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CFTC/IRS/SEC Whistleblower Programs:

How They Work and How Do You Participate

Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Format: Live In-Person, Webinar
Duration: 90 minutes

Ethics Credit Requested


The American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section and Center for Professional Development

12:00 PM-1:30 PM Eastern

11:00 AM-12:30 PM Central

10:00 AM-11:30 AM Mountain

9:00 AM-10:30 AM Pacific

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Event Location:
American Bar Association
1050 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20036

Program Description

In 2010, the Dodd-Frank Act created two whistleblower programs at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).  Similarly, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has had a whistleblower program for several years.  However, it is just recently that whistleblowers have begun to get noticed by the public.

Our expert panelists will provide an overview of the three programs and discuss hypothetical ethical situations often faced by whistleblowers and their attorneys.  The course also includes a review of the payment of monetary awards to eligible whistleblowers (10-30% of amounts collected) and the confidentiality and anti-retaliation protections for whistleblowers that share information with or assist the government with investigations.

Program Faculty

Christopher Ehrman, Director, Whistleblower Office, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Washington, DC

Sean McKessy, Director, Whistleblower Office, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Washington, DC

Stephen Whitlock, Director, Whistleblower Office,  Internal Revenue Service, Washington, DC

Moderator: Jessica Tillipman, Assistant Dean and Professoria I Lecturer, The George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC

CLE Credit

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The ABA will seek 1.5 hours of ethics CLE credit in 60-minute states and 1.8 hours of CLE ethics credit in 50-minute states. Credit hours granted are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.

New York: This non-transitional CLE program is approved for experienced NY attorneys in accordance with the requirements of the New York State CLE Board for 1.5 New York ethics CLE credits. Newly admitted attorneys may not earn New York credit for this non-transitional CLE program. All attorneys may click here to view additional MCLE information for your jurisdiction

Registration Options

- Individual Webinar Option
- Group Webinar Option
- In-Person Option
- CD-ROM (Pre-Orders)

Phone or Mail:
Monday - Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern
Webinar Event Code: cet4cis
In-Person Event Code: cet4ci1
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Live Webinar Tuition

$115 Criminal Justice Section Members
$150 ABA Members
$195 General Public
$99 Government Attorneys
$95 Each additional registrant at the same location. Each registrant must log in to the webinar individually to receive credit.

All participants must register for the program.

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