City school system creates new ethics panel

Four attorneys and a former staple of government agencies have been named to a newly created Baltimore city school Ethics Panel, officials announced at the most recent board meeting.

The new members presented are: Letina Green, an attorney who currently works for the Social Security Administration and whose background includes labor and employee relations; Paris Lee, who has worked in several city and state government agencies, including the mayor's office and the Maryland Department of Transportation; Nicole Leonard, also an attorney who serves as deputy director of the Johns Hopkins University's School of Medicine's Office of Research Administration; Aaron Murkey, an attorney, who serves as a clerk in the U.S. District Court who also worked for the prominent Venable law firm; and Benjamin A. Neal, an attorney and professor of legal studies at Towson University.

The members were jointly appointed by the school board officials and the school system's legal counsel, and will serve in a volunteer capacity, officials said. The panel will be fielding questions and concerns from the board and district officials about potential conflicts, and other matters that require legal and ethical vetting.

"As part of our duties as a Board, we need to make sure that we make all of our decisions in the most open and honest way possible," said city school board president Neil Duke. 

"We need to ensure that the integrity of the process is always item one on our agenda. We know that there are going to be times, because of complications or complexities of issues, that we're going to have questions. We're not a perfect Board and we don't pretend to be. But, we need that layer of additional support."


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