Richard Painter4.23.18 — Richard W. Painter, who served as the White House’s chief ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush, will deliver Northeastern University School of Law’s commencement address on May 24, 2018. Painter is the S. Walter Richey Professor of Corporate Law at the University of Minnesota Law School and the author of a number of books, including Getting the Government America Deserves: How Ethics Reform Can Make a Difference.

A Republican and an outspoken critic of ethical lapses within the Trump administration, Painter appears frequently on national networks, including MSNBC and CNN, and regularly writes op-eds for The New York Times, The Washington Post and other major papers. In 2017, he joined a high-profile lawsuit against President Trump for violating the Constitution, saying that Trump’s potential for personal gain or loss from the properties and companies he continues to own creates an unconstitutional conflict with his charge to do what is best for the country.

“Preserving the rule of law and promoting ethical government are among the paramount challenges facing our profession and our country,” said Dean Jeremy Paul. “Professor Painter’s sterling academic and professional career, including his service as a reporter for the American Law Institute’s Principles of Government Ethics, demonstrate his capacity for and commitment to combatting corruption. His willingness to challenge a president of his own party has provided the nation with a needed display of courageous leadership. Northeastern is proud to welcome him to address the class of 2018.”

A graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, Painter served as law clerk to Judge John T. Noonan Jr. of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit before beginning his career as a New York-based attorney. He entered academia in 2002, and later joined the George W. Bush administration from February 2005 through July 2007. He has served as a tenured member of the faculties of the University of Oregon School of Law and the University of Illinois College of Law in addition to his current position at the University of Minnesota. He has co-authored two casebooks as well as Better Bankers, Better Banks: Promoting Good Business Through Contractual Commitment. His most recent book (with John Pudner) is Taxation Only with Representation: The Conservative Conscience and Campaign Finance Reform.

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