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.
Sadly, former congressmember Aaron Shock's greed, and interior decorating need, has become business as usual. Read story.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Some things we say are just promises made to be broken. Read story.
Monday, March 9, 2015
When is a statement an exaggeration, embellishment, white lie, false memory, conflation, puffing, hyperbole, misremembering, or over-statement? Read story.
Friday, February 13, 2015
Is it ethical to take advantage of "hidden-city" flights when airlines offer them? Read story.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
When not telling the truth becomes the better choice. Read story.
Monday, January 5, 2015
Should the leaks from Sony Pictures be republished? Read story.
Monday, December 22, 2014
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
How honest should you be about an early Alzheimer's diagnosis? Read story.
Sunday, November 23, 2014
“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.” Read story.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Unlike Col. Kilgore in Apocalypse Now, President Obama shows a philosophical reluctance to wage war. Read story.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
How do you handle the errant nephew dilemma? Read story.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Do you go to work and get a dollar or stay home with your germs? Read story.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
The Magic Chopomatic reminds of modern-day Twitter soft sells. Read story.
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Is it ethical to ever lie (such a harsh word — let’s say fib) about your age? Read story.
Saturday, August 2, 2014
A call to Angie's List about its transparency in advertising is answered by Angie herself. Read story.