Michael G Sabbeth, Michael G. Sabbeth, Esq., Denver, Colorado
Michael Sabbeth, Esq. has been a panelist on several continuing legal education ethics programs. He lectures nationally on ethics, rhetoric and trial advocacy to bar associations, judicial conferences and district attorney associations. He lectures to corporate and civic groups on ethics, rhetoric and persuasion as a management and executive skill. He has been an adjunct professor at Arapahoe Community College and Metropolitan State University in Denver where he taught courses on Ethics, Rhetoric and Propaganda and Entrepreneurialism.

Mr. Sabbeth lectures to bar associations and continuing legal education groups throughout Colorado and nationally on the topic of ethics and rhetoric. He has written articles in national publications on ethics with an emphasis on teaching ethics to children. He has been featured in The Christian Science Monitor for his volunteer work teaching ethics in Denver-area schools. After the Columbine High School killings Mr. Sabbeth lectured on skills for ethical reasoning to the Littleton Fire Department to enhance the department’s school outreach programs.

Mr. Sabbeth has taught classes on moral reasoning in Denver-area public and private schools for twenty years. His book The Good, The Bad and The Difference: How to Talk with Children About Values is a guide for parents and for other persons working with children on how to talk with children about ethics and values and how to teach moral reasoning. The book has been available since late October 2010. Mr. Sabbeth graduated from Williams College with an Honors degree in Political Economy in 1969 and from the University of Denver Law School in 1973. He is a sole practitioner in Denver. He writes for many magazines on travel, fishing and engraving. He is married and has three children.

Twitter: @michaelsabbeth

The Good, The Bad and The Difference” offers principles, skills and a structure for critical conversations that help parents raise children of virtuous character committed to moral reasoning and moral action.

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Kathlene Hendon March 16, 2011 at 2:51 pm

I have recently had a lot of experience with treatment centers in Utah as one of my children is struggling with mental illness. I have found some of the very best in the field of treatment and have seen a common thread of kindness and decency in Utah where ever I go. There is a remarkable difference in how the people of Utah seem to relate to others. There is great family emphasis and faith in God as well as great accomplishments among these people. It is refreshing to me every time I visit Utah.

Utah also has it’s serious issues that are contrary to what I describe above but there is something going on there that is different than other places I have been including my own home town.
Your subject matter of ethics and children interests me as I wonder about the differences of people’s family life across our great country. I think your subject is critically important in todays society as parents, family life, and spirituality are very important to developing goodness in children. It is true that some parents are doing this better reaching their children than others in regard to this. Though sometimes as hard as we try there are still problems. It is true though that the emphasis that life is difficult and requires us to choose good vs bad. Seems basic but it is what life is all about and it is not at all easy!

I look forward to reading your book.



Matthew McKenna January 12, 2012 at 3:20 am

Hello Mr. Sabbeth,

When I bought your book during Christmas week, my interest was mild. After skimming through the book, I realized that I wanted to read it through. Then I read it again. On Monday of this week, I read it a third time.

As I read it, I realized that your method of teaching ethics is so similar to my wife’s methods (she home schools our children), that I thought you and she must surely trade notes. Every time I’ve read your book, I’ve discovered additional nuances and jewels of wisdom. I’ve found that the various chapters on particular topics have applicability to other topics in the book… and in life.

After reading it the first time, I applied some of the principles at work… on adults and much to my surprise, I had a positive impact with it.

Your book is not just a book for instructing children in morals and ethics, it’s a book for teaching adults the same. Your examples are timely, the banter described with respect to the children so apropos.

The book and material are so relevant given the moral and ethical malaise that our country and our world are in.

I find this book so relevant, that I’ve suggested it to the local home schooling community and suggested it to my own pastor and religious education director for use in their programs. As well, I’ll be getting copies for each of my five children and suggesting it to friends and at the workplace.

Thank you!


michael July 4, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Matthew: I have re-read your comments to me. I would like to know how the themes in my book harmonize with your wife’s home schooling teaching methods. Your comments are encouraged. You can also reach me by email at


Matthew McKenna January 12, 2012 at 3:22 am

This tome will be on my reference shelf alongside de Toqueville, Paine, and my other favourite authors.


Matthew McKenna January 12, 2012 at 3:36 pm

One last note, I was actually introduced to your work through my friend, Lori Hendry, who had told me about the book while she was reading it. If you are ever in the Southeastern New England area speaking, my wife and I will certainly attend.


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