Government & Law

Former Fellow, Richard Painter, and Norman Eisen in The Hill OpEd "The Ethics Case Against Betsy DeVos"

February 6, 2017

Read former Fellow Richard W. Painter and Norman L. Eisen -- ethics lawyers for George W. Bush & Barack Obama, respecitvely -- on the ethics and conflicts of interest issues concerning Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s choice for education secretary. Read here.

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Former Fellow, Richard Painter, and Norman Eisen in NYT OpEd "Who Hasn't Trump Banned? People From Places Where He’s Done Business"

January 30, 2017

Read former Fellow Richard W. Painter and Norman L. Eisen -- ethics lawyers for George W. Bush & Barack Obama, respecitvely -- on the the countries excluded from Trump's Executive Order, and the potiential conflicts of interest behind his decision. Read

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Former Fellow, Richard W. Painter, with Laurence H. Tribe, Norman L. Eisen & Joshua Matz in The Atlantic on "Trump's Ethics Train Wreck"

January 18, 2017

Former Fellow, Richard W. Painter, Laurence H. Tribe, Norman L. Eisen, and Joshua Matz in The Atlantic today give a point-by-point rebuttal of Trump's lawyers' plans to address conflicts of interest: "The president-elect’s lawyers have explained why they don’t think he’ll violate the Constitution’s foreign emoluments clause—but their arguments fall apart under closer scrutiny." Read more about Former Fellow, Richard W. Painter, with Laurence H. Tribe, Norman L. Eisen & Joshua Matz in The Atlantic on "Trump's Ethics Train Wreck"

Former Fellow Richard W. Painter and Norman L. Eisen in The Guardian on importance of financial and ethical disclosures for cabinet nominees

January 12, 2017

Read former Fellow Richard W. Painter and Norman L. Eisen -- ethics lawyers for George W. Bush & Barack Obama, respecitvely -- on the importance of financial and ethical disclosures for cabinet nominees, and why Trump's cabinet hearings should be delayed. Read

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Former Fellow, Richard Painter, and Norman Eisen in NYT OpEd "The White House Rule: No Tax Returns, No Job"

October 6, 2016

Former Center Lab Fellow and professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, Richard W. Painter, and Norman Eisen, a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, examine the ethical issues surrounding a presidential nominee's taxes and conclude: "No presidential nominee with Mr. Trump’s tax situation, his years of undisclosed tax returns, and his attitude toward paying taxes could have been approved by the Senate. Indeed, no president would have dared

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Christopher Robertson - Remedies for Institutional Corruption: Disclosures, Blinding, and Criminal Prosecution

The first Lab seminar of the 2015 spring semester was presented by Edmond J. Safra Lab Fellow, Christopher Robertson. Christopher Robertson is an Associate Professor at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona and an affiliated faculty member at the Petrie Flom Center at Harvard Law School. Robertson’s research focuses on how the law can improve decisions by individuals and institutions attending to informational limits, conflicting interests, and cognitive biases. For his Lab presentation, Robertson discussed his project titled, “535 Felons: An Empirical

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Richard Painter - Taxation Only With Representation: The Conservative Conscience and Campaign Finance Reform

The Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics convened for its sixth Lab seminar on October 28th, 2014.  Edmond J. Safra Lab Fellow, Richard Painter, who is the S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Minnesota Law School, gave a presentation based on a book he is currently working on titled, "Taxation Only With Representation: The Conservative Conscience and Campaign Finance Reform" which argues that political conservatives need to be concerned about, and embrace a solution to, the current system of campaign finance. Painter examined the campaign finance problem from

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Thomas Groll and Sebastian Jones - Informational Lobbying and Institutional Behavior

Thomas Groll, Lecturer in International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and journalist Sebastian Jones presented the Lab seminar on December 2, 2014, on the practice of lobbying and an economic model to explain it.

Groll studies lobbying from an economic perspective, and is interested in informational lobbying and resource transfers. Lobbying is a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States, with contracts as high as $10 million, and is characterized by repeated personal interactions between lobbyists and policy makers.

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Carla Miller and William English - Government Ethics: Past, Present and Future

The September 23, 2014, Edmond J. Safra Lab seminar was presented by Network Fellow, Carla Miller, and the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethic’s Research Director, Dr. William English. Comprised of two presentations, English’s segment of the Lab seminar, “Government Ethics: Past, Present, and Future” provided interesting perspectives on government ethics and education, while Miller’s presentation focused on her career as an ethics official in Florida and her efforts to address institutional corruption in local government. As a former Lab Fellow, English's research centers on the ethical

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Dana Gold, Barbara Redman, and Michael Flaherman - How Regulatory Systems Can Hinder or Harness the Power of Whistleblowers to Address Institutional Corruption

The October 21st, 2014, Lab seminar featured three Edmond J. Safra Network Fellows whose work has bridged academic thought with professional practice. The first presenter, Dana Gold, is a Senior Fellow at the Government Accountability Project, the oldest whistleblower advocacy group in the United States. During her fellowship Gold intends to study how the systematic response of institutions to vilify, rather than support whistleblowers, is itself a form of corruption. Presenting second was Barbara Redman, an internationally respected researcher, teacher, and administrator in the

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WP 65. May 29, 2015

Hansoo Choi, Quantifying the Impact of the Revolving Door: Evidence from South Korea’s Judiciary

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