International visitors discuss ethical governance with St. Mary’s Law students

Group photo of visitors from the International Visitor Leadership ProgramThe St. Mary’s University School of Law hosted a cadre of international professionals Wednesday for a discussion about accountability in government and implementing ethical practices.

The group visited San Antonio through the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Each hailing from a different country, from the Republic of Cameroon to the Dominican Republic, the group met with Dean Stephen M. Sheppard, J.S.D., ethics expert and Professor of Law Vincent R. Johnson, and a group of student leaders from the St. Mary’s Law Journal and the St. Mary’s Journal on Legal Malpractice & Ethics.

The discussion ran the gamut from learning about the local ethics code, to gaining a better understanding of the laws regulating anonymous whistleblowing, to how to handle a government official who refuses to pay a fine related to an ethics offense.

Sheppard told the group that St. Mary’s Law prepares students as leaders who will “pursue the right outcome.”

“We do take this not only as something important, but something in the heart of the school,” he said.


St. Mary's University, founded in 1852, is the first institution of higher learning in San Antonio and the oldest Catholic university in the Southwest. It offers 75 programs, including doctoral and law programs, and has a diverse student population of about 3,800 of all faiths and backgrounds. Its vision, as a Catholic and Marianist liberal arts institution, is to become one of the finest private universities in the region, a gateway for graduates to professional lives as ethical leaders in Texas, the nation and the world.

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