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Street Ethics

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.

Vaccination Considerations

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

Growing Up Is Hard to Do

Let's say you've got a neighbor or relative with a child who isn't just strange, but kind of scary. Read story.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Family Affairs in Congress

Lobbying is a relative concept in Washington, D.C. Read story.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Reporting a Bad Senior Driver

There is no easy or nuanced approach to tell an elderly parent, who may have been driving for 60-plus years, that’s it’s time to stop. Read story.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

When Dead Is Dead

Despite a death certificate, a family wants to keep a body on a ventilator. Read story.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Is Re-Gifting or Trading in a Gift Ethical?

The anticlimax to the Yuletide might be returning to stores to return gifts … but should you? Read story.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Shopping Your Politics

Website lets you shop your politics, but should you? Read story.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

A One-Year College Solution?

Big-time college athletics and ethics rarely share the same court. If they did, ethics would get a shellacking. Read story.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

To Break, or Not to Break, a Promise

What do you do when your brother asks for help with rehab but, before she died, your mother made you promise to give him none of the money she left you? Read story.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Those Little White Lies

When does a little white lie become a big one? Read story.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Saved by the App

I've decided to abandon my Luddite trappings and develop an app to answer ethics questions. I’ll be the iTunes of ethics. Read story.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Breaking Good

Walking down the beach, he worries every day, if a wave broke badly and pulled the boys under, would he have the courage to try to save them? Read story.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

When a Witness Questions Authority

How do any of us know when we've seen an action (other than a life-or-death one) that is bad enough to require action? Read story.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Real-Time Confessions

Should someone who commits a crime and then takes personal responsibility for it be given any credit or benefit in the criminal justice system? Read story.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Should You Read a Mistakenly Sent Email?

You’ve got mail, but apparently it’s not yours. What is the ethical thing to do? Read story.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

The Dirty Knobs

The Dirty Knobs and The Coffis Brothers & The Mountain ... Read More