The Annual Citywide Seminar on Ethics in City Government

The Conflicts of Interest Board and the Center for New York City Law at New York Law School are pleased to announce the Twenty-third Annual Citywide Seminar on Ethics in City Government.


Date: Friday, May 19, 2017


Check in: 8:00 a.m. – 8:25 a.m.

Welcome: 8:30a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Sessions: 9:00a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location: Auditorium WA14

Registration: $30 City Employees; $100 General Admission

CLE: 3.0 Transitional and Nontransitional CLE Credits in Ethics and Professionalism


Title: Chapter 68 in the Digital Age

Summary: Technology, social media, and digital culture are advancing at an overwhelming pace. In February 2017, the Board issued an Advisory Opinion outlining how Chapter 68 applies to certain social media activities, but that opinion addresses just some of the many ways our digital lives can intersect with our duties as public servants. This panel will use the Board’s recent Advisory Opinion as the launching pad for a larger discussion of the relationship between technology and the City’s conflicts of interest law.

Panelists: Rob Casimir, Chad Gholizadeh, & Evan Berkow (in formation)

Title: COIB Advisory and Enforcement Round-up

Summary: Team taught by staff from the Board’s Advice, Enforcement, and Training Units, this session will examine some interesting questions that have emerged with some frequency over the last year, including the organization and attendance of protests by public servants in both official and unofficial capacities, pro bono legal work by City attorneys, and carpooling agreements between public servants. The participants will examine these and other issues from both Enforcement and Advice perspectives using hypotheticals.

Panelists: Chris Hammer, Alex Kipp, Jeff Tremblay (in formation)

Title: Reality and Delusion: President Trump’s Conflicts of Interest

SummaryMuch has been said, on both sides of the aisle, about President Trump’s alleged conflicts of interest. This session will seek to separate the ethics wheat from the political chaff.

Panelists: Mark Davies, Steve Leventhal, Michele Weinstat, Dan Iwrey (in formation)

Title: The Constitutional Question: Should New Yorkers Vote for a State Constitutional Convention, and What Are the Implications for Government Ethics?

Summary: This November New Yorkers will be asked to vote on whether to call a state constitutional convention. That question goes on the ballot every twenty years, although the last time the voters voted “yes” was in the 1930s. This time, however, growing public disquiet about the government in Albany makes a “yes” vote for a convention a real possibility. This seminar will briefly address New York’s constitutional convention process before turning to the role of the Constitution in addressing government ethics and to the ethics questions that could come before a convention.

Panelists: Richard Briffault, Chad Gholizadeh, Gavin Kendall (in formation)

Title: Don’t Let the Door Hit You on the Way Out – Chapter 68 Post-Employment

Summary: What happens when I leave City service? Will I ever get another job as exciting as this one? Can I still practice law? Come and discuss through live-action vignettes covering Chapter 68 post-employment restrictions.

Panelists: Ethan Carrier, Gavin Kendall, Julia Lee (in formation)

Title: Going All In on 68: Gambling and New York City Government

Summary: This session will explore the Chapter 68 implications of various forms of gambling. We will examine questions such as: What constitutes an appropriate use of City time and resources? When does participation in gambling result in a superior/subordinate financial relationship or a superior’s misuse of position? By drawing on a wide range of specific examples such as the lottery, March Madness, and card games, the session looks to identify the Chapter 68 principles that apply to City employees playing games of chance and skill.

Panelists: Jeff Tremblay, Dan Iwrey, and Chris Hammer (in formation)

Title: Coming to Terms with Term Limits

Summary: In this session an expert panel will discuss the history of term limits in the City, the impact of the third term experiment, what has worked and what has not, and where we might go from here.

Panelists: Ethan Carrier, Roy Koshy (in formation)

Title: Campaign Finance Round-up

Summary: The presentation will provide an overview of how the non-partisan work of the Campaign Finance Board intersects and runs alongside of the non-partisan work of the Conflicts of Interest Board. The work of both agencies focuses on the avoidance of actual or perceived influence seeking in government. The session will cover the regulation of candidates and elected officials in their campaigns and in their elective offices. It will also address recent legislation that strives to bring further transparency to possible conflicts when elected officials create apparently political entities to assist with government purposes.

Panelists: Cameron Ferrante, Mark Griffin, Katharine G. Loving, Clare Wiseman, Katherine Miller

Title: Drawing the Line between Social Activism and Chapter 68 Political Activity

Summary: An examination of how social activism may – or may not – intersect with political activity as defined in Chapter 68 of the City Charter.

Panelists: Amber Gonzalez, Clare Wiseman, Roy Koshy (in formation)

Seats will only be held for those who have made full payments.  Visa and MasterCard payments can also be made over the phone at 212.431.2855. Checks should be made payable to “New York Law School” and mailed to:

Center for New York City Law
New York Law School
185 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013-2921

Refunds can only be given if a request is submitted by May 17, 2017.

New York Law School students and faculty: A number of comped spots are available for current, active NYLS students and faculty members. If you would like to attend this program, please e-mail Lillian Valle-Santiago, to make arrangements.

CLE financial aid assistance is available. Application for financial aid assistance must be received no later than three weeks prior to a course offering. To view the New York Law School financial aid policies for CLE events, please visit

Need more information? Require special accommodations? Contact coordinator Lillian Valle-Santiago at 212.431.2855 or

New York Law School has been certified by the New York State Board of Continuing Legal Education as an Accredited Provider of Continuing Legal Education in the State of New York. This program is approved for newly admitted and experienced attorneys.