Cutting-Edge Weinstein Lecture Series Wrestles with Ethics in Law and Business Topics at UH Law School

June 25, 2013

Real world ethics for lawyers and citizens—including in areas such as entertainment, college athletics, and the food industry—will be the subject of a series of free public lectures and discussions beginning July 16 and running through Aug. 1 at the William S. Richardson School of Law.

The annual Will K. Weinstein Conversation lecture series is part of a summer class offered jointly through the Law School and the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai‘i. This year’s topics involve areas in which law and business intersect and can offer insights into handling ethical dilemmas.

Each summer Weinstein opens the class to the public for an hour-and-a-half public forum on the topic at hand.

The public lectures are scheduled from 6 to 7:30 PM in Classroom 2, off the central courtyard of the Law School. Each lecture offers 1.5 credit hours for attorneys towards what they need each year for professional enrichment.

This year’s July 18 featured lecture—“Ethics in the Food and Entertainment Industry”—will be at the Kapiolani Community College Ohi‘a Building cafeteria.

Law School Dean Avi Soifer said, “It is a great pleasure to look forward once again to enjoying Will Weinstein’s company and his provocative questions, the lively answers given by his distinguished array of guests and, in particular the views and interactions of his students from the Law School and the Shidler College of Business.”

Weinstein has had an illustrious business career, including serving as a Governor of the Midwest Stock Exchange and as a Governor of the American Stock Exchange for five years, until its merger with NASDAQ in 1998. He has spent 40 years in the financial services business, and was a member of the Executive Committee of Oppenheimer and Co. and served as its partner in charge of trading in the 1970s. Today he is a financial and investment advisor and money manager for individuals and corporations active in the equity markets.

Weinstein is also an authority on prostate cancer and wrote a book circulated widely in the cancer community called There is No They—A Journey Through the Labyrinth of Prostate Cancer.

The public lecture schedule is as follows:

  • July 16: “Corporate Governance and Ethical Behavior in Both For-Profit and Not-For-Profit Charitable Organizations.” Features Mary Bitterman, President of the Bernard Osher Foundation and Lead Independent Director of the Bank of Hawai‘i. She will offer an inside perspective on how well the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 is working to regulate ethical behavior in corporate governance.
  • July 18: “Ethics in the Food and Entertainment Industry.” Features Beverly Gannon, celebrated chef and restaurateur; Sheldon Simeon, executive chef and Top Chef finalist; and Aaron Placourakis, president and CEO of Tri-Star Restaurant Group.
  • July 23: “The Ethics of Capitalism.” Features Alex Adamovich, venture capitalist and private equity investor in Australia and China; Jay Shidler, founder and managing partner of The Shidler Group; Peter Ho, CEO of Bank of Hawai‘i; and Mark Dunkerley, CEO of Hawaiian Airlines. Panelists will share personal perspectives on ethical responsibilities in modern business enterprise.
  • July 25: “Legal Ethics – Mindfulness, Ethics, and the Lawyer’s Role.” Features Scott Peppet, professor, University of Colorado Law School. He will discuss the business of lawyering and zealous representation including asking the question, “Is it ethical if it’s legal?” Topics will include regulating ethics and morality, such as organ sales and prostitution, and the ethics of hourly billing and lying in negotiations and to clients.
  • July 30: “Ethics in College Athletics (and how it relates to professional sports.)” Features George Rush, athletic director, San Francisco City College; Norm Chow, head football coach, University of Hawai‘i, and Brett Jones, defensive backfield coach, San Francisco City College. The panelists will share personal perspectives on ethical challenges in recruitment and other realms, the “Money Madness,” dealing with agents, and the fate of injured athletes.
  • August 1: “Medical Ethics.” Features Rick Fried, founding member, Cronin, Fried, Sekiya, Kekina & Fairbanks; Dr. Jerris Hedges, dean of the UH John A. Burns School of Medicine; and Dr. Scott Sims, doctor of veterinary medicine on Kaua‘i. The panel will focus on the ethical dilemma of the Hippocratic Oath—“First Do No Harm,” and the business of medicine.