Featured Speakers:

The Honorable Laura Friedman, Assembly Member, State of California, @laurafriedman43

Amber Hikes, Executive Director, Office of LGBT Affairs, City of Philadelphia, @AmberHikes

Adama Iwu, Founder, We Said Enough; Vice President, State & Community Relations, VISA, @Adamanation

The Honorable Faith Winter, Representative, State of Colorado, @FaithWinterCO

10:15 am - 11:45 am Concurrent Sessions
They Want HOW Many Pages? Voluminous FOI Requests FOI
Social Media Ads Explained: How Campaign Ads & Social Media Transparency Rules Work Campaign Finance
The Ethics of #MeToo: Addressing Sexual Harassment by Government Officials Multi-Disciplinary
Digital Democracy: Ensuring Voter Security in a Modern World Elections
Making Your Case II:Just Do It Enforcement
11:45 am - 1:30 pm
COGEL Dine-Arounds
1:00 pm - 3:15 pm Innovation Showcase: Drop In & See the New Technologies of COGEL Members
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm Concurrent Sessions
Campaign Finance Update II: Exploring Legislative & Regulatory Trends Campaign Finance
Ethics Update I: Advice, Legislation & Litigation Ethics
Speaking a Reporter’s Language: Working Constructively with Reporters Without Crossing Lines Professional Development
War Games, Election-Style: An Election Disaster Drill to Protect Against Hackers Elections
FOI Update: Surveying the Legislative & Litigation Landscape FOI
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Plenary Session

Silent Voices No More - Shining a Light on Dark Money: An EXCLUSIVE Screening of the Award-Winning PBS Documentary

Directed & Produced by Kimberly Reed

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Annual "Mix & Mingle” Reception
8:00 am - 12:00 pm   Registration
8:00 am - 9:00 am Breakfast & Annual COGEL Business Meeting
9:15 am - 10:30 am Concurrent Sessions
We're All Atwitter: Understanding How Technology is Changing the Face of Lobbying Registration & Disclosure Lobbying
Make'em Laugh & Leave'em Wanting More: Creating Narrative Educational Compliance Content Professional Development
It’s Not a Campaign Expense. Or Is It? Elected Officials Raising & Spending Money for Legal Defense Funds & 501(c)(4) Groups Campaign Finance
Ethics Update II: Education, IT, & Financial Disclosure Ethics
FOI Roundtable
10:45 am - 12:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
Why Should I Vote? Combatting Voter Disengagement Elections
#MeToo in Our Agencies: Creating a Safe & Respectful Workplace for Our Employees Multi-Disciplinary
Campaign Ad Whack-a-Mole: Regulating Social Media Campaign Ads on the Information Superhighway  
Campaign Finance
Scaling the Wall of Division: Agency Advice & Enforcement Functions
Financial Disclosures: The Most Important Ethics Tool that Never Get Attention Ethics
 12:00 pm COGEL Dine-Arounds

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