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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. Misuse of Official Commendations

    ... that are being done in the community. But it is also, of course, a form of preferential treatment. For every individual and organization ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2012-01-17 13:53 - 0 comments

  6. Confidential Information

    ... "Confidential information" means information obtained in the course of holding public office or employment, or as a contractor to the city, ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2007-02-16 21:04 - 0 comments

  7. Patronage - Good for Politics, Bad for Administration

    ... do with effectiveness, efficiency, or transparency. And, of course, patronage makes people think government is cronyism, benefitting the ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2008-11-26 08:35 - 0 comments

  8. Ethics Professionals Need to Defend Their Own

    ... including one by a sponsor of the bill. Although, of course, the bill does not mention Sexton by name, it is a bill directed toward ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2007-07-19 09:24 - 0 comments

  9. Confidential Information Provisions, Ethics, and Transparency

    ... information is in the public interest, for example, in the course of blowing the whistle on improper conduct by other officials ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-09-21 15:28 - 0 comments

  10. Municipal Program - 2005 COGEL Conference

    ... We will also discuss the creation of an "Ethics 101" course that will expose municipalities to the broad spectrum of ethics ...

    DonMc - 2005-11-24 09:52 - 0 comments