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Street Ethics

In addition to his work as a lawyer, consultant and expert witness, Benjamin Bycel has been a journalist, law school dean, and professor.

His broad experience as a litigator and consultant in the private sector led to his selection as the founding Executive Director of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission. In that position, he worked with local, state and federal enforcement offices to investigate and prosecute violations of governmental ethics laws. He was instrumental in drafting, securing passage, and enforcing laws related to political contributions, lobbyist regulations, conflicts of interest, and revolving door rules, as well as other political ethics rules. Today, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission, based in part on Mr. Bycel’s pioneering work, is considered the strongest and most effective ethics agency, at any level, in the country.

As Dean of Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law, Mr. Bycel was instrumental in retaining the school's accreditation, raising writing standards, and ensuring graduates were able to secure legal employment.

What Do You Know, and When Do You Say

You’re not a professional mental health worker. You have no duty to report someone acting suicidal or homicidal, or both. But do you have an ethical duty to do so? Read story.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Show Me the Money?

Sadly, former congressmember Aaron Shock's greed, and interior decorating need, has become business as usual. Read story.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Little Promises

Some things we say are just promises made to be broken. Read story.

Monday, March 9, 2015

The Truthiness of Brian Williams's War Tale

When is a statement an exaggeration, embellishment, white lie, false memory, conflation, puffing, hyperbole, misremembering, or over-statement? Read story.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Jumping Ship

Is it ethical to take advantage of "hidden-city" flights when airlines offer them? Read story.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Good Lie

When not telling the truth becomes the better choice. Read story.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Invasion of the Data Snatchers

Should the leaks from Sony Pictures be republished? Read story.

Monday, December 22, 2014

When Accusations of Rape Disturb the "Natural Order of Things"

The media is complicit in suppressing or ignoring information about what appear to be Bill Cosby's sex crimes. Read story.

Monday, December 8, 2014

To Tell or Not?

How honest should you be about an early Alzheimer's diagnosis? Read story.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Tale Tellers

“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” Read story.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

The Ethics of War

Unlike Col. Kilgore in Apocalypse Now, President Obama shows a philosophical reluctance to wage war. Read story.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Omission vs. Commission

How do you handle the errant nephew dilemma? Read story.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sick Days

Do you go to work and get a dollar or stay home with your germs? Read story.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Los Angeles County Fair, Pomona, 1950s

The Magic Chopomatic reminds of modern-day Twitter soft sells. Read story.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Fiesta Lite

Is it ethical to ever lie (such a harsh word — let’s say fib) about your age? Read story.

Saturday, August 2, 2014
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