Chapman Dialogue held on Thursday, April 10, 2014
at the Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law featured
Laura Underkuffler
, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and J. DuPratt White Professor of Law, Cornell University Law School. The event was moderated by
Donald J. Kochan
, Professor of Law at the Fowler School of Law. The dialogue focused on “Captured by Evil? Markets, Morals and the Rule of Law.”


Professor Donald Kochan and Guest Speaker Dean Laura Underkuffler

Dean Underkuffler began her presentation by asking the simple question, “What is corruption?” According to Dean Underkuffler, corruption is academically defined in terms of transactions. She thinks these definitions are useful but inadequate. She argues that corruption is not simply what the person has done, but who the person is, “captured by evil of one’s soul.”

“Corruption is not something that just happens to a society,” said Dean Underkuffler. Her book
Captured by Evil: The Idea of Corruption in Law
aims to remind its readers of personal accountability of corruption.