Upcoming Event: “Solutions for Pushing Stronger Ethics in Government”
May 15, 2018
On Tuesday, May 15th join the Campaign Legal Center for “Solutions for Pushing Stronger Ethics in Government,” a conversation on the current state of government ethics at the federal, state and local levels; and recommendations on how governments can work to strengthen ethics programs across the country.
• Walter Shaub, Jr.
Senior Director, Ethics
• Catherine Hinckley Kelley
Director, Policy & State Programs
• Meredith McGehee
Moderated by Adav Noti, Senior Director, Trial Litigation
One of the hallmarks of a healthy democracy is the commitment of those in and working with government to uphold that public service is a public trust. Often faced with unique and difficult ethical questions, public servants should be able to rely on clear ethical standards and laws to uphold standards of integrity and ensure that the public can have complete confidence in government.
CLC is hosting a call on government ethics to highlight our work and solutions in the issue area. The call will include expert analysis of the current state of government ethics at the federal, state and local levels; and recommendations on how each level of government can work to strengthen ethics programs across the country.
Ethics programs, particularly those in government, often rely on a set of norms to guide those in and involved with government. These norms also help maintain public trust to reassure the public that those in service put ethical principles above private gain. But what happens when these norms are tested? Or brazenly ignored?
The recent increase in the number of affluent elected officials and appointees, in addition to the continued growth of money in politics has exposed how vulnerable our system really is. The previously understood adherence to ethical norms is no longer par for the course. This new era has presented all levels of with new ethics challenges, highlighting the need to ensure that public officials have clear ethical guidelines and laws in place to help them navigate potential conflicts and hold them accountable when they break public trust.
Noon – 12:05 p.m.
Senior Director, Trial Litigation
12:05 p.m. – 12:15 p.m.
State & Local Government Ethics
Catherine Hinckley Kelley
Director, Policy & State Programs
12:15 p.m. – 12:25 p.m.
Ethics in Congress
12:25 p.m. – 12: 35 p.m.
Ethics in the Executive Branch
Walter Shaub, Jr.
Senior Director, Ethics
12:35 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.
12:55 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Walter M. Shaub, Jr., former director of the United States Office of Government Ethics, joined Campaign Legal Center as Senior Director, Ethics in July 2017.
On January 8, 2013, President Obama appointed Walter M. Shaub, Jr., as Director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE). He was sworn into office January 9, 2013 and announced on July 6, 2017 that he will resign from the position effective July 19, 2017.
Prior to his appointment, Shaub was Deputy General Counsel of OGE, a position he held since 2008. In addition, he served as a supervisory attorney at OGE from 2006 to 2008. From 2004 to 2006, he worked as an attorney with the law firm Shaw, Bransford, Veilleux and Roth, P.C., where he focused on federal employment law. Previously, Shaub served as a staff attorney at several federal agencies, including OGE from 2001 to 2004, the Central Office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) from 2000 to 2001, the Office of General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 1998 to 2000, and the VA’s Baltimore-Washington Regional Counsel’s office from 1997 to 1998.
He earned a B.A. in History from James Madison University and a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law.
Catie Kelley is the Campaign Legal Center’s Director of Policy & State Programs. Recognizing that the federal government continuously fails to act on issues of campaign finance, government ethics and voting rights, CLC is building a program under Catie’s leadership to help state and local partners develop and implement effective policies. Catie works with stakeholders at the state and municipal levels, as well as with CLC’s legal staff, to assess reform options and determine what policy and approach would be the best fit for their communities.
Catie worked as a staff attorney at the FEC from 2010 to 2014. She previously worked at CLC as a policy analyst from 2005 to 2007 before leaving to attend law school. Catie is a graduate of the Washington College of Law and Bates College and is admitted to practice law in District of Columbia and the State of Maryland.
Meredith McGehee serves as Strategic Advisor for CLC where she focuses on the legislative and media policy programs. She is also an expert on government ethics. In addition, Meredith also works at Issue One, a nonpartisan nonprofit which often works in partnership with CLC.
Meredith has been named ten times, including 2016, by The Hill newspaper as one of the top nonprofit/grassroots lobbyists in Washington. She speaks at universities and organizations around the country, has testified before Congress, and is frequently quoted in national newspapers including The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and Broadcasting & Cable. She also appears on national news shows such as ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Bloomberg TV, C-Span, CNBC and MSNBC.
Prior to joining the Campaign Legal Center, Meredith served as President of the Alliance for Better Campaigns and Senior Vice President and Chief Lobbyist for Common Cause. She worked on Capital Hill for six years. Meredith served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, West Africa, is a Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude graduate of Pomona College in California and attended high school in Albuquerque.
Adav Noti is CLC's Senior Director, Trial Litigation & Chief of Staff. He directs CLC’s litigation in the federal district courts, where he coordinates, implements, and manages CLC’s trial court strategy.
Prior to joining CLC, Adav served for more than ten years in several capacities within the Office of General Counsel of the Federal Election Commission. From 2013 to 2017, as Associate General Counsel for Policy, Adav oversaw all legal recommendations regarding the FEC’s regulations and advisory opinions. From 2007 to 2012, as Acting Assistant General Counsel and an attorney in the FEC’s Litigation Division, he litigated dozens of constitutional cases in district courts, courts of appeals, and the United States Supreme Court, including the landmark cases of Citizens United v. FEC and McCutcheon v. FEC.
In 2011-12, Adav served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, prosecuting criminal matters in the District of Columbia courts. From 2004 to 2007, he was a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison.
Adav is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and a Complaint Examiner for the District of Columbia Office of Police Complaints. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, his law degree from New York University, and his master’s degree from Georgetown University. After law school, he clerked for Judge Berle M. Schiller of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.