The City of Austin will host its second Open Government Symposium April 9, 2015 featuring legal experts discussing open government issues including legislation, litigation, trends and the role of an ethics and compliance program in supporting government transparency.
The event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Austin City Hall, 301 W. Second St. The event is free and open to the public and attending attorneys can receive Continuing Legal Education credit at no cost.
To register for the symposium visit austintexas.gov/opengov2015. When responding, specify the panel(s) you would like to attend.
Panel 1, Plenary: “Why Acting Legally & Ethically Matters” Speaker: Paul Liebman, Chief Compliance Officer, The University of Texas at Austin
Panel 2A: Open Government - Litigation Developments
Moderator: Gary Cobb, Grand Jury/Intake Division Director, Travis County District Attorney’s Office
Panelist: Craig McDonald, Director, Texans for Public Justice
Panelist: Betty Blackwell, Law Office of Betty Blackwell
Panel 2B: Open Government - Legislative Developments
Moderator: Karen Kennard, Interim Officer, City of Austin Intergovernmental Relations Office
Panelist: Denise Davis, Partner, Davis Kaufman PLLC
Panelist: Tim Sorrells, Attorney and Counselor At Law, Former Texas Ethics Commission General Counsel
Panel 3, Plenary: “Views From A County Attorney’s Office” Speaker: David Escamilla, County Attorney, Travis County Attorney’s Office
Moderator: Kerry O’Connor, Innovation Officer, City of Austin Innovation Office
Panelist: Mary Beth Goodman, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
Panelist: Nathaniel Heller, Managing Director, Results for Development Institute
Moderator: Justin Gordon, Open Records Division Chief, Office of the Texas Attorney General
Panelist: Jason King, Deputy Ethics Advisor, University of Texas System
Panelist: Mike Kanin, Austin Monitor (invited)
Panel 4A: Open Government – Innovations
Panel 4B: Open Government - Beyond the City
Panel 5, Plenary: "Why Municipal Open Government Matters" Speaker: Nathaniel Heller, Managing Director, Results for Development Institute
Closing Remarks by Anne Morgan, Interim City Attorney, City of Austin Law Department.
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