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Law, culture, and Catholicism...up in smoke!

Friday, May 02, 2008


Take a look at the latest and last installment (#5) of Mr. Monaghan's deposition linked below.

Black's defines a "conflict of interest" (the non-rules of professional conduct type) as:

1. A real or seeming incompatibility between one's private interests and one's public or fiduciary duties. . .

In short, if your concern for your own interests (or allegiances you might owe to other enterprises) is incompatible with duties owed to another, you have a conflict.

What do you think about this from pp. 374-375?:

Q. [Partial question from Ms. Gordon, reading from a Rice Letter]:
'The apparent purpose of such relocation would be to jump start Ave Maria University, which would amount to taking the law school hostage'
And that's true, isn't it? That you wanted the law school down there to jump start Ave Maria University: isn't that true?
A. Well, I thought it would add to the credibility of the university.
Q. Sure. And it would --
A. I've always felt that.
Q. Sure. And it would also help sell houses, wouldn't it?
A. It probably would.

Wow. That's about all I can say. Wow. Does it help that he (admittedly) doesn't know what a fiduciary duty is?