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  1. The Limitations of the Language of "Influence"

    ... World Series, at Yankee Stadium. But the reports are, of course, ignoring the language of the law. Here it is: NY State Public ... legislative employee should endeavor to pursue a course of conduct which will not raise suspicion among the public that he is ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-05-11 19:23 - 0 comments

  2. An Excellent Description of an Unethical Environment, and a Proposed Pay-to-Play Rule That Is Relevant Locally

    ... the entity's selection of investment advisers. (For a summary of the rule, click here ). Pay-to-play rules tied to campaign ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-03-13 10:29 - 0 comments

  3. Albert Hirschman on Conflicts Between the Private and the Public

    ... and the betrayal of yesterday's friends -- all of this of course for the sake of the goal. ... In the process he may well violate the ... gain in private consumption goals.  This experience can of course be so dismaying and so contrary to original expectations as to produce ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2009-06-18 08:16 - 1 comment

  4. Louisville's Middling Ethics Reforms

    ... the next. Since I can't find the actual bill, here is a summary of the reforms from a council press release released on Friday: ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-03-14 08:57 - 0 comments

  5. Winter Reading: Lawyers As (Ethics) Leaders

    ... lawyers get, or at least got in the mid-70s. My legal ethics course was like any course:  it focused on the limits of ethical requirements ... 'the soft stuff is the hard stuff.'" Rhode discusses Harvard Business School professor Chris Argyris' distinction between ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2013-12-16 14:32 - 0 comments

  6. The Conflicts of Local Government Employees Running for or Holding Elective Office

    ... employee's agency and specific work. Here is a summary of the Hatch Act's provisions, from an earlier blog post of ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2009-09-27 09:34 - 0 comments

  7. A Miscellany

    ... even so much as to take a 21-minute online ethics course required of the members of every county board and commission. In ... justice commission to hold out on taking the required ethics course. Now the sheriff is arguing that his refusal is for ... position is that ethical oversight, not to mention an ethics course, is not governing. Ethical oversight is an important aspect of our ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-06-30 07:47 - 0 comments

  8. A Proposed Ethics Code for Memphis Falls Short

    ... code, although these don't appear to be followed. For a summary of what is in the draft ethics code, read an article that appeared in ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2010-10-04 13:36 - 0 comments

  9. Favoring Friends and Family Catches Up to Baltimore's Mayor

    ... Dixon's ethical problems over the last few years. Here's a summary: In 2003, she hired her sister in the city council's office. The ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2008-06-25 15:50 - 0 comments

  10. The Benefits of Hyperlinking Ethics Codes, and the Dependency of Children

    ... on the Ohio Ethics Commission website. The rule, of course, is that without a definition, a term should be interpreted reasonably. ... Finding the definition is unnecessarily difficult. Of course, you could always call the Commission, but the contact info page says ...

    Robert Wechsler - 2008-06-18 13:07 - 0 comments

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