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Ethics Camp

Markkula Center for Ethics, Santa Clara University Campus, Santa Clara, California


When and Where

Wed-Thurs.  June 25-26, 2008
Wiegand Center, Arts and Sciences

Santa Clara University Campus, Santa Clara, California

8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Who should attend?

Mayors, councilmembers, appointed officials of local government agencies, city managers, ethics commissioners, special district representatives.

Why should you attend?

Ethics Camp builds on your personal understanding of ethics and values and provides tools for leadership in public life. Ethics Camp gives you the tools to improve your city’s efforts. At Ethics Camp, you will work with the staff and scholars of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University to explore the most common ethical dilemmas facing public officials and learn best practices for leadership in everyday decision making.

What will you learn?

Workshops will cover a “Framework for Ethical Decision Making” and topics of particular interest to local officials such as codes of ethics and values, conflicts of interest, campaign ethics, lobbying, and open meetings. Special attention will be given to creating and strengthening a culture of ethics

Who are the faculty?

Camp Director:

  • Judy Nadler, senior fellow in government ethics, MCAE; former mayor, City of Santa Clara, Calif.


  • Kirk O. Hanson, executive director, MCAE; former chair, Santa Clara County Political Ethics Commission
  • Carla Miller, Esq. ethics officer, City of Jacksonville, Florida; President,
  • LeeAnn Pelham, executive director, Los Angeles City Ethics Commission
  • Peggy Kerns, director, Center for Ethics in Government, National Conference of State Legislatures

What have other people said about the Government Ethics Program at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics?

"The two-day camp, at which counselors wore 'moral compasses' slung around their necks, was a novel effort to create 'a culture of ethics and accountability.'"
--The New York Times

"Ethics Camp is unique and of benefit to public servants. The chance to interact with colleagues in a collaborative environment offers tremendous opportunities for sharing resources."
--Ethics Educator, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

"Billed as the first of its kind boot camp for municipal ethics, the two-day gathering at Santa Clara University could become a model, some experts say.  It would serve as a way for local elected officials, academics, and ethics commissioners, to prepare for ethical dilemmas that officials deal with in office."
--The Christian Science Monitor