October 25, 2007

Ethics lecture looks at bad choices
made by people in high places

Public figures that make really bad choices and find themselves in the papers or in court will be the topic of the next University ethics lecture series, 10 a.m.-noon, Monday, Oct. 29 in University Union’s Hinde Auditorium. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Stephen Epstein, Ethics and Compliance Leader (Government Contracts), for PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP will present a lecture titled, Taxonomy of Ethical Failure: Some Observations on Why People Make the Wrong Choice.

“Cases of ethical failure seemingly headline the media almost daily --politicians accepting bribes, businessmen giving bribes, and public officials having conflicts of interest,” he says. “Who are these people, and why do they make the wrong choices? In most cases the individuals are intelligent, savvy, and have much to lose.”

Mr. Epstein is an attorney who has spent 14 years as an ethics and compliance advisor and was a judge advocate in the U.S. Navy. Prior to joining PricewaterhouseCoopers, he was the director of the Department of Defense Standards of Conduct Office.

The lecture is presented by the Center for Practical and Professional Ethics through a grant by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation.

The center was founded in 2005 by the Philosophy department as a complement to the department’s teaching and scholarly focus on ethics. The center partnered with the RCF to promote ethical practices and behavior within the University and community by presenting a series of speakers, events and workshops on governmental and political ethics during the year.

For more information on the Center for Practical and Professional Ethics, contact professor Christina Bellon at (916) 278-4162, or visit their website at www.csus.edu/cppe. For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.