Webinar - Ethics for Legislative Drafters (archived presentation)
The Legal Services Staff Section Program Committee hosted its first e-learning webinar on December 1, 2009. Staff section members were able to participate at no cost.
Some offices used this webinar as part of in-house training program for legislative attorneys and other key staff.
Ethics for Legislative Drafters
Description: Ethical challenges for legislative drafters often come without warning. Thinking about potential problems and brainstorming with your colleagues about possible solutions helps prepare you for the moment when the actual challenges arise. This webinar addresses the typical kinds of problems drafters face in working for legislators and identifies the kinds of resources and thought processes that drafters can use to make ethical decisions. The session includes:
• The importance of personal and professional values
• Typical tension points for drafters
• Insights from the Model Code of Conduct for Legislative Staff
• Case studies that highlight ethical dilemmas for drafters
Presenter: Bruce Feustel, senior fellow, Legislative Management Program, NCSL
The webinar included opportunities for participants to vote on scenarios during the presentation.
This program was designed to qualify for continuing legal education (CLE) credits in those states that have mandatory CLE. NCSL did not pre-apply for CLE. Those who want to view the presentation and submit it for CLE credit in their state may self-apply using a Uniform Application for CLE. However, final acceptance of CLE hours is the prerogative of your state’s CLE authority.
This webinar was funded through a grant for e-learning from the NCSL Legislative Staff Coordinating Committee (LSCC) and by funding from the Legal Services Staff Section.