Press Release: Panel of Experts Explore Conflict Of Interest Issues (4/23/2003)

Panel of Experts Explore Conflict Of Interest Issues

UCTV Broadcasts Program from UC Berkeley's Institute for Governmental Studies

LA JOLLA, CA, April 23, 2003 - Conflicts of interest in public are hardly new, but do we really understand how and why they happen? And what can we do to rectify these increasingly complex problems? UC Berkeley's Institute for Governmental Studies explores these issues in "Navigating Murky Waters: Conflict of Interest and Public Controversies," a two-part program airing on UCTV on May 7 and May 14. Featuring a distinguished array of scholars, officeholders, political practitioners, and reformers, this panel discussion takes a much-needed closer look at these issues that affect every citizen.

Part One of the series presents a panel of legal experts who point out the loopholes in laws that are designed to eliminate these conflicts. Chaired by the Director of the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley, Bruce E. Cain, this panel discussion also includes San Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinan; Miriam Krinsky of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission; Bob Stern of the Los Angeles-based Center for Governmental Studies; and James Sutton, a specialist in political, election, and non-profit law. The program airs Wednesday, May 7 at 5:00PM and 8:00PM.

California Democratic Congressman Robert Matsui chairs Part Two of the program, which brings together political experts to debate the merits of allowing political consultants to become lobbyists. The panel also includes two distinguished political consultants, survey research expert Charles Rund and political scholar Patrick Griffin, and James A. Thurber, Professor of Government and Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University. This discussion airs Wednesday, May 14 at 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM.

For more information on the event and Berkeley's Institute for Governmental Studies, click here. Detailed program schedules, descriptions and on-demand video archives can be found on the UCTV web site.

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