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.
Lobbying is a relative concept in Washington, D.C. Read story.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
There is no easy or nuanced approach to tell an elderly parent, who may have been driving for 60-plus years, that’s it’s time to stop. Read story.
Sunday, February 2, 2014
Despite a death certificate, a family wants to keep a body on a ventilator. Read story.
Sunday, January 19, 2014
The anticlimax to the Yuletide might be returning to stores to return gifts … but should you? Read story.
Sunday, January 5, 2014
Website lets you shop your politics, but should you? Read story.
Sunday, December 22, 2013
Big-time college athletics and ethics rarely share the same court. If they did, ethics would get a shellacking. Read story.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
What do you do when your brother asks for help with rehab but, before she died, your mother made you promise to give him none of the money she left you? Read story.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
When does a little white lie become a big one? Read story.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
I've decided to abandon my Luddite trappings and develop an app to answer ethics questions. I’ll be the iTunes of ethics. Read story.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Walking down the beach, he worries every day, if a wave broke badly and pulled the boys under, would he have the courage to try to save them? Read story.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
How do any of us know when we've seen an action (other than a life-or-death one) that is bad enough to require action? Read story.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Should someone who commits a crime and then takes personal responsibility for it be given any credit or benefit in the criminal justice system? Read story.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
You’ve got mail, but apparently it’s not yours. What is the ethical thing to do? Read story.
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Some companies view lawsuits, which they settle out of court with a nondisclosure agreement, as just the cost of doing business. Read story.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Street Ethics dictates that you warn potential passengers. Read story.