Ross Cheit, a political science professor at Brown University, discussed his research and thoughts on conflicts of interest in government at a public lecture on March 31 at the UNM School of Law. The lecture, free to the public, also has been approved for 1.7 hours of CLE credit. The program began with a reception at 5:45 p.m., followed by the lecture at 6:45 p.m.
The title of Cheit’s presentation is, “Ethics in Government: The Conflict-of-Interest Conundrum”. 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?
He was introduced by Damian Lara (`07), who presented an overview of ethics laws and recent developments in New Mexico. Lara is a staff attorney at the Legislative Council Service. Lara also moderated a discussion following Cheit’s lecture.
Cheit is director of the Taubman Center's Law and Public Policy Program at Brown and he has been on the Rhode Island Ethics Commission for five years.
The program was sponsored by the Institute of Public Law and the Brown Club of New Mexico.
This course has been approved by the New Mexico Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.7 hours of ethics credit. Cost is $35/person only if taken for CLE credit; otherwise the lecture is free. Parking is available in the law school “L” lot.