The Ethics of Ex Parte Contact: From Watergate to the Internet Era -- When Can We Talk?
ALI CLE Ethics Program
Sunday, May 20  |  4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Planning Chair
M. Margaret McKeown, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Pam Bresnahan, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
Wallace B. Jefferson, Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP and former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas
Paul Fishman, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP and former United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey
Geoff Shepard, Author, The Real Watergate Scandal: Collusion, Conspiracy and the Plot that Brought Nixon Down  

Using examples from documents uncovered from the Watergate era as a springboard, this session will start with ethics lessons learned from these prosecutions. An experienced panel of judges, a former prosecutor, an attorney ethics authority, and a historian will then fast-forward to practical ethical issues faced by lawyers and judges today, including social contacts, in-chambers conferences, correspondence with the court, and third-party conduits to social media and internet research.

Total 60-minute hours of instruction: 2.0 ethics; total 50-minute hours, 2.4 ethics.

Tuition for this program is $150 for ALI members and ALI project Advisers, $195 for all others. To register, use the ALI Annual Meeting registration form (online or in print). Registrations will be accepted at the door if space permits.

If your plans to attend this program change, please contact us by 5:00 p.m. (EDT) on Wednesday, May 16, via fax to (215) 243-1636, or email