How Much Ethical Behavior Can We Expect From Government and Business Leaders?

The 2015 Fredrikson Lecture sponsored by the Holloran Center.

Date & Time:

Thursday, September 17, 2015
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday, September 17, 2015 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm



University of St. Thomas School of Law - Schulze Grand Atrium

Kirk O. Hanson, Executive Director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University

Featured Speaker

Kirk O. Hanson, Executive Director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University

Kirk O. Hanson, executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University and John Courtney Murray S.J. University Professor of Social Ethics, will present the 2015 Fredrikson Lecture, speaking about leadership and ethical behavior on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

Hanson’s talk, “How Much Ethical Behavior Can We Expect From Our Government and Business Leaders?” will describe the trends in government and business that have led inexorably to more incidents of unethical behavior, and will also highlight counter trends that give hope that more enlightened and ethical leaders may dominate in the future. He poses the following:

For years, we have confronted almost daily news about government and business leaders who have violated the public trust and are accused of unethical behavior. What pressures - and what temptations - have led to this troubling development? Can we expect things to be any different in the future?

A panel discussion with Mr. Hanson will follow his presentation: 

Joan Humes, Vice President and Chief Deputy General Counsel, Medtronic

Neil Hamilton, Director of the Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions and Professor of Law, University of St. Thomas School of Law  

A light reception will follow the program.

1.5 CLE credit hours will be applied for.

The Holloran Center wishes to express their gratitude to both Fredrikson & Byron P.A. and the Medtronic Foundation for their generous support that funds this program, and to the Center for Ethical Business Cultures for co-sponsoring this program.

The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics has extensive programs in business ethics, bioethics, government ethics, internet ethics and character education, and works closely with groups of business corporations, hospitals, city councils and school districts on professional ethics.

Hanson taught business ethics at the Stanford Graduate School of Business for more than 23 years, served as faculty director of the Stanford Sloan Program, and is now senior lecturer emeritus there. He has written extensively on the ethical and public behavior of corporations, including co-editing a four-volume series in 2006 entitled The Accountable CorporationHanson has consulted with over 100 organizations on managing ethics. He serves on the board of the Skoll Community Fund and is chair of the Center for International Business Ethics in Beijing, China’s first business ethics center. In 2007 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Aspen Institute’s Center for Business Education for contributions to business and society, and in 2013 an honorary doctorate from the University of Portland.  

The Fredrikson Lecture Series

John P. Byron was one of the earliest members of the law firm of Fredrikson & Byron, where he practiced until his retirement in 1996. John attended the College of St. Thomas, and received his law degree from the University of Minnesota in 1953. He served in the U.S. Navy aboard the U.S.S. Princeton during the Korean War. He passed away in December of 2010.

John's principal areas of practice were in the areas of trusts and estates, closely held corporations, health law, and business planning, but his influence and reputation reached all corners of the practice of law in Minnesota. John was one of the principal architects of mandatory Continuing Legal Education for lawyers, which is one of the cornerstones for maintaining high levels of competence and professionalism for all practicing lawyers and judges in the state. John was also a pioneer in the development and implementation of curricula for the professional education of paralegals in Minnesota.

John was instrumental in the growth of Fredrikson & Byron, which had only a handful of attorneys when he arrived in 1955. During his career, John served the firm in many different leadership and management capacities, and the Fredrikson & Byron of today strongly reflects his influence.

The University of St. Thomas Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions annually presents a Fredrikson Lecture in Byron's honor.

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