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38th Annual
COGEL Conference


December 11 - 14, 2016
New Orleans Marriott


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Conference Schedule

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2016
8:30 am - 5:00 pm Conference Registration
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Tech Tips: What You Should Know About IT
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm Local Agency Roundtable
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
The Campaign Finance Crystal Ball: Predicting Future Litigation
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm Kay Williams First Timers Session & Conference Preview
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm In Search of Best Practices: ALI’s Principles of Government Ethics
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Speed Mentoring Roundtable
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
A (Very) Brief History of Bribery
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm Cases by the Clock: A Review of the Campaign Finance Cases You Need to Know
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm Certifiably COGEL
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Welcome Reception
Presentation of the COGEL Outstanding Service Award
7:00 pm
Dinner On Your Own or with a COGEL Dine-Around


MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2016
7:30 am - 8:30 am Breakfast - Table Topics
8:30 am - 4:45 pm
Conference Registration
8:45 am - 10:15 am Plenary Session: To Be Announced
10:25 am - 11:55 am
Ethics Update I: Legislation & Litigation
10:25 am - 11:55 am FOIA Session
10:25 am - 11:55 am The Looming Voting Machine Crisis: What Should We Do?
10:25 am - 11:55 am Two Hats, One Shoestring: Managing with Limited Resources
10:25 am - 11:55 am Campaign Finance Update I: Litigation
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Plenary Session: To Be Announced
Presentation of 2016 COGEL Award Recipient
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm FOIA Session
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm Shining a Light on Money & Influence: The Power of Data Visualization
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm How Big Money Corrupts Our Democracy & What We Can Do About It
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm Whistles Are Not Just for Refs: Encouraging Whistleblowing
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm Enforcement Update: A Look Across the COGEL Disciplines
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm Make Them Laugh: Training with Humor
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm Ethics Update II: Enforcements
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm Election Update
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm Investigating from Your Office: Using Data Mining Tools & Techniques
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm Digging Up the Truth About Grassroots Lobbying
  Dinner On Your Own or with a COGEL Dine-Around


TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2016
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: To Be Announced
10:15 am - 11:45 am Campaign Finance Update II: Legislation
10:15 am - 11:45 am Voter Registration in the Digital Age
10:15 am - 11:45 am FOIA Session
10:15 am - 11:45 am Leadership DNA: How to Cultivate & Lead High Performance Teams
10:15 am - 11:45 am Lobbying Update
11:45 am - 1:30 pm Lunch On Your Own or with a COGEL Dine-Around
1:00 pm - 3:15 pm Shiny New Toys: COGEL Agencies Demonstrate Amazing IT Solutions
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm The Quest for Ethics Reform
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm Preparing the Case I: The Nuts & Bolts of Thorough Investigations
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm Meet the Press: The Sequel!
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm FOIA Update: Legislation & Litigation
1:45 pm - 3:15 pm Promoting Small Donor Democracy
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Plenary Speaker: To Be Announced
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Bonus "Mix and Mingle" Reception


WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2016
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Conference Registration
8:00 am - 9:00 am Breakfast - Annual COGEL Business Meeting
9:15 am - 10:30 am How to Avoid Death by PowerPoint
9:15 am - 10:30 am Preparing the Case II
9:15 am - 10:30 am It’s Not Your Money: How to Spot the Embezzlement & the Personal Use of Campaign Funds
9:15 am - 10:30 am Collaborating with Civic Hackers to Further Your Agency’s Mission
9:15 am - 10:30 am Geaux Vote! How to Encourage Citizens to Register & Vote
10:45 am - 12:00 pm Advice Jambalaya: The Secret Ingredients for Drafting Consistent & Understandable Advice
10:45 am - 12:00 pm FOIA Roundtable
10:45 am - 12:00 pm Dark Money & The Quest for the Perfect Coordination Rule
10:45 am - 12:00 pm Public Employee Political Activity: Walking a Fine Line
10:45 am - 12:00 pm What Price for Convenience Voting?
12:00 pm
 Dinner On Your Own or with a COGEL Dine-Around