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Steven I. Berlin

Steven I. Berlin

City of Chicago
Executive Director, Board of Ethics
Chicago, IL, USA


Steven I. Berlin was appointed Executive Director of the Chicago Board of Ethics by then-Mayor Rich Daley and confirmed by the City Council for this position in December 2008.  Before that appointment, he served as the Board’s Acting Executive Director, from October 2006, and began his City career in September 1993 as the Board’s Deputy Director. In his years with the City, he has implemented several changes to the City’s ethics and campaign financing laws, including a major overhaul in 2012, under Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and has advised tens of thousands of City employees, officials, lobbyists and contractors on complying with the letter and spirit of the City’s ethics laws.

Steve appears regularly at conferences and panels as an expert on ethics in government, has authored several articles, was recently elected to the Steering Committee of COGEL (the Council on Government Ethics Laws), and heads COGEL’s Publications Committee.  In June 2012, he served as a State Department Legislative Fellow in the Republic of Georgia, advising officials there on establishing and maintaining government ethics institutions, and also served as an adviser to the Lt. Governor's committee to rewrite the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act. He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association's Government Lawyer Committee, and an adjunct member of the American Law Institute's Principles of Government Ethics project.

He received his J.D. in 1984 from Northwestern University's Pritzker School of Law, and his B.A. in history, cum laude, from Amherst College in 1980.  In 1991, he earned an M.A. in Ethics from the University of Chicago Divinity School. 

He began his legal career with Altheimer & Gray in 1984 and then worked for Rudnick & Wolfe (now DLA Piper), both in Chicago.  He also worked as Research Attorney for the American Judicature Society, and was a Fellow with the Park Ridge Center for Health, Faith and Ethics from 1989-1993.  From 1991-2013, he taught Business Ethics and the Arts as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia College Chicago.

Steve is both a Cubs and White Sox fan, living proof that this is indeed possible.

Steven I. Berlin is associated with the following items:
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters State and Local Lobbying, Gift and Ethics Laws - Corporate Political Activities 2018: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws, Thursday, September 06, 2018
State and Local Campaign Finance Laws - Corporate Political Activities 2018: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws, Thursday, September 06, 2018
Web Segment  Web Segment State and Local Campaign Finance Laws                                                  - Corporate Political Activities 2018: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws, Tuesday, October 09, 2018
State and Local Lobbying, Ethics and Gift Laws                                      - Corporate Political Activities 2018: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws, Tuesday, October 09, 2018
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio State and Local Lobbying, Ethics and Gift Laws                                      - State and Local Lobbying, Ethics and Gift Laws                                     , Tuesday, October 09, 2018
State and Local Campaign Finance Laws                                                  - State and Local Campaign Finance Laws                                                 , Tuesday, October 09, 2018
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg State and Local Lobbying, Ethics and Gift Laws                                      - State and Local Lobbying, Ethics and Gift Laws                                     , Tuesday, October 09, 2018
State and Local Campaign Finance Laws                                                  - State and Local Campaign Finance Laws                                                 , Tuesday, October 09, 2018
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Corporate Political Activities 2018: Complying with Campaign Finance, Lobbying and Ethics Laws, Friday, October 12, 2018, San Francisco, CA
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