The Limits of Morality: Why the Cabinets Need Locks

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Burnele Venable Powell has been Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law (UMKC) since July 1995. Prior to this, he was Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he taught legal ethics, administrative law and real property law. Before joining the North Carolina faculty in 1979, he was a Graduate Law Teaching Fellow at Harvard Law School, where he received an LL.M. degree. He also holds a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School (1973) and a B.A. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (1970). Before entering Harvard, Burnele Powell was Associate Regional Counsel at the Department of Housing & Urban Development in Boston. He is a member of the Wisconsin and Massachusetts State Bars and has taught as a visiting professor at the University of Oregon and Washington University in St. Louis.

Currently, Dean Powell chairs the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility Coordinating Council (1998-2002), the Consortium on Legal Services and the Public, and the Missouri Bar’s Diversity Committee. He also serves on the ABA President’s Advisory Council on Diversity and the Bar Admissions Committee of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. He is a member of the American Law Institute and an At-Large Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Burnele Powell is a member of the National Bar Association, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, the Kansas City Lawyers Association and the Kansas Bar Association. His activities also include membership on the board of directors of Consumers Union (publisher of Consumer Reports magazine), where he serves as Board Secretary and Chair of the Audit Committee (1993-1995, 1996-present). He is a member of the board of trustees of the Midwest Research Institute and a member of the board of directors of both the American Lung Association of Western Missouri and DeLasalle Educational Academy. Dean Powell is a member of the board of trustees of the Midwest Bioethics Center, where he also serves on the Research Ethics Workgroup.

Currently, Burnele Powell has two articles pending publication: “The Lesson of Enron for the Future of MDPs,” Washington University Law Review, and “Back to the Future: Is the New York State of Mind Confused?, ” Illinois Law Review. Other recent articles Include “Looking Ahead to the Alpha Jurisdiction: Some Considerations that the First MDP Jurisdiction Will Want to Think About,” 36 Wake Forest Law Review 101 (Spring 2001); a response to Steven Lubet’s review of “Lee: To Kill A Mockingbird,” 97 Michigan Law Review 1339 (1996): “Diagnosis and Prescription: Illusory Lawyer Disciplinary Reform and the Need for a Moratorium,” 1 Journal of the Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics 263 (1996); and "Open Doors, Open Arms, and Substantially Open Records," 28 Valparaiso Law Review 709 (1994).

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