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Consulting on the Side: A Case Study
A public agency CEO has a side consulting business that may create a conflict of interest.
Joan Cassman
Talking Turkey: A Case Study on Government Ethics
When a mayor participates in soliciting donations for a local foodbank, is he giving merchants the impression that they can't say no?
Judy Nadler
Ethics and Lobbying in Washington and at the State Level
The vice president for government affairs at Applied Materials outlines an agenda for ethical and effective lobbying.
Gary Fazzino
When Official Roles Conflict
A set of case studies on conflicts of interest for local officials
Whom Do I Represent? Local and Regional Public Service
A case study of a councilmember serving on the county transit board
Judy Nadler
Serving the Greater Good: A Conflict Between Local and State Responsibilities
A case study of a councilmember invited to serve on a statewide task force
Judy Nadler
Successfully Serving as a City Council Member and a Non-profit Board Member
Three brief cases illustrating conflicts between non-profit and public service
Robin Lowe, Judy Nadler, Eric Vail
When Doing Good May Be Doing Wrong
Four scenarios on potential conflicts between public service and work with non-profits
Judy Nadler
Serving Two Masters: Discussion of the Cases
Responses to cases illustrating conflicts of interest
Serving Two Masters: Government and Non-Profit Service
LeeAnn Pelham, executive director of the Los Angeles Ethics Commission, looks at potential conflicts of interest.
Setting the Stage for Problems
Should a public official solicit charitable contributions from businesses that are under his supervision?
Roey Rahmil
Favoritism, Cronyism, and Nepotism
An introduction to the ethical issues presented by favoritism in government.
Judy Nadler and Miriam Schulman
Conflicts of Interest in Government
An introduction to the ethical dilemmas posed by conflicts of interest in the public sphere.
Judy Nadler and Miriam Schulman
The Case of the Friendly Consultant
A mayor wonders whether a friendly lunch is actually an occasion for lobbying.
Judy Nadler
Lobbying Ethics
An introduction to the ethical considerations in lobbying the government
Judy Nadler and Miriam Schulman
Home Run or Foul Ball
What are the ethical issues to consider when a city manager is dealing with city contracts?
Judy Nadler
Ethics and Public Contracting
Conflicts of interest in public contracting cost public confidence.
Judy Nadler
A Tale of Two Downtowns
How should a Vietnamese-American councilmember balance the needs of his own ethnic group and the needs of other segments of the community?
Judy Nadler
Alice Hayes and Affordable Housing
A new city councilmember must weigh the community's need for affordable housing with the desire to preserve open space.
Judy Nadler
Business as Usual
A retired city engineer goes back to work for the city as an independent contractor. When he bids for a job, a councilmember raises questions.
Judy Nadler
Old Friends and Conflicts of Interest
How do relationships with "old friends" change when someone is elected to public office?
Judy Nadler