School of Law's Holloran Center Hosts Two Events This Week on Ethics in Business and Government

The Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions at the University of St. Thomas School of Law is bringing together experts from across the United States to discuss ethical failures by government and business leaders and strategies to avoid behaviors that compromise lives and institutions.

Kirk Hanson

Kirk Hanson

On Thursday, Sept. 17, from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Kirk Hanson, executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University and the John Courtney Murray S.J. University Professor of Social Ethics, will address questions like: “Do we need a rebirth of selfless leadership to solve the critical problems of 21st century global society?” There also will be a panel discussion with Joan Humes, chief deputy general counsel, Medtronic and Neil Hamilton, director of the Holloran Center.

On Friday, Sept. 18, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the St. Thomas School of Law will host the 2015 Upper Midwest Ethics and Leadership Summit. This one-day program will equip state legislators with a better understanding of the ethical dilemmas 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. Speakers will share a series of real world examples to help legislators develop a strategy for success.

Morning sessions are open to legislators, as well as the public, law students and attorneys seeking CLE credit. This includes a session that will be the first time that Rich Juliano, the key cooperating defendant in the prosecutions involving Illinois Gov. George Ryan and his chief of staff, and Rebecca Pallmeyer, the federal judge who presided over those trials, will be reunited since she sentenced Juliano in 2007.

Also speaking at the summit are: Robert K. Vischer, dean, St. Thomas School of Law; Stephen G. Lakis, president, State Legislative Leaders Foundation; Cathilea Robinett, executive vice president, e.Republic; Hank Shea, St. Thomas law professor and former federal prosecutor; and Doug Kelley, Minneapolis attorney and former federal prosecutor.

All events will be held in the Schulze Grand Atrium of the school’s downtown Minneapolis campus. The events are free and open to the public. For more information visit