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Luncheon to discuss lobbying, ethics

December 2, 2008

The president and CEO of Common Cause, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that aims to hold elected officials accountable, will be the keynote speaker at a CLE luncheon co-sponsored by the organization and AARP Indiana. The seminar, "Public Trust, Private Interests: Lobbying Reform and Legislative Ethics in Indiana," will be held at Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis for legislators, lobbyists, attorneys, and citizens and will tackle the potential for lobbying reform in Congress and the state legislature.

Bob Edgar of Common Cause will discuss the importance of an open, honest and accountable government. He has been with the organization since 2007 and spent 12 years in the House of Representatives.

The luncheon also will have a panel discussing political scandals, lobbying, and ethics in Indiana. Panelists are Joe Hogsett, current partner at Bingham McHale and former Indiana Secretary of State; David Orentlicher, Samuel R. Rosen Professor of Law at IU School of Law -Indianapolis and co-director of the William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health; and Paul Ogden, attorney at Roberts & Bishop and adjunct political science instructor at the University of Indianapolis.

The luncheon is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the IU School of Law - Indianapolis. CLE credits are available, pending approval. Registration is $75 to attend the seminar and lunch; $50 for just the seminar; and $25 for government or non-profit employees and the general public. Those who wish to attend the lunch must register by noon Thursday; other registrations may be made via e-mail with payment at the door.

To register online, visit http://www.commoncause.org/indiana or the law school's Web site to print off a registration form.

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