Making An Ethics Policy
  • CODE : MORR-0007
  • Duration : 60 Minutes
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Morris A. Nunes is an attorney in his 43rd year of private practice concentrated in representing businesses and associations. Maury’s law degree is from Georgetown University and he completed undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned two degrees, with three majors in four years: a Wharton degree in finance and accounting, plus a B.A. in political science. Maury taught in the law schools at Catholic University and Georgetown as well as in Georgetown’s MBA Program. To date he is the author of six books on business and legal subjects, including Basic Legal Forms for Business, Designing Profits and Balance Sheet Management, as well as dozens of articles in professional and financial publications, and minicomputer programs for investment and tax analysis. He is admitted to the Virginia, Georgia, Maryland, and District of Columbia Bars. He is a regular lecturer for continuing legal education programs recognized in most States.

The increased focus on ethics for businesses and organizations of all types, even including government, is not only a socially commendable development but importantly has legal implications for liability for potential claims against them, their directors, officers, and managers. Having an Ethics Policy is thus not only socially responsible but internally wise.


The law views ethics and agency as the twin pillars on which organizational actions rest and thus lack of a Policy suggests negligence, or worse, callousness for the effects those acting within and in the name of an organization can have. The only thing that may be as bad or worse is an Ethics Policy that is poorly developed/ Sadly, many of the “standard” easily adopted ethics policies available on the web and elsewhere are often deficient, because they do not lend themselves to being properly customized for the adopting organization.

Areas Covered

  • Introduction – Reasons for an Ethics Policy
  • Setting Goals for an Ethics Policy
        - Internal Effects
        - External Effects
  • Legal Considerations
        - Authority
        - Clarity
        - No Discrimination
        - Impact on Operations
        - No Conflicts with Operations
        - Insurance & Liability   
        - Enforcement
  • Elements of an Ethics Policy
        - Who’s Covered By the Policy
        - Conflicts
        - Confidentiality
        - Non-Competition
        - Disclosures
        - Violations
        - Cure or Impossibility of Cure
  • Customization – Who Gives Input
        - Internal
        - External
  • Publication
        - Internal
        - External
  • Concluding Thoughts

Course Level - Fundamental

Who Should Attend   

  • Business Owners
  • Shareholder
  • Stockholder
  • Partner
  • Member
  • Boards of Directors
  • Director
  • Officers of Businesses & Non-Profits
  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Managers of Businesses & Non-Profits
  • Manager
  • Government Officials
  • Lawyers
  • $200.00

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