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Ethical Considerations in the Public Sector

Stay out of the headlines - understand your ethical responsibilities as a public employee. From Washington D.C., to the state house and city hall, accusations of conflicts of interest and ethical misconduct are in the headlines every day. Being a public official or public employee, sometimes it feels like someone has painted an ethics target on your back. Sometimes the ethical lapses are due to ignorance of the many laws. Knowing the ethical laws can help avoid being sucked in the fray. While the technicalities of the law vary from state to state or city to city, there are some basic principles that any public servant can observe to steer clear of the ethics law. This material will give public officials and public employees the warning signs that behavior may approach breaching ethics laws. The topic will look at real life situations from the perspective of someone who was both a prosecutor who investigated public officials and a counsel who tried to help his clients navigate through the landmines to ultimately serve the public. This information is critical for public officials and employees who want to stay out of the headlines for accusations of ethical misconduct or corruption.


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Agenda

Ethics Laws: Landmines, Temptations, or Arrogance

  • The Front Page Test: Alabama Governor Bentley - Why Are Prosecutors Looking at a Governor Who Was Having an Affair With a Staff Member?
  • What Is a Conflict of Interest Under the Law vs. Under Common Sense? What Are the Laws in My State?
  • Is Everyone out to Get Me? Maybe, but in Any Event It's Better to Avoid the Government Investigation

Personal and Not so Personal Financial Gain

  • How Do I Steer Clear From Going to Jail for Bribery?
  • How Is a Financial Conflict of Interest Different From Bribery? Am I Clear so Long as My Bank Account Doesn't Benefit?
  • Can I Leverage My Public Job to Get a Job After My Term Is Done?

Perks of Office

  • I Got Elected, so I Get to Enjoy All the Government's Perks of Power, or Can I?
  • After My Election, Everyone Likes Me and Wants to Give Some Kind of Gift, What Do I Do?
  • I Have Plenty of Leftover Campaign Funds; It's My Money Isn't It?

Nepotism and Other Nonfinancial Conflicts of Interest

  • Am I Disqualified From Making Governmental Decisions Involving My Political Contributors?
  • Can I Help My Relatives?
  • What Is This Thing Called "Due Process of Law?"

Transparency Rules

  • Am I the King of My Board Meetings? Who Cares What the Public Has to Say?
  • Can I Just Put "Confidential" on a Document to Shield It From Public Disclosure?
  • Disclosure of Political Contributions
  • What to Do If Suspect an Ethical Violation by Someone Else?
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Applications have not yet been submitted for Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Wyoming CLE for this course. However, if you are interested in obtaining CLE for any of the listed states or have any additional credit questions please email us at [email protected] or call us at 866-352-9540.

This course was last revised on June 5, 2018.

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  • AK CLE 1.25 including Ethics 1.25
     
  • Alaska attorneys may receive 1.25 hours of continuing legal education, including 1.25 hours of ethics credit for completing this program. Please contact the Alaska Bar Association or go to www.alaskabar.org for details regarding reciprocity with other states.
     
  • AL CLE 1.3 including Ethics 1.3
     
  • This course or a portion thereof has been approved by the Alabama State Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for a maximum of 1.3 hours' credit, including 1.3 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.25 including Ethics 1.25
     
  • The Arizona State Bar does not pre-approve or pre-certify MCLE programs. However, records of this program and attendance will be maintained by Lorman Education Services for auditing purposes. This activity may qualify for up to 1.25 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including 1.25 hours of professional responsibility.
     
  • CA MCLE 1.25 including Ethics 1.25
     
  • Lorman Business Center, Inc. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE sponsor and this course qualifies for 1.25 CLE hours of participatory credit, of which includes 1.25 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • CO CLE 2.0 including Ethics 2
     
  • This program may qualify for 2.0 credit hours including 2.0 hours of ethics credit through the Colorado Supreme Court Board of Continuing Legal and Judicial Education through reciprocity. This course is accredited in other jurisdictions such as New Jersey. To receive CLE credit for this program, a home study affidavit must be submitted to the Supreme Court Board of Continuing Legal and Judicial Education.
     
  • GA CLE 1.3 including Ethics 1.3
     
  • This program has been approved by the Georgia Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency for 1.3 CLE hours, including 1.3 ethics hours.
     
  • HI CLE 1.25 including Ethics 1.25
     
  • This program was approved by the Hawaii State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.25 CLE credit hours including 1.25 ethics credit hours.
     
  • ME CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • This course has been approved by the State of Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar. Lawyers who complete this course shall receive 1.0 hours of CLE credit including 1.00 ethics hours under M. Bar R. 12.
     
  • MT CLE 1.25 including Ethics 1.25
     
  • This program has been approved by the Montana Board of Continuing Legal Education for a total of 1.25 CLE credits, which includes 1.25 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • ND CLE 1.25 including Ethics 1.25
     
  • North Dakota CLE policy does not allow for pre-approval of any self-study courses. This course may qualify for up to 1.25 hours of CLE credit, including 1.25 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • NH MCLE 1.3 including Ethics 1.3
     
  • NH MCLE does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the NH Minimum CLE requirement. Lorman Education Services believes this course meets the requirement of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 and may qualify for CLE credit(s). This Program contains 75 minutes of legal ethics credit.
     
  • NJ CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.5 hours of total CLE credit. Of these, 1.5 qualify as hours of credit for ethics/professional responsibility.
     
  • NM CLE 1.2 including Ethics 1.2
     
  • This program has been approved by the New Mexico Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.2 hours of credit, including 1.2 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • NV CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • This program has been approved by the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 CLE hours, including 1.00 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • NY CLE 1.5 including Ethics and Professionalism 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York Continuing Legal Education Board for up to a maximum of 1.5 credit hours in the area(s) of Ethics and Professionalism for 1.50 hours. Each hour may be counted only as satisfying one category of credit. Duplicate credit for the same hour of instruction is not permitted. This course qualifies for credit for established attorneys only. Lorman Business Center, Inc. has a financial hardship guideline. Please contact customer service at 1.866.352.9539 for instructions on how to apply.
     
  • PA CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • This Distance Learning program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.0 hours including 1.00 hours of ethics, professionalism or substance abuse CLE credit.
     
  • RI CLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the Rhode Island Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for 1.5 hours of CLE credit, including 1.50 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • UT CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • This program has been approved by the Utah State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 CLE hours, including 1.00 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • VT CLE 1.25 including Ethics 1.25
     
  • This program has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board of Vermont for 1.25 hours of self-study CLE credit, including 1.25 hours of ethics.
     
  • WV MCLE 1.5 including Ethics 1.5
     
  • This program has been approved by the West Virginia State Bar MCLE Commission for 1.5 MCLE hours, including 1.5 hours of ethics credit.
     
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  • AK CLE 1.0
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.0
     
  • CA MCLE 1.0
     
  • GA CLE 1.0
     
  • HI CLE 1.0
     
  • IL CLE 1.0
     
  • ME CLE 1.0
     
  • MT CLE 1.0
     
  • NJ CLE 1.2
     
  • NM CLE 1.0
     
  • NV CLE 1.0
     
  • NY CLE 1.0
     
  • UT CLE 1.0
     
  • VT CLE 1.0
     
  • WA CLE 1.0
     
  • WV MCLE 1.2
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in California (for participatory credit), Kansas, New Jersey or New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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  • AK CLE 1.0
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.0
     
  • CA MCLE 1.0
     
  • HI CLE 1.0
     
  • IL CLE 1.0
     
  • ME CLE 1.0
     
  • MT CLE 1.0
     
  • NJ CLE 1.2
     
  • NM CLE 1.0
     
  • NV CLE 1.0
     
  • NY CLE 1.0
     
  • UT CLE 1.0
     
  • VT CLE 1.0
     
  • WA CLE 1.0
     
  • WV MCLE 1.2
     
The CLE Code is ONLY a requirement when applying for CLE Credit in California (for participatory credit), Kansas, New Jersey or New York. Other states do not need to supply the CLE Code to apply for CLE credit.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Faculty

Mark T. Morodomi

Mark T. Morodomi

Former Supervising Attorney, City of Oakland

  • Former Chief of Enforcement and Senior Counsel for State of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission
  • Former Supervising Deputy City Attorney, Oakland City Attorney's Office; served as counsel to the Oakland Public Ethics Commission and Oakland City Auditor and special counsel to the San Francisco Ethics Commission; advised mayors, city council members and administrative staff
  • Responsible for some of the state’s most sensitive corruption and ethics investigations
  • Litigated a landmark case in the California Supreme Court case eliminating a loophole used by lobbyists to avoid criminal prosecution
  • Advised the Bolivian government on the implementation of that county’s newly enacted campaign finance law
  • Successfully prosecuted multinational corporation for campaign money laundering and won the largest civil election law fine at the time in the nation
  • Prosecuted state senator for improper use of campaign funds
  • Prosecuted numerous elected officials or government employees for conflict of interest or campaign finance violations
  • Conducted prosecutions and investigations in cooperation with district attorney, inspector general, and U.S. Attorney offices of corrupt state and local public officials and lobbyists
  • Principal drafter of the revisions to California’s regulations on honoraria and gifts to public officials
  • Has conducted almost 40 seminars and workshops on governmental ethics, conflicts of interest, freedom of information disclosure to state-wide officials, mayors, city council members, municipal administrators, and government staff
  • Served as legal counsel to political action committees, candidates for state legislature, mayor, and city council; drafted ballot measures
  • J.D. degree, New York University, School of Law; B.A. degree in political science, Stanford University
  • Can be contacted at [email protected]
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Published 2018
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