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Join GEI for Swamp Ethics, a CLE event

May 03, 2018

  • Washington Post

Date: May 30, 2018

Time: 12:00-1:00pm

Location: Vestas Corporate Office  — 1417 NW Everett St, Portland


Swamp Ethics: An Examination of Trump’s Environmental and Energy Cabinet Members through an Oregon Ethical Lens

Several of Trump’s cabinet members have come under scrutiny for scandals that raise serious ethical concerns. For example, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has made headlines for entering into a sweetheart rental arrangement with a fossil fuel lobbyist; exploiting an obscure provision of the Safe Drinking Water Act to authorize staff raises the White House had previously denied; and staying involved in cases as EPA Administrator even though, in his previous role as Oklahoma’s attorney general, he represented an opposing party on the same matters. Additionally, Administrator Pruitt and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke are reportedly under investigation for using government funds to fly first-class and on private jets to attend meetings with donors. And Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has been diligently working to implement an agenda secretly provided to him by an energy company—the disclosure of which resulted in the termination of a Department of Energy photographer. Several independent investigations of these and other actions are underway in D.C., and Pruitt, the lone attorney among the three cabinet members, is facing a bar complaint in his home state of Oklahoma.

Imagine these and other members of the Trump Administration’s environmental and energy agencies were licensed lawyers in Oregon. Would any of their actions raise ethical concerns under Oregon law? If so, which ones? What remedies are available, if any?  If not, what does that say about Oregon’s ethics rules?

Please join the Green Energy Institute at Lewis & Clark Law School on Wednesday, May 30, for a lively discussion of ethical obligation and accountability under the Trump Administration. This CLE seminar will explore the actions of President Trump’s environmental, energy, and natural resources agency appointees and ask ethics experts to weigh in on whether the actions of these agency leaders would violate Oregon’s ethics rules.

We will be applying for 1.0 ethics MCLE credit from the Oregon State Bar. Lunch and beverages will be provided. Space is limited, so please register today.

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