Ethics for Local Government Attorneys

Category: On Demand

Member Price: $192

Non-Member Price: $240

Product Code: ON035423

Areas of Law: Ethics, Government, Public Sector & Public Interest

CLE Credits
NJ CLE:NJ CLE information: This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 2 hours of total CLE credit, including 2.0 in Ethics (Full Credits Available: NJ Ethics: 2.0).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Ethics Non-Transitional: 2.0
PA CLE:PA Ethics Credit: 1.5
New: No PACLE fee is required for this program. To earn PA CLE credits, a valid PA Bar ID number must be entered into the CLE form provided after attending the program.



Michael D. Witt, Esq.
General Counsel, Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission, Newark


Dennis M. Galvin, Esq.
Davison, Eastman, Munoz and Paone, PA, Freehold

Presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Local Government Law Section

Michael Witt and Dennis Galvin are back to provide a 2023 update about the law and developments in the field of local government attorney ethics.  

Public office and employment by a public entity are roles within the public trust. The public relies upon the integrity of its elected and appointed representatives. Loss of that trust necessarily imperils the representative form of government.  

New Jersey law creates standards for not only the faithful performance of public duties but also the appearance of having a lack of bias or risk of impropriety through the application of disclosure obligations.

The speakers welcome real-life scenarios and questions and will offer guidance on determining when a conflict of interest exists. 

Program Agenda:

  • 11:00 | Introduction
  • 11:05 | Duty of maintaining public trust
  • 11:15 | Basics of the Local Government Ethics Law (LGEL)
  • 11:30 | Important definitions to know regarding LGEL
  • 11:45 | The Municipal Family Doctrine and Ethics Opinion 697
  • 12:00 | Examples and illustrations in theory and represented in case law
  • 12:30 | Current quandaries and questions from the attendees
  • 12:40 | Adjourn


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