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Ethics and Law in Public Service

Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013
L-R: Joan Cassman, partner, Hanson Bridgett; JoAnne Speers, executive director, Institute for Local Government
L-R: Joan Cassman, partner, Hanson Bridgett; JoAnne Speers, executive director, Institute for Local Government

Not every legal action a government official may take is also ethical. Law provides a floor of minimum standards, but public officials who are concerned with ethics may want to go beyond what is simply legal when they consider how to act in the public interest.

The interaction of law and ethics was explored at the August 2013 meeting of the Center's Public Sector Roundtable by panelists Joan Cassman, partner with Hanson Bridgett L.L.P. in San Francisco, and JoAnne Speers, executive director of the Institute for Local Government in Sacramento.

Meeting Summary