Tagged with ethics

Teaching ethics, from a former student


It’s wonderful to hear from former students, especially when they validate what you’ve been trying to do in the classroom. Here is an excerpt from an email from one of my students who now works in the Attorney General’s office in Washington, D.C. (with his permission): “The Business Ethics class and my Legal Ethics class … Continue reading

Did you see that gorilla in the room? Most don’t.


  Some things are too sensitive to be discussed. No wants to talk about the eight-hundred pound gorilla in the room, as the saying goes. The ‘gorilla’ could be a problem that causes defensiveness or embarrassment or something so potent that to acknowledge its presence is dangerous to yourself or the group. So there is … Continue reading

Is fairness in the eye of the beholder?


  Complaining about talk about taxing the wealthy, Michael Bloomberg said, “This business of ‘Well, they can afford it; they should pay their fair share?’ Who are they to say ‘Somebody else’s fair share?’ ”   N. Gregory Mankiw, a Harvard economist, doesn’t think there is an answer. “Fairness, like beauty,” he writes, “is in … Continue reading

Good lawyers may be bad at ethics and here’s why


  In the wake of the General David Petraeus scandal, the Pentagon has reviewed its ethics training and recommends that training should start earlier and continued to be reinforced through an officer’s career. In all likelihood, the Pentagon’s legal counsel will lead the training, as it usually does.   And therein lies a problem. Lawyers … Continue reading