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  •  Leadership in Government Ethics

    Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011 1:55 PM

    Ethics is not just about following rules; it's about core values, said Judy Nadler, senior fellow in government ethics, addressing a recent conference in Dallas, sponsored by the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility in collaboration with the Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business.

    Further, she argued, "it's not just about knowing your core values but also about having the courage to actuallys stick to those values and speak hard truths."

    Nadler was one of four participants in a panel on "Ethical Leadership and Values."

  •  Blog, Tweet, and Post: Proceed With Caution

    Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011 4:11 PM

    Social media can pose problems for government officials.  Center Senior Fellow in Government Ethics Judy Nadler outlines some of the pitfalls in an article for the National Conference of State Legislatures.  Nadler offers two brief case studies and then offers these general principles:

    • New media should be used to improve rather than restrict access for the public.
    • While efforts should be made to moderate extreme rhetoric, the public does have a right to know about comments made on blogs.
    • Officeholders should choose their words prudently.
  •  We Cannot Rely Purely on Rules to Govern Ethical Behavior

    Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011 2:37 PM

    Judy Nadler, senior fellow in government ethics at the Center, argued that "the law is the floor, not the ceiling" when it comes to ethical behavior in a talk she gave Nov. 2 at the conference "Ethics, Trust &Transparency.

    The conference was sponsored by the Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility at Southern Methodist University’s Dallas campus.

  •  Ethical Leadership In Government

    Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 12:55 PM

    Center Senior Fellow in Government Ethics Judy Nadler will be a panelist at the conference Nov. 2, "Ethics, Trust & Transparency," at the Maguire Center for Ethics & Public Responsibility at Southern Methodist University.

    The goal of the conference is to provoke debate on the current state of trust in business and government, and how that may affect the 2012 elections.  The conference focuses on what business leaders and economic policy makers have done--and what more they can do--to ensure transparency in financial reporting and to recognize the interests of multiple stakeholders.

  •  Lawrence Lessig to Speak on Institutional Corruption

    Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011 9:00 AM

    "Ethics, Politics, and the American Republic" will be the topic for a talk by Lawrence Lessig, Monday, Oct. 24. 

    Lessig, an expert on technology and law, has recently focused on institutional corruption in his latest book, Republic Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress--and a Plan to Stop It.  He is the director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University.

    His talk, at 6:30 p.m. in Lucas Hall, is free.

  •  Old Guard vs. New Guard

    Friday, Oct. 7, 2011 9:17 AM

    A dynamic new city manager comes into conflict with the previous city manager, now elected to the city council, in this new case in government ethics, written by Center Senior Fellow in Government Ethics Judy Nadler.  One policy they disagree about: the need for a city code of ethics and values.


  •  Land Use Decisions and Community Values

    Thursday, Sep. 15, 2011 3:06 PM

    Some citizens object to the atmosphere at a chain restaurant that wants to locate in a vacant restaurant space in this case study of the fictional city of Weldon. Scantily clad waitresses and a "Las Vegas" vibe have some residents up in arms.  But can the city council refuse a use permit to a legal business in an area that is zoned commercial?  On what basis? 

  •  Budgeting Is About Values

    Tuesday, Sep. 13, 2011 3:51 PM

    While many people think government budgeting is about accounting, the hardest part of the process, according to John Ellwood, is to build consensus on the basis for making budget decisions. That is, he argued, a political process, where necessarily people will have to make compromises about things they value.

    Ellwood is professor of public policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy, UC-Berkeley.  He spoke at the summer quarterly meeting of the Public Sector Roundtable.

  •  Waste and Fraud?

    Thursday, Sep. 8, 2011 1:26 PM

    A recent report from the California State Auditor highllighted problems that some interpretted as widespread fraud and abuse?  Center Senior Fellow in Government Ethics Judy Nadler argues that the auditor's report should be seen more as an example of checks and balances working properly in this op-ed for the San Jose Mercury News.

  •  Government Budget-Making in Tough Times

    Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011 10:19 AM

    Sam Liccardo, city councilmember from San Jose, Calif., talks with Center Senior Fellow in Government Ethics Judy Nadler about the hard decisions public officials must face when budget cuts are inevitable.