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When: Wednesday, March 28, 2018
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Where: Austin Women's Club
708 San Antonio Street
Austin, Texas  78701
United States
Contact: EWTG

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Shalla Santos Sluyter photoCarried by Profound Fear and Extraordinary Hope: Ethical Decision-making, Leadership, and Consequences


Shalla Santos Sluyter

Deputy Parliamentarian and Special Counsel Texas House of Representatives

Ethics is supposed to be simple: there's a line between right and wrong that is delineated in laws and religious texts, and there are plenty of guidelines around and in between. But open a newspaper or website and you'll find myriad reports of ethical breaches in government and elsewhere, and the violations keep mounting. What if our underlying assumption is all wrong? What if "clear" ethical rules are, in fact, subject to be pulled in a variety of directions, leading to a series of less than desirable outcomes-not just by people who are rogue outliers, but rather by "good" people like us.

Using scientific research papers and examples ripped from the headlines, we'll look at frameworks for examining ethical decision-making and identify a few strategies for moving forward despite obstacles.

Shalla Santos Sluyter has served as Deputy Parliamentarian and Special Counsel for the Texas House of Representatives since 2012. In that role, she advises the 150 House members on parliamentary procedure and other legal matters; provides nonpartisan assistance to the members, House officers, and staff; and drafts written rulings on points of order pursuant to the House Rules.

Before coming to the House, Shalla worked as a staff attorney at the Third Court of Appeals, as an associate in a construction litigation firm, and as a law clerk for Justice Don Willett at the Texas Supreme Court. Shalla attended law school at The University of Texas School of Law, where she received Dean's Achievement Awards for receiving the highest grades in Medical Practice and the Law and Constitutional Law II: Gender and the Constitution. She graduated as a member of the Order of Barristers after excelling at moot court, including winning a national championship. Since graduating, Shalla has coached various moot court teams, resulting in three national championships: one in the Giles Sutherland Rich Intellectual Property competition, and two for the Uvaldo Herrera Hispanic National Bar Association Moot Court Team. In 2010, Shalla was a member of an American Inn of Court and was selected as one of two attorneys nationwide to study the English legal system as a Pegasus Scholar in London. Shalla earned her undergraduate degree at Harvard University and was a founding member of the revived Harvard Club of Austin, which serves over 1100 alumni in the Austin region. She has served as a board member and the club's president.

Shalla currently lives in Austin with her husband Michael, daughter Allison, and two lovable shiftless cats.

Join us at Chateau Bellevue, home of the Austin Woman's Club, in Austin, Texas. Ample free parking is available. Enter the parking lot from Nueces Street between 7th & 8th Streets. Networking will begin at 11:30 a.m., and lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. The presentation will start at noon and conclude at 1:00 p.m.

Please register early in anticipation of a full house. The cost is $20 for EWTG members and $25 for guests. Members must log in to receive member pricing. Online registration will end at 10:00 a.m. Monday, March 26, 2018.

Cancellations must be received forty-eight (48) hours prior to the event to receive a refund or for your registration fee to be waived.

Submitted By Mary Castleberry
EWTG Program Director

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