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April 13, 2004

Press Contact: Kirston Fortune, UT Law Communications, (512) 471.7330
Event Contact: Megan Scarborough, LBJ School of Public Affairs, 512-471-8954

Dean Powers To Present “The Ethics of Enron: Lessons for the Future” at UT Ethics Conference, April 15

TOPIC: "The Powers Report" - The Enron investigation, what it found, and what we can learn from Enron's collapse.
WHO: Keynote speaker William Powers, Jr., Dean and Hines H. Baker and Thelma Kelley Baker Chair at The University of Texas School of Law
WHEN: Thursday, April 15, 2004, at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: The LBJ Auditorium, the LBJ School of Public Affairs

AUSTIN, Texas — Wiliam Powers, Jr., dean of The University of Texas School of Law, will deliver the keynote address at The University of Texas Ethics Conference on Thursday, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the LBJ Auditorium. The presentation, “The Ethics of Enron: Lessons for the Future,” will kick off a two- and one-half day conference.

In the winter of 2001-02, Dean Powers chaired the Internal Committee of Investigation for Enron. This committee investigated the transactions between Enron and several partnerships headed by Enron Chief Financial Officer Andrew Fastow. That investigation led to the “Powers Report,” which was highly critical of these transactions. Dean Powers will talk about the investigation, its results, and what we can learn from the collapse of Enron.

The lecture is free to the public, but registration is requested.

The purpose of The University of Texas Ethics Conference is to engage the academic and public communities in an increasing awareness of the need and resources for ethics instruction and ethical living in the complexity of our times. The conference consists of a public lecture on Thursday, April 15, an academic conference on Friday, April 16, and a public C.S. Lewis conference on Saturday, April 17. All sessions will be held in the Lyndon B. Johnson Auditorium and Sid Richardson Hall on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin.

The keynote address is sponsored by The University of Texas at Austin Murchison Chair of Free Enterprise & The Center for Ethical Leadership and is supported by the College of Engineering, the LBJ School of Public Affairs, the School of Law, The Thompson Group and the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce.

For more information, program schedules, registration information and costs for the entire conference, see http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/research/leadership/ethics2004/.
For maps and directions go to http://www.utexas.edu/maps/main/areas/lbj.html.