Pepperdine University School of Law hosted Michael Hershman on Thursday, Jan. 21 for a lecture on "The Ethical Minefield: Navigating Business and Legal Ethicism in the New Global Economy."
Michael Hershman is the president and CEO of The Fairfax Group in Washington, D.C., which has been "retained by governments, corporations, and international financial institutions to assist on matters relating to the conduct of senior-level officials and/or the entities with which they do business." Hershman is considered one of the foremost experts and practitioners in the world in the realm of corporations and governments on matters of ethics and integrity.
Hershman began his career in intelligence and investigations with the U.S. Military Intelligence in the late 1960s, after which he began investigating government misconduct and financial fraud for the New York State Attorney General's office and the Office of the Mayor of New York City. Hershman then served as a senior staff investigator for the Senate Watergate Committee and as chief investigator for a joint presidential and congressional commission reviewing state and federal laws on wiretapping and electronic surveillance.
Later Hershman joined the Federal Election Commission as chief investigator. He has also served as deputy staff director for the Subcommittee on International Organizations of the U.S. House of Representatives. Directly before founding The Fairfax Group, he served as deputy auditor general for the Foreign Assistance Program of the U.S. Agency for International Development. He was awarded the Superior Honor Medal for his service at AID.
Recently Hershman visited the Democratic Republic of the Congo at the specific request of Secretary of State Hilary Clinton to discuss ethics and transparency in government.