November 21: Prosecuting Corruption After McDonnell - Perspectives on the Impact of the Supreme Court Decision - This summer, the Supreme Court unanimously overturned the corruption conviction of former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell due to faulty jury instructions, finding that “setting up a meeting, calling another public official, or hosting an event does not, standing alone, qualify as an ‘official act’” to establish quid pro quo corruption under the federal bribery statute. How has this decision redefined the line between politics and corruption? How will it affect ongoing prosecutions, like that of Senator Robert Menendez, and the appeals of recently convicted politicians, like former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver? On November 21, join CAPI for a discussion of the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision on public corruption prosecutions nationwide.
November 2: Careers in Public Integrity - Our second annual career panel will bring prominent anti-corruption practitioners to Columbia Law School to details ways students can use their J.D.s to fight corruption. Non-Pizza lunch will be provided for students!
October 18: Capital Management - Preventing and Avoiding MWBE Construction Fraud - CAPI is co-hosting an event with the Minority Business Development Institute to discuss current challenges in MWBE contracting. This event is by invitation only.
October 11: Fighting Corruption in Sport: The Transparency International Corruption in Sports Initiative - Sport is a multi-billion dollar industry and a recipient of significant public funds. Practiced and enjoyed by billions of people, it is a global symbol of fair play. Corruption, however, poses a major threat to sports competition worldwide. Transparency International’s Corruption in Sport Initiative works to keep sports clean by connecting the sports community to the wider movement against corruption. On October 11, CAPI hosted a discussion about the TI Initiative and how to uphold integrity in sports.
September 13: Fighting Corruption in Sports: The Challenge Posed by Doping - Doping is a significant threat to the integrity of sport worldwide. From homegrown scandals, such as Lance Armstrong's admission to abusing drugs like testosterone, to allegations of systemic cheating in the Russian Olympic program, doping has repeatedly marred the reputations of major sporting events and leagues. On Tuesday, September 13, CAPI hosted a discussion with World Anti-Doping Agency founder Dick Pound and ESPN journalist TJ Quinn about the most recent doping scandals and steps being taken to guard against the practice.
April 12: Criminalizing Politics or Catching Corruption? Two View on Former Virginia Governor McDonnell's Supreme Court Appeal - Former Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell and his wife were recently convicted of federal corruption charges for using the power of the Governor’s office to help a Richmond businessman in exchange for gifts and loans. Now, the Supreme Court is poised to hear McDonnell’s appeal, in a case that could redefine the line between politics and corruption. Were his actions, as McDonnell argues, mere “routine political courtesies” or were they “official acts” traded for personal gain at public expense? The Heritage Foundation’s John Malcolm and Harvard Law School’s Matthew Stephenson debated case’s merits, implications, and likely outcomes at Columbia Law School on April 12th.
April 4: Building Integrity: Preventing and Avoiding MWBE fraud in New York - Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) fraud in government contracting undermines the goals of the program and can cause serious problems—including possibly criminal indictment—for contracting firms. How can city agencies charged with overseeing these contracts ensure that the work being billed as MWBE work is actually being performed by MWBE firms? What efforts are underway in NYC to clamp down on fraud in the MWBE program? Are there enough MWBEs truly qualified to do the jobs, and how can the number of qualified firms be increased? On April 4th, CAPI hosted a panel with industry leaders to discuss strategies in bolstering MWBEs and preventing their abuse.
March 23: The Water Crisis Next Door: Unraveling a Multi-Million Dollar Fraud in Newark - In a still-developing scandal, the leaders of Newark’s now-defunct water agency pilfered at least $2 million in taxpayer funds while crucial waterworks fell into disrepair. Hear how a Columbia professor worked with citizen activists to uncover this fraud, and how a State Comptroller investigation led to criminal convictions in a case that touches on environmental justice, urban poverty, and abuse of power across the river.
February 16: NYPD's New Watchdog: A discussion with Inspector General Philip Eure - On February 16, join CAPI and Social Justice Initiatives for a lunchtime discussion with Philip Eure, the first head of the new Office of the Inspector General of the New York City Police Department.
January 12-14: DOJ AFMLS Financial Investigations Training - A training co-hosted by the DOJ's Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section. This seminar teaches participants to apply investigative techniques and methods to unravel money laundering schemes, to identify assets for forfeiture, and to make charging and forfeiture decisions.
November 4: Corruption News Round-Up: Tri-State Edition - Corruption has been front and center in the news this year. Between self-dealing state legislators, a federal investigation into New York’s marquee development project, and ongoing fallout from New Jersey’s “Bridgegate”, there’s certainly no shortage of scandals. Come hear veteran New York Times journalist William Rashbaum and Columbia’s own Professor Richard Briffault discuss the cases, explain the legal arguments, and detail the state of play in the Tri-State.
October 29: Thoughts on Criminal Justice Reform: A Conversation with U.S. Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillian Yates - Join CAPI for a unique opportunity to ask the nation's second-highest law enforcement official about the state and direction of the American criminal justice system.
October 29: Careers in Public Integrity: Using your JD to Fight Corruption - Interested in public service after law school? Curious about how you can use your degree to fight public corruption? Join CAPI and Social Justice Initiatives for a lunchtime talk to hear from attorneys who have dedicated their careers to upholding public integrity.
September 28: Corruption in Sports - A half-day conference on impropriety in sports. Topics to include match-fixing, doping, and the ongoing FIFA corruption scandal.
September 21: Grand Corruption and Impunity - Chairman of the Board of Transparency International, José Ugaz, visits CAPI. Ugaz will discuss his career fighting corruption, from his successful prosecutions of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori and head of Peru's intelligence services Vladimir Montesinos to his work at Transparency International.
August 6: CAPI hosted Chairman of the Investigations Task Force Sweep of Papua New Guinea, Sam Koim, to discuss the role of the New York City Department of Investigation and CAPI in fighting municipal corruption.
June 8: U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program - A delegation of government officials from the Philippines visited CAPI as part of the U.S. Department of State's "Leadership, Accountability, and Reducing Corruption" project.
April 22-25: Global Cities: Joining Forces Against Corruption - Our signature conference, bringing together anti-corruption leaders from government and civil society from cities worldwide.
April 15: The Ins and Outs (and Ups and Downs) of Campaign Finance Reform and Enforcement: Local and National Perspectives - How has the deluge of “independent spending” in elections since the Citizens United case affected the enforcement of campaign finance laws? Who is charged with this enforcement, and how politicized (or not) are these efforts? Join Commissioner Ellen Weintraub of the Federal Election Commission and Executive Director Amy Loprest of the New York City Campaign Finance Board for a fascinating discussion of their roles and those of their agencies in a post-Citizens United world.
April 9: Attorneys General: Lawyering for Whom? - How does the need of elected prosecutors to raise campaign funds affect their independence? What regulatory changes are needed to ensure that our attorneys general faithfully represent the communities they serve? Come learn about the ethical dilemmas facing attorneys general from Douglas Gansler, the former attorney general of Maryland.
March 30: Countering Corruption from the Bar, the Bench, and Beyond - Join CAPI and Social Justice Initiatives for a lunchtime talk with Senior United States District Judge Mark Wolf. Learn about Judge Wolf's career, including his oversight of the hearing into the innapropriate handling of informants, namely "Whitey" Bulger and Stephen "the Rifleman" Flemmi, by the FBI. Wolf is also the leading advocate for the creation of an International Anti-Corruption Court.
March 30: Roundtable Discussion on the Proposal for an International Anti-Corruption Court - Leaders in the field of public integrity will meet with Senior United States District Court Judge Mark Wolf to discuss his proposal for an International Anti-Corruption Court. (Note: attendance for this event is by invitation only).
March 24: CAPI hosted a delegation of government officials from the Nanjing, China to discuss the role of DOI and CAPI in combatting municipal corruption in New York City.
February 26: Development Aid and the Fight against Transnational Corruption - CAPI and the Columbia Society of International Law will co-host a talk by David Hawkes, head of the Special Litigation Unit at the World Bank Integrity Vice Presidency. Learn about the role of Multilateral Development Banks in fighting corruption worldwide.
February 26: The Global Movement against Transnational Corruption - CAPI and the Columbia Society of International Law are co-hosting a panel presentation that will shed light on the global phenomenon of corruption, its impact on development, and the transnational anti-corruption movement that has been evolving over the past years as a response to the pressing challenges.
February 4: Everything You Need to Know: The Sheldon Silver Case - CAPI Executive Director Jennifer Rodgers, Moreland Commission member Richard Briffault, and CLS professor Daniel Richman discussed the corruption allegations against the long-time New York State Assembly Speaker.
January 13-15: DOJ AFMLS Financial Investigations Training - A training co-hosted by the DOJ's Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section. This seminar taught participants to apply investigative techniques and methods to unravel money laundering schemes, to identify assets for forfeiture, and to make charging and forfeiture decisions.
December 8: CAPI hosted a delegation of government officials from the Hunan Province in China to discuss the role of DOI and CAPI in combatting municipal corruption in New York City.
November 14: Corruption in the 21st Century - CAPI's fall conference featuring practitioners, civil society reformers, and governmental accountability experts on the front lines of the fight against public corruption.
November 13: Fighting Corruption in the Courtroom: Veteran Prosecutor David Harbach's Path to Taking on Top Politicians - A lunchtime talk with David Harbach, former Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division’s Public Integrity Section at the U.S. Department of Justice and current Special Counsel to Director James Comey of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Learn from a top trial attorney how to pursue a legal career in government, conduct a trial in the middle of a media circus, and face down elected officials who abuse their power.
October 16: Cracking Down on Corruption: Lessons from International Experience with Australian National University Professor and Visiting Professor at Columbia University, Adam Graycar.
October 3: Mexico City Delegation Visit
September 17: DOI and CAPI - Hubei Province Delegation Visit
September 11: Maxizimizing Illicit Profits: Understanding How Corrupt Officials Choose How Much to Charge for Bribes: Massachusetts Institute of Technology economics professor Benajmin Olken on the quantitative methods by which leading economists measure the impact of graft and grapple with corrupt officials.
September 4: International Visitor Leadership Program - Transparency and Good Governance
May 30: Busting Graft and Boosting Budgets: How Oversight Authorities Can Expand Their Arsenals through Asset Forfeiture and Other Tools