2015 Upper Midwest Ethics & Leadership Summit

One-day program for legislators from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Date & Time:

Friday, September 18, 2015
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


University of St. Thomas School of Law
Schulze Grand Atrium

It seems like almost daily, we read about or hear about a politician in trouble. A legislator uses her position for personal gain. A senator introduces a bill that will help his private company get a government contract. Another legislator accepts a “consulting fee” for little or no work. Errors in judgment that might have been hidden or tolerated a few years ago are no longer acceptable nor secret in a world dominated by social media and aggressive journalism.

The State Legislative Leaders Foundation and the Thomas E. Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions want to help state legislators avoid being one of those headlines by providing them with the incentive and the tools to make good decisions. That is the intent of the 2015 Upper Midwest Ethics and Leadership Summit for legislators from Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

This one-day program will equip state legislators with a better understanding of the ethical dilemmas that faced every day and with a series of strategies for avoiding the ethical pitfalls that have trapped so many. Attendees will hear from politicians and staffers who have made mistakes, as well as those who investigate, prosecute and defend them. We will examine together a series of real world examples to help legislators develop a strategy for success - as they say, “Forewarned is forearmed!”


Morning sessions are open to legislators, as well as the public, law students and attorneys seeking CLE credit.

8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. 
Robert K. Vischer, Dean, UST School of Law
Stephen G. Lakis, President, SLLF

8:45 - 9:00 a.m. 
Program Overview

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. 
“It’s a Brave New World: Cell Phones, Bloggers, Google Glasses, and All the Rest of the New Media!”
Cathilea Robinett, Executive Vice President, e.Republic

9:45 – 10 a.m. 

10 - 11 a.m. 
Two Views of How and Why Elected Officials Get Prosecuted
Hank Shea, UST School of Law professor, former federal prosecutor
Doug Kelley, Minneapolis attorney, former federal prosecutor

11 a.m. - Noon
Holding Elected Officials and their Staff Accountable
Rebecca Pallmeyer, U.S. District Court Judge, Illinois
Richard Juliano, Former Deputy Chief of Staff for Former Gov. George Ryan (Illinois)


1 hour of CLE credits have been applied for.

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