Updated through January 31, 2016
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P 1942: Born in Brooklyn, NY. Raised in Los Angeles since 1946.
P 1964: B.A. UCLA.
P 1964-1967: UCLA Law School. American Jurisprudence Prize in Evidence. National Prize in Copyright Law (for proposing an alternative system). Chairman of the UCLA (university-wide) Board of Governors (he initiated a special book discount program for students creating a model still used at UCLA and other universities). Chief Justice Moot Court Honors Program and created, co-authored and published “The Handbook of Appellate Advocacy” a book used by moot court programs throughout the nation for over a decade (earned funds supporting the UCLA program).
P 1967: J.D. UCLA Law School. Selected to deliver Valedictory address representing all graduate school departments (address selected to be reprinted in the Congressional Record).
P 1967-1968: Instructor, University of Michigan Law School. (while hired to teach Legal Research and Writing he was promoted mid-year to teach Criminal Law and Appellate Advocacy courses – the youngest person ever to teach content courses at the law school).
P 1968-1971: Associate Professor of Law, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan.
P 1968: Josephson Bar Review Center (BRC). Assembled most effective law professors in each major law subject to prepare uniquely designed study materials and lectures to assist law students succeed in law school and pass the bar exam. Introduced many innovative educational features resulting in unprecedented success including a “programmed learning system” using computer technology to track performance and audio tape lectures for law school courses.
P 1968-1985: Managed Josephson BRC. Expanded published materials nationally and bar preparation courses to 14 states. Business sold in 1985.
G 1969: Report on the Detroit Riots. Commissioned by New Detroit Commission to write report on causes of Detroit riots.
L 1970: Wrote Two-Volume Work, “Learning and Evaluation of Law School” for the American Association of Law Schools.
P 1971: Granted Tenure as Full Professor. One of youngest persons ever to receive a tenured law professorship.
P 1972 – 1987: Professor of Law, Loyola University, Los Angeles. Taught Criminal Law and Procedure, Evidence, Trial Practice and Ethics, Counseling and Negotiation, a new course he created to integrate the teaching of ethical principles into practical functions of counseling and negotiation.
P 1985: Created the Joseph & Edna Josephson Institute of Ethics. Named for his parents, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization; donated $1 million to fund the Institute until it became self-sufficient.
P 1987: Resigned Tenured Law Position. Became full-time President and CEO of the Josephson Institute, serving without compensation.
P 1987-present: President and CEO of the Josephson Institute, serving without compensation.
P 1987: World of Ideas. Selected to participate in Bill Moyer’s prestigious TV series and book.
P 1987: Nightline. Interviewed by Ted Koppel on moral malaise in America.
P 1988: Profile. extensive profile published in the Christian Science Monitor.
G 1990: Government Ethics Center/Five Principles of Public Service Ethics. Assembled committee of prominent public servants including former governors, legislators and members of Congress to formulate core ethical principles establishing the foundation for government ethics codes and training.
C 1990: Report on the Ethics of American Youth. A comprehensive study of the behavior and attitudes of young people that woke the nation to deteriorating ethics and established the platform for the modern character education movement.
G 1991: Internal Revenue Service. Designed and administered comprehensive survey and developed ethics program for all IRS executives and employees.
G 1991: Joint Session of Arizona Legislature. Invited by Governor of Arizona to address joint session to address legislative ethics after AZSCAM scandal.
C 1992: Launched Biennial National Survey to the Ethics of American Youth. This survey has become the gold standard study issued every two years.
C 1992: Aspen Declaration: Six Pillars of Character. Assembled leading experts in character development in Aspen Colorado to develop “The Aspen Declaration” the seminal document of the CHARACTER COUNTS! movement establishing a universally acceptable common language: The Six Pillars of Character.
C 1993: Organized the CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition. Launched the modern character education movement by organizing the CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition, a consortium of educational and youth-serving organizations (including National Associations of Secondary and Elementary School Principals, American Association of School Administrators, National PTA, YMCA, and 4-H) endorsing and committed to the CHARACTER COUNTS! strategy and principles of the Aspen Declaration.
C 1993 – Present: National CHARACTER COUNTS! Week. U. S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution declaring the third week in October, National CHARACTER COUNTS! Week. Every year since the Senate has passed a similar resolution and the sitting president has issued a Proclamation.
C 1994 – Present: Certificated Training for Character Educators. Established training and a growing array of character education resources for schools and youth-serving organizations including the nation’s only certificated training for character educators (CHARACTER COUNTS! has certified nearly 15,000 educators).
S 1996: Pursuing Victory with Honor. Assembled leading amateur sports organizations, coaches, university presidents, sports journalists, and game officials in Scottsdale, Arizona (hosted by the Governor) to develop “The Arizona Sports Summit Accord,” the seminal document for Pursuing Victory with Honor character-building and sportsmanship programs.
P 1996: Awarded America’s Prize for Integrity. Presented by former President Ronald Reagan.
P 1996: CHARACTER COUNTS! Radio Commentaries. Commenced daily syndicated radio commentaries playing three times a day at Los Angeles CBS flagship station KNX-1070 AM and other cities throughout the country and worldwide on American forces network. Received two Gabriel Awards for outstanding content. The program ran until 2011 (the 15-year run made it one of the longest-running features in radio history).
J 1998: Journalism Ethics. Developed comprehensive journalism ethics program for Knight Rider which provided the basis for nearly a dozen major workshops and presentations to major media organizations (including Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Miami herald) and associations of journalists, editors and publishers.
L 1998: ABA Judicial Code of Ethics. JI provided a grant to the ABA to re-write the Judicial Code of Ethics and Michael Josephson served on the drafting committee.
G 1998: Social Security Administration: Making Values-Based Decisions.
S 2001: The Gold Medal Standards for Amateur Basketball. In partnership with the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) assembled leading sports organizations, coaches, university presidents, sports journalists, and game officials to draft and issue “Pursuing Victory with Honor: The Gold Medal Standards for Amateur Basketball” detailing far-reaching and fundamental guidelines.
C 2001: Parenting to Build Character in Your Teen. Book published with Boys & Girls Town of America.
P 2001: You Don’t Have to Be Sick to Get Better. Book of select radio commentaries.
P 2002: Cover Profile “The Indisputable Mr. Scruples.” 4000-word profile in L.A. Times Magazine.
S 2002: Gold Medal Standards for Youth Sports. Assembled leaders from the nation’s most influential youth sports organizations to focus on and craft solutions for (high school and below) sports. Produced “Gold Medal Standards for Youth Sports” establishing a common framework.
P 2002: Making Ethical Decisions. Booklet adopted by dozens of college courses and company programs.
P 2002: The Best is Yet to Come. Book of select radio commentaries
P 2002: Governor Robert Ray Pillar of Character Award.
P 2003: “What Will Matter” Poem. Poem and a video slide show have been viewed or downloaded hundreds of thousands of times.
B 2003: Living the Credo: Making Good Decisions at Johnson & Johnson. Commissioned by Johnson and Johnson to write a guide to decision making integrating the J&J Credo with JI’s Six Pillars of Character.
C 2003: CHARACTER COUNTS! for U.S. Army Youth Services. Developed custom version of CHARACTER COUNTS! for U.S. Army department of youth services at more than 100 Army installations for more than 100,000 children of soldiers.
LE 2003: Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Command Officer Training.
J 2004: Moderated panel of Newspaper Publishers Association Panel. (aired by PBS)
P 2004: The Power of Character. Book of 40 essays from prominent business, political and media leaders on character.
G 2004: Santa Clara County Public Employees Ethics Workshops.
R 2005: Menschlekeit Matters. Created Jewish education version of CHARACTER COUNTS!
C 2005: Assessment and Recommendations Concerning the Character Development of the United States Air Force Academy. Commissioned to evaluate character development efforts.
G 2005: Joint Session of Iowa Legislature and Statewide Officials. Invited by Governor of Iowa to address a special joint session of senators and house members on the issue of civility.
G 2005: Connecticut Legislative Leaders Conference.
G 2006: Defense Acquisition University. Entered MOU to assist the Department of Defense to transform its ethics program from rule-based compliance courses to a broader values-based ethics initiative.
S 2006: Olympism and Olympic Ideals. Commissioned to survey all major constituents of the U.S. Olympic Movement and present a report to the USOC Assembly on Olympism and Olympic Ideals.
LE 2006: Los Angeles Police Department, CA. Designed survey and training program for LAPD Command Officers.
B 2006 – 2008: Kroger Corporation. Commissioned by Kroger Corporation (20 store banners) to conduct values-based training for senior executives at various regional centers.
LE 2007: Becoming an Exemplary Peace Officer: An Introduction to Police Training (for police academies) and Becoming an