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37th Annual
COGEL Conference
December 6 - 9, 2015
Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel
Online registration for the 2015 COGEL Conference has closed—onsite registration will be available at the Conference Registration Desk beginning Sunday, December 6 at 8:00 a.m. We hope you will join us at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston for this year’s Conference.
Conference Schedule

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2015
8:00 am - 5:00 pmConference Registration
9:30 am - 11:00 am
Tech Toolbox: What You Should Know
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Tech Toolbox II: Shiny New Toys—Unveiling New Technologies of COGEL Members
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Lunch on Your Own
1:30 pm - 3:00 pmLocal Agency Roundtable: Wisdom from the Trenches
1:30 pm - 3:00 pmEnforcement Update: Investigations & Enforcement Actions in the Spotlight
1:30 pm - 3:00 pmKay Williams First Timers Session & Conference Preview
3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
The Honest Truth About Dishonesty
3:15 pm - 4:45 pmSpeed Mentoring Roundtables: Learn from the Best!
3:15 pm - 4:45 pmCertifiably COGEL: Exploring a COGEL Certification Program
3:15 pm - 4:45 pmOriginal Sins: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to Federal Anti-Corruption Efforts in the Era of Manifest Destiny
5:30 pm - 7:00 pmWelcome Reception: COGEL Outstanding Service Award
Dinner - On Your Own


MONDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2015
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast - Table Topics
8:45 am - 10:15 amPlenary Session with Ambassador Norm Eisen "Why Critics of Transparency Are Wrong: How Openness Prevents Corruption and Back-Room Deals”
10:25 am - 11:55 am
Ethics Update l: Be in the Know on Ethics Legislation, Litigation, & Advisory Updates
10:25 am - 11:55 amOpen Government & The Gadfly: Balancing Transparency with Overly Zealous Requestors
10:25 am - 11:55 am Technology in the Voting Process: How to Develop Meaningful Standards
10:25 am - 11:55 amHelp Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Developing Millennials into Future Leaders
10:25 am - 11:55 amCampaign Finance Update I – The "Must Know” Campaign Finance Litigation of 2015
12:00 pm - 1:30 pmPlenary Session with Pulitzer Prize Winning Reporter Jeff Gottlieb
"Corruption on Steroids: A Reporter’s Behind-the-Scenes View”
2015 COGEL Award
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm Corruption on Steroids II: Keeping City Hall Accountable--Lessons Learned from the Bell Corruption Scandal
1:45 pm - 3:15 pmRiding the Rapids: The Rapidly Changing Maze of New Technology & FOl
1:45 pm - 3:15 pmNavigating the Social Media Minefield: Regulating & Advising in a Digital Age
1:45 pm - 3:15 pmA Code to Live By: Codes of Conduct for Lobbyists
1:45 pm - 3:15 pmA Good Election, or a Bad One? Considering Electoral Standards Beyond your Election
3:30 pm - 4:45 pmHardwired for Narrative: The Art of Story Telling
3:30 pm - 4:45 pmBig Ideas, Little $$: Innovative, Clever & Inexpensive Hacks Your Agency Will Want to Use
3:30 pm - 4:45 pmWhat Conflict of Interest? I’m an Ethical Person!
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm Campaign Finance II – Legislative & Regulatory Trends Voter Fraud—Fact or Fiction?
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm Voter Fraud—Fact or Fiction?
Dinner - On Your Own


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2015
7:30 am - 8:45 amBreakfast - Table Topics
9:00 am - 10:00 amPlenary Session with Dr. Victoria Farrar-Myers "The Appearance of Corruption: Why It Matters & Why We Must Address It”
10:15 am - 11:45 amSuper PAC Potluck: Coordination, Scam PACs & Super PAC Pop-Ups
10:15 am -11:45 amRequests, Responses & Retention: Exploring the Ethics of FOl
10:15 am - 11:45 amTrust is Everything: Building a Long-Lasting Culture of Trust, One Brick at a Time
10:15 am - 11:45 amLobbying Update: The Ins & Outs of Lobbying Legislation, Regulations & Litigation
10:15 am - 11:45 amElections Update: Significant Developments & Noteworthy Controversies
11:45 am - 1:30 pmLunch - On Your Own
1:45 pm - 3:15 pmMeet the Press (with Confidence!) – Effective Strategies & Tips When Dealing with the Media
1:45 pm - 3:15 pmEthics Update II: Enforcement Updates, Organizational Changes, & New Initiatives
1:45 pm - 3:15 pmPreparing the Case l: The Nuts & Bolts of Thorough Investigations
1:45 pm - 3:15 pmFreedom of Information Update: Surveying the Legislation & Litigation Landscape
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm Dark Money: A View from the States
3:30 pm - 4:30 pmPlenary Session with Gary Dixon "Lessons from Kermit the Frog, Albert Einstein, and George Washington: How Your Values Make a Difference”
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmBonus "Mix and Mingle" Reception
Dinner - On Your Own


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2015
8:00 am - 9:00 amBreakfast - Plenary Session; Annual COGEL Business Meeting
9:15 am - 10:30 amFreedom of Information Roundtable
9:15 am - 10:30 amPreparing the Case II: The Art of Locking in the Evidence
9:15 am - 10:30 amStronger Parties, Stronger Democracies: Rethinking Campaign Finance Reform
9:15 am - 10:30 amThe Mojo in the Metrics: Measuring the Success of an Election
10:45 am - 12:00 pm Rocking the Youth Vote – Coming to a City Near You!
10:45 am - 12:00 pm Running into the Hatch Act: Political Activity Restrictions for Public Employees
10:45 am - 12:00 pm I’m All About the Disclosure: All the Right Transparency in All the Right Places
10:45 am - 12:00 pmAre there Shades of Grey in a House of Cards?