The Ethics Review Board seeks to uphold and enforce high ethical standards and promote the public’s confidence in the government of the City of New Orleans.

Functions and Authority
The Ethics Review Board is authorized by the Code of Ordinances for City of New Orleans to administer and enforce the provisions of the Code of Ethics of the City. The Code of Ethics was established to remind each public official and employee that individually and collectively, public officials and employees must adhere to high ethical standards not simply to avoid sanctions or criticism. It applies to all officials of the government of the city, whether elected or appointed; all employees, whether classified or unclassified; and all members and/or employees of all boards, agencies, commissions, advisory committees, public trusts, and public benefit corporations of the city. Any person may file a complaint concerning violations of the Code of Ethics with the Ethics Review Board.

The Ethics Review Board is empowered to represent the public interest in the administration of any law within its jurisdiction; offer and enter into consent opinions regarding violations of the provisions of any law within its jurisdictions; refer to fact-finding complaints, advisory opinions, media reports, oral reports, referrals, or any other source; prescribe rules of order, evidence, and procedure to govern its meetings, hearings, and investigations; take such steps as may be necessary to maintain proper order and decorum during the course of its hearings and other proceedings, consistent with the resolution of matters coming before it for consideration; and include on the agenda for Board consideration any matter that is of interest to any Board member and that is within the Board’s jurisdiction.

History of Ethics Review Board
In 1996, citizens of New Orleans voted to amend the Home Rule Charter to mandate the Council to establish by ordinance an Ethics Review Board. Under that ordinance the Board is empowered to issue advisory opinions, promulgate rules regarding interpretation and enforcement of the Code of Ethics, retain counsel and impose fines. Other relevant Charter provisions can be found in Article IX, Chapter 1 (“Boards and Commissions in General”), as well as other provisions of the Home Rule Charter as it may relate to the context of the work of the Ethics Review Board.

The selection of board members occurred in December 2006 at which time the members met to begin their initial task of educating themselves on their new role. Under Article XIII, Sec. 2-1120 (3) of the Code of Ordinances for the City of New Orleans, the newly formed Ethics Review Board was required to begin a national search for the city’s first inspector general. The inspector general search began in March 2007 and a final selection was made in June 2007. In the subsequent months, the inspector general and the Ethics Review Board worked to secure an adequate joint budget appropriation for the Office of Inspector General and the Ethics Review Board in the amount of $3.4 million. Additionally, in 2007 the Board drafted Rules for the Ethics Review Board governing the transactions of its business.

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Calendar Year 2015
ERB Regular Meeting Dates:

January 13 
Algiers Regional Library
3014 Holiday Drive
New Orleans, LA 70131
March 10 
Norman Mayer Library
3001 Gentilly Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70122
May 12 
East New Orleans Regional Library
5641 Read Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70127
July 14 
Algiers Regional Library
3014 Holiday Drive
New Orleans, LA 70131
September 21 
New Orleans City Council Chambers
1300 Perdido Street, First Floor
New Orleans, LA 70112
November 10 
East New Orleans Regional Library
5641 Read Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70127

Meeting Time:
Unless otherwise noted in
meeting agenda and/or above.

For meeting location, please see above or check the meeting agenda for each meeting date by clicking on View Full Meeting Info below.

Meetings are open to the public.
Meeting sites are generally accessible to persons with disabilities. Should you require any
accommodation to participate fully, please contact the Ethics Review Board at 504-681-3208 (voice),
or 711 LA Relay Service or at forty-eight (48) hours in advance. Upon
request, a sign language interpreter will be available to persons with hearing impairment.

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Advisory Opinions

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Ethics Review Board
City of New Orleans
525 St. Charles Avenue
Suite 300
New Orleans, LA 70130

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Board Members
The board consists of seven volunteer members who serve staggered terms of seven years each. Six members are appointed by the mayor from lists of three nominees each submitted by the presidents or chancellors of Dillard University, Loyola University, Southern University in New Orleans (SUNO), Tulane University, University of New Orleans (UNO), and Xavier University. The seventh member is appointed by the mayor. Each appointment is subject to the approval by a majority of the members of the city council.

Michael A. Cowan, Ph.D., Chair
Professor and Special Assistant to the President
Loyola University New Orleans

Dr. Michael A. Cowan is a psychologist and theologian. On the faculty of Loyola University since 1990, he also serves as special assistant to the university president. He was co-founder of the Jeremiah Group, an interracial and interfaith community organization, and Shades of Praise, the New Orleans interracial gospel choir. After Hurricane Katrina, he served as chief of staff of the Government Efficiency and Effectiveness Committee of the bring New Orleans Back Commission, and subsequently founded Common Good, a network of civil society organizations to build multiracial consensus on the rebuilding of New Orleans. He served on the Human Relations Commission of the City of New Orleans from 2001-2008, and chaired the commission from 2002-2008. He is a visiting fellow of Harris Manchester College in Oxford University. He is a nominee of Loyola University; his term will expire June 30, 2015.

Allen C. Miller, J.D., Vice Chair
Partner,  New Orleans Office
Phelps Dunbar LLP

Allen Miller practices in the area of commercial litigation. He concentrates his practice in the areas of general business torts; products liability; casualty litigation, banking and lender liability; class-action litigation; bankruptcy litigation; construction litigation and contracts; civil RICO; trade secrets litigation; professional malpractice; and a wide variety of other corporate litigation matters. He has extensive experience in complex commercial matters. Mr. Miller has handled a substantial number of cases from inception through resolution at trial, appeal and alternative dispute resolution where appropriate. His experience includes, without limitation, first chair litigation counsel in numerous bench and jury trials in state and federal court. He is solely responsible for the litigation strategy and handling of cases for several institutional firm clients, and regularly supervises commercial litigation associates and paralegals. His memberships and affiliations include: Louisiana State Bar Association, Minority Involvement Section,New Orleans Bar Association, American Bar Association, National Bar Association, Federal Bar Association (Board of Directors, Eastern District of Louisiana), International Association of Defense Counsel, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel Trial Advocacy (Faculty Member, 2006 - Present), and National Institute of Trial Advocacy (Faculty Member, 2004 - Present). He is a “40 Under 40” Award Recipient (National Bar Association) as well as "40 Under 40” Award Recipient by Gambit Weekly. Additional board service includes Odyssey House of Louisiana, Inc., as Vice-President and Executive Committee Board Member, and member of the board of directors for WRBH Radio for the Blind and Print Handicapped. Mr. Miller is a graduate of Southern University Law Center and Xavier University. Mr. Miller's term will expire June 30, 2018. He is a nominee of Xavier University.

Joe M. Ricks, Jr., Ph.D., Secretary
Chair, Division of Business
J.P. Morgan Chase Professor of Sales & Marketing

Xavier University of Louisiana

Dr. Joe M. Ricks, Jr., is the Chair of the Division of Business and the J.P. Morgan Chase Professor of Sales & Marketing at Xavier University of Louisiana. Dr. Ricks earned a Ph.D. in marketing with a minor in cognitive psychology from Louisiana State University, a Master's of Business Administration from the University of New Orleans and a Bachelor's degree in Marketing from Southeastern Louisiana University. Professionally, Dr. Ricks has published in Business and Society Review, the Journal of Selling and Major Account Management, the European Journal of Marketing, the journal Performance Improvement, the journal Industrial Market Management, the Journal of Consumer Marketing, the Journal of Business Ethics, the Journal of Business Research, and the Journal of Vocational Behavior. He has also been an editorial contributor to Data News Weekly, providing commentary on current issues relevant to the African American community. Dr. Ricks has been a visiting professor at Young & Rubicam Advertising Agency in New York in addition to the Corporate Customer Contact Center, Occupational Health and Environmental Safety Division, and the Sales Center of Excellence at 3M Company in St. Paul Minnesota. He has also served as a marketing intern coordinator for McIllhenny Company (Tabasco). Currently, he serves on the board of the Louisiana Quality Foundation that awards the Louisiana Performance Excellence Award based on the Malcolm Baldridge quality criteria. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Ricks' experiences included retail management, state government, the United States Army, and the Louisiana National Guard. Dr. Ricks is married to Mrs. Dianne Way-Ricks and has one daughter Jaelynn Ricks. Dr. Ricks is Mayor Mitch Landrieu's appointee, and his term will expire June 30, 2020.

James A. Brown, J.D.
Shareholder, New Orleans
Liskow & Lewis

James A. Brown is a shareholder with the New Orleans law firm of Liskow & Lewis, P.L.C., and heads the firm’s Commercial Litigation Section as well as its Professional Liability Practice Group.  He also serves as the firm’s Loss Prevention Partner and formerly served on the Board of Directors.  Mr. Brown is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.  He is ranked among America’s leading commercial litigators by Chambers and Partners USA Client Guide.  He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice Defense, and Professional Malpractice Law.  He also is included in New Orleans Magazine’s listing of Top Lawyers.  He is listed in Louisiana “Super Lawyers” and in Benchmark Litigation.  He is the Chair of the American Bar Association Presidential Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability.  Mr. Brown is an adjunct professor of trial advocacy and torts at the Louisiana State University Law Center and is a member of the New Orleans, Louisiana, and American Bar Associations.   He serves as a member of the Advisory Council for the LSU Honors College. Mr. Brown received his B.A. degree, summa cum laude and valedictorian, from Louisiana State University in 1981.  He received his J.D. from the LSU Law Center in 1984. He served as Editor-in-Chief of Volume 44 of the Louisiana Law Review and as law clerk to the Honorable Alvin B. Rubin, Circuit Judge, United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1984-1985. He and his wife of 33 years, Kelly, have three sons, two daughters-in-law, and one grandson. Nominated by the University of New Orleans, Mr. Brown's term will expire June 30, 2019.

Howard L. Rodgers, III, MSW
Executive Director
New Orleans Council on Aging/Area Agency on Aging

Howard L. Rodgers, III, is Executive Director of the New Orleans Council on Aging/Area Agency on Aging. He holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from Southern University at New Orleans and a certificate as a Certified Aging Planner from Louisiana State University. Mr. Rodgers is a past board member of the National Council on Aging and the Southwest Society on Aging. Howard currently serves on the  National Association of Social Workers Geriatric Committee, National Association of Social Workers Legal Defense Fund as a trustee, Family Service of Greater New Orleans as a board member, and Advisory Board of the Sisters of the Holy Family Lafon Nursing Home. He is a 2010 National Council on Aging Geneva Mathiasen Award Recipient and was recognized as a 2011 Role Model by the Young Leadership Council of Greater New Orleans. Rodgers is a former board member of PACE New Orleans and former president of the Louisiana Aging Network Association. Mr. Rodgers is a nominee of Southern University at New Orleans; his term will expire June 30, 2017.

Rev. Dr. Donald Frampton
Senior Pastor
St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church

Reverend Dr. Donald R. Frampton currently serves as senior pastor of St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church (SCAPC), the largest Presbyterian Church (USA) in Louisiana. The church is widely known for its worship, mission, and educational programs. In partnership with hundreds of Presbyterian and other churches across the country, SCAPC has played a leading role in post-Katrina work, housing over 4,000 volunteers, gutting 210 houses, building 29 Habitat for Humanity homes, and donating nearly $1,000,000 to recovery efforts. Previously, Dr. Frampton was pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Rockingham, North Carolina, and Associate Pastor of First (Scots) Presbyterian Church in Charleston, South Carolina. He received his B. A. in History from the University of South Carolina and his D. Min. from Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. Within the Presbytery of South Louisiana, Rev. Frampton is past Moderator of the Council and Moderator of the Presbytery. He has also served as Moderator of the Committee on Ministry. Recently, he rotated off the Board of Trustees of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, where he chaired the Student Life Committee. Additional civic and community service includes his participation in various capacities within the business, political, and religious sectors.  Dr. Frampton and his wife, Colleen Harvin Frampton, have three children: Harrison, Catherine, and McCord. He previously served as a member of the Ethics Review Board from 2011 - 2013 and returns as a nominee of Tulane University. His term will expire June 30, 2016.

Rev. Brandon Boutin
First Pastor & Pastor of Ministries 
Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church 

Reverend Brandon M. Boutin currently serves as the First Assistant Pastor & Pastor of Ministries at Greater St. Stephen Full Gospel Baptist Church in New Orleans, LA, under the leadership of Dr. Debra B. Morton, and Bishop Paul S. Morton, Sr.  Rev. Boutin is a graduate from St. Augustine High School, Xavier University of LA, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  In 1999, he became a licensed minister and in 2006 was ordained as an elder.  Deeply concerned about people, on a daily basis Rev. Boutin may be found in community meetings, on speaking engagements, speaking on college campuses, participating in youth activities, conducting a funeral, wedding, or counseling.  Rev. Boutin is a nominee of Dillard University; his term will expire June 30, 2015.