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Third annual Ethics Week lecture will focus on government ethics

| By Nick Alexopulos

As a part of Loyola University Maryland’s Ethics Week—a series of speakers and presentations around the topic of ethical business and social issues now in its third year—Loyola has invited Paula A. Franzese, J.D., the Peter W. Rodino Professor of Law at Seton Hall University and one of the country's leading experts in property law as well as government ethics, to be the main speaker. A lecture will be given at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15 with a reception to follow

Franzese will speak on "Character, Ethics and Civility: Leading with Conscience.” Franzese has spearheaded ethics reform initiatives on behalf of three governors, and served as Special Ethics Counsel to New Jersey Gov. Richard Codey, chair of the State Ethics Commission for New Jersey; vice-chair of the Election Law Enforcement Commission; and as ethics advisor to state and local governments across the country, including Newark Mayor Cory Booker's administration. Most recently, in December she received the National Council on Governmental Ethics Laws Award, the highest form of recognition conferred by the organization, in honor of her "significant, demonstrable, and positive contributions to the fields of campaign finance, elections, ethics, freedom of information, and lobbying over a significant period of time."

Ethics Week is a collaborative effort across the University to inspire intellectual curiosity, support thoughtful discussion, and raise awareness about topical ethical issues. Other events include screenings of Thank You for Smoking and Up in the Air as well as a discussion of Up in the Air by Professor Thomas S. Hibbs, dean of the Honors College at Baylor University. Hibbs is an ethics scholar and film critic and teaches in the fields of medieval philosophy, contemporary virtue ethics, and intersections between philosophy and popular culture.

The week is sponsored by the department of law and social responsibility in the Sellinger School; the department of philosophy in Loyola College; the national business honor society Beta Gamma Sigma; the national Jesuit honor society Alpha Sigma Nu; and the office of mission integration.

All events are free and open to the public. Each night, events will be held in the Andrew White Student Center’s Fourth Floor Program Room on Loyola’s North Charles Street campus. Registration is required to attend the Paula Franzese lecture on Feb. 15.

Register online or contact the office of alumni relations at 410-617-5432 or alumni@loyola.edu

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