EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT – CLE – JCOPE: “Topics on Ethics in New York State: A Closer Look” 


The New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics and the Center for New York City Law at New York Law School are pleased to announce “Topics on Ethics in New York State: A Closer Look” 

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019


Location: New York Law School, 185 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Time: Check in: 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 pm.

Plenary and Sessions: 1:00 p.m. – 3:50 pm.

Credits: 3 CLE credits in Ethics & Professionalism


State and City Employees: The seminar is $25, with registration.

NYLS faculty, staff, and students: Free with registration

General Public: The fee is $100.00, with registration.

Registration required: There is limited seating so it is important to register. We cannot guarantee a seat to persons who do not register in advance.


12:30 – 1:00 Event Check-in

1:00 – 1:10pm
Plenary session (10 minutes)

Introduction by Dean Anthony W. Crowell and Professor Ross Sandler

1:10 – 2:25pm
First panel (75 minutes):  Financial Disclosure

This panel will take a deep dive into the annual financial disclosure statement (FDS) process for New York State officials. The panel, made up of current and former officials from New York state and city government, as well as the federal government, will discuss how to best ensure that the FDS process meets its objectives – rooting out conflicts of interest in government through transparency. The panel will look at whether current law captures the proper population of filers and asks for the most relevant information. The panel will also explore the policy underlying the FDS form, the uses of the form for law enforcement purposes, as well as different jurisdictional approaches to FDS reporting.


Moderated by Keith St.John, JCOPE, Director of Ethics

Lisa Reid, Executive Director, Legislative Ethics Commission

Richard Briffault, Chair, Conflicts Of Interest Board and Joseph P. Chamberlain Professor of Legislation, Columbia University

Sean Dent, Deputy General Counsel, Federal Housing Finance Agency

Carrie Cohen, Morrison Foerster, LLP, former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York




2:35 – 3:50pm
Second panel (75 minutes):  Best Practices

This panel will consider routine government ethics issues that arise in both the public and private sector, and explore best practices to help avoid ethics and lobbying law violations.  The panel, consisting of private and public sector lawyers will discuss real-world scenarios and proactive measures that apply to both sides of the fence, including but not limited to conflicts that arise in the context of procurements and vendor relationships, the post-employment restrictions on former State employees, outside activities, and gifts. The panel will look at easing any confusion there may be in some of those areas and help people working in the public and private sectors make sure they are armed with what they need to be in compliance.



Moderated by Monica Stamm, JCOPE, General Counsel

Michael Sande, JCOPE, Deputy Director of Ethics Guidance

Shoshanna Bewley, General Counsel/ethics officer, New York State Office of Information Technology Services (ITS)

Mark F. Glaser, Greenberg Traurig

 Jeff Pearlman, Director, New York State Authorities Budget Office



For more information,

contact Lillian.valle-santiago@nyls.edu



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