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.
“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.
Saturday, July 19, 2014
From poops to bites, is it the owner or the dog who's responsible? Read story.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Physicians who receive payment from medical companies are under no legal duty to tell their patients. Read story.
Sunday, June 22, 2014
When a tsunami of reporters and broadcast news vans arrive to report on a tragic story, what limits should be set? Read story.
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Wherever you make your stand, historical forces will cause a change in prevailing viewpoints at some time in the future. Read story.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
After Sterling is gone, will there be any long-term public good from airing his racist ranting? Read story.
Sunday, May 11, 2014
Practicing law generates a minefield of ethics complaints, but "who you gonna call" when the chips are down? Read story.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
When is it ever ethical to a make a medical decision for your child that may endanger other children? Read story.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Let's say you've got a neighbor or relative with a child who isn't just strange, but kind of scary. Read story.