Ethics in Government: The Conflict-of-Interest Conundrum

Ross E. Cheit, J.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy
at Brown University
UNM School of Law
Originally Presented March 31, 2010
(Expires 3/31/15)

Cost: $35
Length: 1 hour 42 minutes

This online course has been approved by the NMMCLE Board for 1.7 hours of ethics CLE credit.

Although there is no dispute that conflicts of interest are a concern for state and local government officials everywhere, there is little agreement on precisely how to define or treat conflicts. Who best can determine what constitutes an unacceptable conflict of interest for a public official and what should be done when one is found?

Ross Cheit is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and Director of the Taubman Center's Law and Public Policy program at Brown University.  He attended Williams College and earned Ph.D. and J.D. degrees from U.C. Berkeley.  He has been on the Rhode Island Ethics Commission for five years. Professor Cheit’s current research focuses on the intersection between law, public policy, and psychology in understanding social responses to child sexual abuse in the contemporary United States.  He also has research interests in the civil justice system and the relationship between insurance and society, and in "good government" and ethics in government, particularly at the state and local level in Rhode Island.  His first book, Setting Safety Standards: Regulation in the Public and Private Sectors, was published by the University of California Press.  He is currently writing a book on the law and politics of child sexual abuse.

Damián Lara, is a staff attorney for the Legislative Council Service of the New Mexico Legislature.  He graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in political science and philosophy.  He earned his J.D. at the UNM School of Law.


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