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  1. Detroit and the Loyalties of Local Government Attorneys

    ... public interest. Determining the Public Interest Of course, it's not always easy to know when an official is acting in his or her ... the decision, due to his clear conflict of interest. Of course, by this time, the law department was also protecting itself. ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-05-03 07:58 - 0 comments

  2. Summer Reading: The Righteous Mind VI: Fairness and Moral Disgust

    ... requires:  honesty, openness, and respect. And, of course, the responsible spending of our tax dollars, which means competitive ... or even much less than, what they have given. Of course, all the foundations come into play to some extent. Ethical misconduct ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-07-18 19:09 - 0 comments

  3. Conflict of Interest

    ... confidential information acquired by him or her in the course of and by reason of his or her official duties. What does it mean to ... that his relationship would not bias his decision. Of course it will bias his decision. And not only that, it will look to town ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2007-02-16 20:59 - 9 comments

  4. Winter Reading: Zephyr Teachout's "The Forgotten Law of Lobbying"

    ... or the appointments to public offices, or the ordinary course of legislation, are void as against public policy, without reference to ... residents can afford to hiring a lobbyist. They could, of course, join together and hire a former council member to lobby for them. But ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2014-02-13 13:50 - 0 comments

  5. Michigan County Clerks Do the Right Thing and Open Themselves to Suit

    ... what is best for the college students? This is not, of course, a typical conflict of interest issue, but there is a personal interest ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2008-10-24 07:04 - 0 comments

  6. The Best Continuing Ethics Education No Money Can Buy -- With Deterrence Thrown In

    ... (especially the independence of the ethics commission). Of course, it creates other problems, as well (and local government officials hate ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2007-06-19 09:10 - 0 comments

  7. Life Without an Ethics Code

    ... had broken no laws. That's life without an ethics code. Of course, many such small towns have ethics codes that give their executive ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2007-03-29 08:31 - 0 comments

  8. How to Unsettle a Settlement Agreement

    ... director, Shane Creamer, took the issue to the press and, of course, the senator's attorney denied that they had said anything inconsistent ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2011-02-24 19:12 - 0 comments

  9. Current Ethics Reform I - Orange County and Oakland, CA

    ... program for the county. It's an excellent report (but of course I would say that, since it quotes from my book Local Government Ethics ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-06-27 12:57 - 0 comments

  10. Rhode Island Legislative Immunity Brief

    ... two apparently conflicting provisions wherever possible. Of course, the judge didn't do this, but actually eviscerated one of the most ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2008-12-15 11:45 - 0 comments