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Ethical Considerations in the Public Sector

Stay out of the headlines by understanding 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.

Runtime: 75 minutes
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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, Maine, New Hampshire, 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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  • CA MCLE 1.25 including Ethics 1.25
     
  • Lorman Business Center, LLC. 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • WA CLE 1.25 including Ethics 1.25
     
  • This program has been approved by the Washington State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.25 hours of A/V credit, including 1.25 hours of ethics credit.
     

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

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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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Product ID: 404192
Published 2018
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