Ralph Nader to lecture on legislating corporate ethics

by Dennis Brown

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader will deliver a lecture titled “Legislating Corporate Ethics” at 3 p.m. March 26 (Wednesday) in the Jordan Auditorium of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame.p. Sponsored by the Notre Dame Law School, the talk is free and open to the public.p. Nader earned his bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in 1955 and his law degree from Harvard University in 1958. He began practicing law in 1959 and in the early 1960s taught history and government at the University of Hartford.p. The publication in 1965 of his first book, “Unsafe at Any Speed,” catapulted Nader into the public consciousness. A scathing indictment of the automotive industry, the book chronicled a wide array of unsafe auto designs and led to congressional hearings that produced a series of automobile safety laws in 1966.p. Since then, Nader has played a central role in numerous consumer issues. He and the organizations he has founded have been responsible for eight major federal consumer protection laws, including the Safe Drinking Water Act; the creation of federal regulatory agencies such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Environmental Protection Agency and Consumer Product Safety Administration; and greater access to government through passage of the Freedom of Information Act in 1974.p. Nader’s original research organization, the Washington-based Center for Study of Responsible Law, has spawned numerous other groups, including the Center for Auto Safety, Public Citizen, Clean Water Action Project, Disability Rights Center, Pension Rights Center, and Project for Corporation Responsibility. He also publishes a monthly magazine, The Multinational Monitor.p. Nader was the Green Party’s candidate for president in 2000.p.

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