Nesta M. Gallas Lecture

Monday, March 12 | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Walter Shaub, Jr.

For more than 20 years, Walter Shaub, Jr., former director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) and currently senior director of ethics at the Campaign Legal Center, has provided a standard of public service excellence and promoted the practice of ethics in governance. His achievements have garnered him attention in the national media spotlight in the past year as he has continued to strenuously voice the value of ethical governance.

A supervisory attorney at OGE in the early 2000s, Shaub led a team of attorneys, financial analysts and ethics officials who reviewed financial disclosure reports of presidential nominees. He transformed the nominee program and developed a 75-page guide for drafting ethics agreements that reduced processing times and produced better outcomes in resolving conflicts of interest. Recognized for his leadership, he became OGE's deputy general counsel, where he advanced President Obama's 2008-2009 transition effort by leading a cross-divisional team in effectively resolving potential conflicts of interest for nearly 800 presidential, Senate-confirmed positions and senior White House positions.

President Obama appointed Shaub as director of the OGE in January 2013; he served in that capacity until July 2017. During his tenure as director, he modernized regulations, advised agencies, issued legal and program guidance, expanded ethics education, conserved taxpayer resources and built a strong performance structure. He oversaw an ethics program comprised of 4,500 agency ethics officials who prevented conflicts of interest on the part of 2.7 million civilian federal employees, plus officers in uniform—all on a $16 million budget.

Following a widely reported speech earlier in 2017 in which Shaub called on President Trump for full divestiture of his financial interests, CNN reported, "Lofty speeches about patriotic duty are normally the bailiwick of three lawmakers on Capitol Hill, not wonky government lawyers who work behind the scenes and comb through reams of paperwork ..." One ethics expert called the speech a "great act of courage;" another called it "extraordinary."

In July 2017, Shaub resigned as director of the OGE and began his current position at the Campaign Legal Center, stating that working on the outside of the administration would enable him to reform and strengthen existing federal government ethics programs.

Prior to his experience at OGE, Shaub worked as an attorney with the law firm Shaw, Bransford, Veilleux and Roth, P.C., where he focused on federal employment law, representing federal employees, primarily Senior Executive Service members, managers and law enforcement officials. He also held a number of staff attorney positions at a variety of government agencies including the Central Office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Office of General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the VA's Baltimore-Washington Regional Counsel's office.

Shaub earned his BA from James Madison University and his JD from American University Washington College of Law.

Stone Lecture

Monday, March 12 | 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Tina Nabatchi

Tina Nabatchi is an associate professor of public administration and international affairs and a faculty research associate at the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration at Syracuse University's Maxwell School. Her research focuses on citizen participation, collaborative governance, conflict resolution and challenges in public administration.

Before joining the Maxwell School, Nabatchi was the research coordinator for the Indiana Conflict Resolution Institute at Indiana University—Bloomington, where she was responsible for the design, implementation, analysis and publication of various research projects. In this capacity, she provided consultations about, and evaluations of, alternative dispute resolution in several U.S. federal agencies, including the Department of Justice, the Postal Service, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution.

Nabatchi's research has been published in numerous journals, such as the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, American Review of Public Administration, National Civic Review and Conflict Resolution Quarterly. She has several award winning articles, including: "Addressing the Citizenship and Democratic Deficits: Exploring the Potential of Deliberative Democracy for Public Administration," "Evaluating the Productivity of Collaborative Governance Regimes: A Performance Matrix" and "The New Governance: Practices and Processes for Stakeholder and Citizen Participation in the Work of Government."

In addition to numerous book chapters, monographs and white papers, Nabatchi is the lead editor of Democracy in Motion: Evaluating the Practice and Impact of Deliberative Civic Engagement (Oxford University Press, 2012). She has also recently published two books: Public Participation for 21st Century Democracy with Matt Leighninger (Jossey-Bass, 2015) and Collaborative Governance Regimes with Kirk Emerson (Georgetown University Press, 2015).