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Arthur J. Holland Program on Ethics in Government


One component of the Holland Program on Ethics in Government is a workshop held each November at the League of Municipalities' annual convention in Atlantic City.

This year's session was designed to help local officials learn ways of engaging and building trust with the residents they serve to help reduce the likelihood of violent extremism in their communities. Approximately 250 local officials attended the session led by Timothy C. McDonough, mayor of Hope, NJ and past president of the League. Attendees also heard from Ehsan Zaffar, senior policy advisor, Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, US Department of Homeland Security, and Rosemary Martorana, director of intelligence, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. The panelists discussed how violent groups attract and recruit at the local level and explained the role of public officials in recognizing and addressing extremism. They suggested tools and reviewed core training to help attendees identify and mitigate potentially violent dilemmas that may surface in their municipalities

The program at the League Convention this year featured Joe Riley just as he was stepping down after 40 years as Mayor of Charleston, South Carolina. The talk was special not only because Riley is widely heralded for stimulating and overseeing the city's impressive revitalization while leading a scandal-free administration, but also because he and Arthur Holland had been good friends. Their tenures as Mayors of Charleston and Trenton had overlapped, and the two men and their families had become close. Riley's comments, which were summarized in a major article in the League's magazine, NJ Municipalities, (February 2016), had added power and poignancy when he spoke of his city's response to the mass shooting that had occurred five months earlier.

"Ethics, Reporters, and I Thought That Was Off The Record" was the provocative title of the Arthur J. Holland Program session Eagleton convened at the NJ League of Municipalities annual conference in Atlantic City. Pete McDonough, vice president for external affairs at Rutgers, and Tom Moran of The Star-Ledger reflected on their interactions from when Moran was a State House reporter and McDonough was Governor Christine Todd Whitman's communications director. Their advice, echoed by panelist and municipal attorney William J. Kearns, Jr., was always to tell the truth and to make an explicit agreement about the ground rules at the start of any interview. Camden Mayor Dana Redd presided over the program, moderated by Eagleton's associate director, John Weingart, and attended by approximately 300 local officials.

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Holland Workshops

One component of the Holland Program on Ethics in Government is a workshop held each November at the League of Municipalities' annual convention in Atlantic City.

2015-2016
This year's session was designed to help local officials learn ways of engaging and building trust with the residents they serve to help reduce the likelihood of violent extremism in their communities. Approximately 250 local officials attended the session led by Timothy C. McDonough, mayor of Hope, NJ and past president of the League. Attendees also heard from Ehsan Zaffar, senior policy advisor, Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, US Department of Homeland Security, and Rosemary Martorana, director of intelligence, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. The panelists discussed how violent groups attract and recruit at the local level and explained the role of public officials in recognizing and addressing extremism. They suggested tools and reviewed core training to help attendees identify and mitigate potentially violent dilemmas that may surface in their municipalities

2014
"Ethics, Reporters, and I Thought That Was Off The Record" was the provocative title of the Arthur J. Holland Program session Eagleton convened at the NJ League of Municipalities annual conference in Atlantic City. Pete McDonough, vice president for external affairs at Rutgers, and Tom Moran of The Star-Ledger reflected on their interactions from when Moran was a State House reporter and McDonough was Governor Christine Todd Whitman's communications director. Their advice, echoed by panelist and municipal attorney William J. Kearns, Jr., was always to tell the truth and to make an explicit agreement about the ground rules at the start of any interview. Camden Mayor Dana Redd presided over the program, moderated by Eagleton's associate director, John Weingart, and attended by approximately 300 local officials.

2013
After the League had to cancel their 2012 Convention because of Super Storm Sandy, Eagleton was fortunate to be able to move the Arthur J. Holland session that had been scheduled to take place that year to the November 2013 gathering. The keynote speaker, introduced by Camden Mayor Dana Redd, was Edwin H. Stern, former Presiding Judge for Administration of the Appellate Division and former temporary New Jersey Supreme Court Justice. Judge Stern spoke about ethical standards for local officials, noting that a growing body of court decisions expand the range of ethical obligations and potential conflicts of interest. Responding to Judge Stern's address were William J. Kearns, General Counsel to the League, Mayor Adam Schneider of Long Branch and John Weingart of Eagleton. The overflow audience included approximately 300 local officials.

2011
This year's Arthur J. Holland session on Ethics in Government at the New Jersey League of Municipalities' annual convention in Atlantic City focused on ensuring ethical practices at both the municipal and state level. Attended by more than 300 local officials, it included reflections, lessons and recommendations from Camden Mayor Dana Redd and Peter Tober, Executive Director of the State Ethics Commission with additional comments and responses from Bill Kearns, Jr., general counsel to the League of Municipalities and John Weingart, associate director of the Eagleton Institute. 

2010
A session on "Ethics in Government" was presented by the Holland Program at the New Jersey League of Municipalities' annual convention in Atlantic City, as it has been for many years. Paul Franzese, Seton Hall law professor and past chair of the State Ethics Commission, was the keynote speaker with responses from Bill Kearns, Jr., general counsel to the League of Municipalities, Bill Schluter, former New Jersey state legislator, and John Weingart, associate director of the Eagleton Institute. Sophie Heymann, mayor of Closter, presided over the discussion, which was attended by 300 local officials.

2009
In 2009, about 300 local officials heard a discussion on ethical factors to consider when municipal and county governments seek to extend their reach through collaborations with non-profit organizations. The keynote speaker was David Grant, President of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, with responses from Louise Wilson, Mayor of Montgomery Township, and Jeffrey Vega, Executive Director of New Brunswick Tomorrow and an alumnus of the Eagleton Fellowship Program.