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Prof. Painter Named Adviser on ALI’s Principles of Government Ethics Project

DECEMBER 22, 2010—Professor Richard Painter, an expert on government ethics, will serve as an adviser on the new Principles of Government Ethics project of the American Law Institute (ALI).

Objectives of the project are to produce a set of principles or best practices regarding the rising law of government ethics and to propose guidelines to form its development. The project focuses on standards for the legislative and executive branches.

The Principles of Government Ethics project was authorized by the ALI Council in October 2009 to undergo basic research and an initial draft of findings. Advisers offer suggestions and revisions on the draft.

ALI advisers are designated by the Institute’s director in consultation with the project’s reporter, subject to approval of the Council or Executive Committee. Advisers for each project are selected for their particular knowledge and experience or a special perspective they can provide. Together, advisers constitute an intellectually and geographically diverse group of scholars, judges, and practitioners.

Painter will attend the project’s first meeting on March 5, 2011, in Washington, D.C. Advisers will review the preliminary draft on lobbying and its rules, history, and regulation, as well as recent debates surrounding the issue.

Topics proposed for future consideration include gifts to public officials, conflicts of interest in public officials’ private activities, the political uses of public office, and administration and enforcement mechanisms.

Painter was associate counsel to the President in the White House Counsel’s office, serving as the chief ethics lawyer, in 2005-07. His book, Getting the Government America Deserves: How Ethics Reform Can Make a Difference, was published by Oxford University Press in 2009.

The American Law Institute is an independent organization of 4,000 of the most highly qualified lawyers, judges, and law professors producing scholarly works that seek to clarify, modernize, and improve the law. Its members discuss, draft, revise, and publish Restatements of the Law, model statutes, and principles of law to influence the courts, legislatures, and legal scholarship and education.


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