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Seminar to explore past and future ethical dilemmas

Julie Tappendorf

The Center for Applied Ethics at Palm Beach State College is cosponsoring the 10th annual ethics seminar “Looking Forward and Looking Back” from 7:30 a.m. to 4:35 p.m. Nov. 4. in the Humanities and Technology Building Lecture Hall, Room 103 on the College’s Boca Raton campus.

The day-long seminar will feature 19 speakers on the following topics: The Stages of Moral Development; A Decade of Public Ethics in the News; Reflections on a Journey through the Federal Justice System; Ethical Challenges in Redevelopment: The Miami-Dade County CRA Grand Jury Report; The Role of Technology in the Future; Repealing Florida’s Corruption Tax; and Public Ethics in Florida: What’s Behind Us and What May Lie Ahead?

The keynote speaker is Julie A. Tappendorf, equity partner at Ancel Glink Diamond Bush DiCianni & Krafthefer in Chicago. She will speak from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on “Shining a Spotlight on Public Ethics through Apps, Social Media and Other New Technologies.” Tappendorf focuses her practice on local government and land use matters, counseling clients on elections, the Freedom of Information Act, open meetings, ethics and social media issues.

“Speakers include representatives of Florida’s key watchdog organizations, attorneys, public administrators and practicing planners,” said Kim Ardila-Morgan, program director of the Center for Applied Ethics. “This year celebrates the 10th anniversary of the conference, and we anticipate approximately 150 attendees from the South Florida business and government sectors.”

Speakers include:
• Tim VanderGiesen, assistant state attorney and deputy chief, Public Corruption Prosecution Unit, Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office.
• Dan Christensen, founder and executive editor of The Florida Bulldog in Ft. Lauderdale.
• Phil Archer, state attorney for Brevard and Seminole counties.

The cost is $80 through Nov. 2 and $90 after that date. To register, click here. Registration includes a continental breakfast, lunch, snacks, beverages, program materials, and a personal copy of the book “Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?” by Michael J. Sandel.

Other sponsors of the event are the Palm Beach County Planning Congress, Florida Atlantic University and city, county and local government law and ELUL sections of The Florida Bar.

The conference began nine years ago as area planners, attorneys, landscape architects, engineers and other professionals involved in development issues were astounded by the frequency and range of ethical issues involving elected officials, employees and professionals who deal with them on a regular basis. They saw an immediate need and opportunity to create a forum to promote awareness of ethical behavior and practices in business and government alike. The conference has grown and expanded its coverage every year.

The Ethics Seminar satisfies the Continuing Legal Education and American Institute of Certified Planners Certification Maintenance requirements. For more information, contact Susan Coughanour, AICP at or call 561-523-0677.

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