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Capturing the lively discussions, presentations, and other events that make up the daily activities of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.

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  •  Financial Disclosure

    Friday, Sep. 24, 2010 3:21 PM

    Ethics Center Senior Fellow in Government Ethics Judy Nadler was one of a group of experts contacted by Newsday to comment on financial disclosure requirements for public officials.  "In an abundance of caution and to ensure the public's trust, absolute transparency is the best," Nadler told the paper. 

    Kelly Williams,of NYU's Brennan Center for Justice, added, "The trend is toward moe extensive and more meaningful financial disclosure across every level of government across the county.  Public officials had just better get used to it."

  •  Thinking Ethically About Government Pension Reform

    Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010 2:44 PM

    The Center's Framework for Ethical Decisionmaking provides the outline for an exploration of the ethical issues behind government pension reform.  Protecting rights, treating people fairly, creating the greatest good for the greatest number are all approaches to the complex questions behind controlling the spiraling costs of government retirement plans.

  •  Pension Reform

    Monday, Aug. 9, 2010 4:54 PM

    Mayors, city managers, city attorneys, and HR directors gathered at the Center's Public Sector Roundtable in August to discuss the challenges posed by the rising costs of public pensions.  While the debate in other settings has often been acrimonious, participants in the roundtable focused on the ethical dimension of the problem, acknowledging the justice on both sides of the issue.

    The discussion was led by an expert panel including Jay Goldstone, chief operating officer for the city of San Diego; Daniel Rich, city manager of the city of Campbell, and Alex Gurza, director of employee relations for the city of San Jose.  Judy Nadler, the Center's senior fellow in government ethics, moderated.

  •  Campaign Finance

    Thursday, Jul. 22, 2010 4:15 PM

    Citizens United and other recent Supreme Court cases have created controversy about the proper role for government in regulated contributions to political campaigns.  In conversation with the Ethics Center's Emerging Issues Group, Brandley Joodeph, SCU professor of law, argues that these decisions do not represent any fundamental change in the court's approach.

  •  Deep Pockets

    Tuesday, Jun. 15, 2010 2:41 PM

    City and county attorneys, as well as locally elected officials, convened at the Ethics Center to discuss how to handle litigation against government bodies, focusing on the ethical questions:

    When is it right for a city to settle a court case even if justice has not been served?

    When is it right for a city to pursue a case even if the cost of litigation exceeds the cost of paying damages?

    This "deep pockets" discussion was one in a regular series of issues explored in quarterly meetings of the Center's Public Sector Roundtable

  •  Is the Common Good Still Possible?

    Tuesday, Jun. 1, 2010 1:06 PM

    Reporter and commentator Peter Schrag visited the Center to talk about immigration and politics in California.  Listen to his presentation.