Richard W. Painter, who regularly quotes Barry Goldwater, received his B.A., summa cum laude, in history from Harvard University and his J.D. from Yale University, where he was an editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation. Currently a Professor of Corporate Law at University of Minnesota Law School, he also served as a tenured member of the law faculty at the University Of Oregon School Of Law and the University Of Illinois College Of Law.
From 2005-2007, Painter was Associate Counsel to George W. Bush in the White House Counsel’s office, serving as the chief ethics lawyer for the President, White House employees and senior nominee to Senate-confirmed position in the Executive Branch. He is a member of the American Law Institute and is an advisor for the new ALI Principles of Government Ethics. He has also been active in the professional Responsibility Section of the American Bar Association.
His book, Getting the Government America Deserves: How Ethics Reform Can Make a Difference was published by Oxford University Press in January 2009. He has authored numerous op-eds on government ethics for various publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, and he has been interviewed numerous times on government ethics and corporate ethics by news organizations from around the world.