Lobbying & Ethics
Prior to joining the ABA in 2008, he was a partner in the Washington Office of Ropes & Gray LLP for over 27 years, where his work included counseling, litigation, and lobbying on a wide range of issues. Mr. Susman also spent 12 years in various capacities in the U.S. Senate, including Chief Counsel to the Antitrust Subcommittee, General Counsel to the Judiciary Committee, and Legislative Director for Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
Recent controversies in Washington, DC and beyond have highlighted the importance of ethics to the work of association government relations and advocacy professionals. With thousands of associations working to influence public policy and drive change at the state, local, and national level, it is critical that associations and those who represent them carry out their advocacy work ethically, transparently, and in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations.
During this session we will explore real life case studies of unethical lobbying behavior, review the ' rules of the road' for government relations and advocacy professionals, and lead a discussion of best practices for avoiding ethical conflicts of interest.