2020 Tabor Institute on Legal Ethics Lectures

2020 Tabor Institute on Legal Ethics Lectures
April 2, 2020

Valparaiso University Christopher Center Library Room 205

Presented by Richard Painter, S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law, University of Minnesota Law School

BENCH & BAR LECTURE 2:30 – 3:30 P.M.
Government Ethics, Campaign Finance and Foreign Interference in U.S. Political Affairs in an age of Global Capitalism

This lecture will address the increasing vulnerability of the United States to foreign interference in our political affairs — going beyond the strategies used by Russia in the 2016 election. Professor Painter will discuss ways in which our campaign finance system and personal financial conflicts of interest for U.S. office holders pose an even greater future threat than the computer hacking and social media strategies that have received so much attention in the past few years. Painter will also discuss ways the United States — through government ethics and campaign finance reform— can mitigate these threats to its political independence.

PUBLIC LECTURE 4:00 – 5:00 P.M.
The Original Intent of the Framers and the Problem of Corruption

This lecture will explore the framers’ awareness of the government corruption problem and their experience with particular aspects of corruption at the time the Constitution was adopted. Painter will discuss how Americans’ anger at Parliamentary corruption was a crucial factor in the Revolution against Great Britain and how specific provisions of the Constitution —such as the three separate emoluments clauses — addressed the types of corruption that the Founders feared most. Painter will also discuss how other aspects of corruption — such as office holders’ own financial conflicts of interest— were not addressed in the Constitution and the consequences for our Country.

About Richard Painter

Professor Richard W. Painter received his B.A., summa cum laude, in history from Harvard University and his J.D. from Yale University, where he was an editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation. Following law school, he clerked for Judge John T. Noonan Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and later practiced at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City and Finn Dixon & Herling in Stamford, Conn.

He has served as a tenured member of the law faculty at the University of Oregon School of Law and the University of Illinois College of Law. He has been the S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Minnesota Law School since 2007.

From February 2005 to July 2007, Painter was associate counsel to the president in the White House Counsel’s office, serving as the chief ethics lawyer for the president, White House employees, and senior nominees to Senate-confirmed positions in the executive branch. Painter has also been active in law reform efforts aimed at deterring securities fraud and improving ethics of corporate managers and lawyers. A key provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, requiring the SEC to issue rules of professional responsibility for securities lawyers, was based on earlier proposals Painter made in law review articles and to the ABA and the SEC.

Painter has published three books on ethics and campaign finance reform. He has written op-eds on government ethics for various publications, including the New York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times, and he has been interviewed several times on government ethics and corporate ethics by national news organizations. He has written dozens of articles, book reviews, and essays.

About the Tabor Institute on Legal Ethics

Valparaiso Law alumnus Glenn Tabor, together with his late partner, Quentin Blachly, founded the Valparaiso firm of Blachly, Tabor, Bozik & Hartman in 1961. The Blachly, Tabor, Bozik & Hartman firm remains a model of stability and community among colleagues, and it demonstrates the possibility of maintaining a firm whose members live the same ethical commitments in the law office and in their homes. Glenn Tabor generously supports the work of Valparaiso University Law School, including the Tabor Institute on Legal Ethics, which underwrites this lecture series. These lectures endeavor to foster reflection on virtuous living, to illuminate the nature of our vocation, and to clarify our responsibility as lawyers to both clients and society.

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