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2019 Conference Schedule 

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Conference Registration
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Concurrent Sessions
  Sandbox Dilemma: Can Campaign Finance Disclosure Regulation and Social Media Play Well Together?
  "Speak the Truth, but Leave Immediately After:" The Art of Speaking on your Feet!
Hey, Advice-Givers: It's Game Time!
  The Winter of Our Discontent: Do Ethics Still Matter in the Current Climate?
3:15 PM - 3:45 PM Kay Williams First Timers & Conference Preview
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM Concurrent Sessions

Same Objective, Different Perspective: Balancing Compliance and Enforcement

To Build a Better Ballot: Designing Ballots and Forms to Encourage Fewer Administrative Errors and Better Electoral Accessibility
The Chicago Way: Is Chicago the "Most Theatrically Corrupt American City"?
  Innovation Showcase: Highlights in Technology Advances!
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Welcome Reception

 Presentation of the 2019 Outstanding Service Award

7:00 PM COGEL Dine-Arounds
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM Breakfast & Table Topics
8:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Conference Kick-Off & Opening Plenary Session

Rigged: The Player Suppression Handbook

Featured Speaker:

Mac Heller, Executive Producer 

10:25 AM - 11:55 AM Concurrent Sessions
Campaign Finance Update 1: The "Must Know" Litigation Developments
Ethics Update I:Advice, Legislation, Litigation & Enforcement Updates
The Wide World of FOI and Sports
Vote by Mail: Lessons from the Trenches
Against the Wind: How to Promote and Protect Good Law when Legislators like the Status Quo
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Plenary Luncheon & Presentation of the 2019 COGEL Award

British Columbia Legislative Spending Scandal: A Moment that Changed Everything

Featured Speaker:

Dr. Darryl Plecas, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia

1:45 PM - 3:15 PM Concurrent Sessions

#Woodsplitter: The Spending Scandal in British Columbia

FARA: It's Not Just the (Misspelled) Name of a 1970s Actress
Kicking the Tires of a National Privacy Policy
User-Experience Design: Make the Public Experience the Best Experience
3:30 PM - 4:45 PM Concurrent Sessions
Babysitting? "Hush" Payments? Legal Expenses? The Appropriate (and Inappropriate) Uses of Campaign Funds
The Mayor, the Brothel and the Watchdog: A Conversation about the Decline in Local Journalism and what that Means for Government, Corruption and Ethics
Lobbying Update I: Exploring Federal Laws in the U.S. & Canada
Elections Update: Developments, Judicial Decisions and the 2020 Election
Social Media in Government: A Public Voice Workshop
6:30 PM COGEL Dine-Arounds
7:30 AM - 8:45 AM Breakfast & Table Topics
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Plenary Session

White Collar Criminal Defense in the 21st Century: Changing Tides of Enforcement?

Featured Speaker:

Abbe Lowell, One of the Nation's Leading White-Collar Defense and Trial Lawyers

10:15 AM - 11:45 AM Concurrent Sessions
  Crypto-Currency and the Blockchain Explained
What to Do When the Rules Don't Apply to Everyone
Lobbying Update II: Exploring State, Provincial & Local Lobbying Laws
Investigations of Public Officials: How Much Should the Public Know?
Foreign Interest in Elections. What is Happening? Why is it Happening? What Can We Do About It?
11:45 AM - 1:30 PM COGEL Dine-Around
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM Concurrent Sessions
  Campaign Finance Update II: Exploring Legislative & Regulatory Trends
  The King of Frauds: Conversation with Washington Post Wire Services Editor Bob Mitchell
  Freedom of Information (FOI) Legislation and Litigation Update
  The Tale of Whistleblowers
  Just the Facts, Ma'am: Asking the Right Questions to Give Good Advice
3:30 PM - 5:15 PM

Plenary Session

All The Queen's Horses: An EXCLUSIVE Screening of the acclaimed film

Interview and Q&A with Dr. Kelly Richmond Pope

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Annual "Mix and Mingle" Reception
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM Breakfast & Annual COGEL Business Meeting
9:15 AM - 10:30 AM Concurrent Sessions
  #MeToo- Now What? Addressing Sexual Harassment Issues through Government Ethics
One Day a Campaign Staffer; the Next a Lobbyist. Is It All "Too Cozy"?
Freedom of Information Roundtable
Addressing Cyber Security Deficiencies: Illinois Case Study
Moving Training from Good to Great
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM Concurrent Sessions
Engaging Citizens to Follow the Money
Ethics Update II: Education, IT & Financial Disclosure
Enforcement Update: Trends, Challenges and Charges in Enforcements and Investigations
Hand-in-Hand: The Science of Hiring and Retention
12:00 PM COGEL Dine-Arounds