Please review the following exercises and answer the following questions.
1. Alan Greenspan Speech.
Please review Alan Greenspan’s 1999 Harvard Commencement Address (the speech can also be found here), and answer the following question.
Do you think Greenspan is being realistic or naive about the possibility of business ethics?
Important: You should consider Greenspan’s argument on the “value added” of honesty and integrity. What does Greenspan mean when saying that companies add it their balance sheets?
You are not obligated to agree with Mr. Greenspan, but you are expected to consider his point of view, state a clear opinion, and support that opinion with convincing arguments.
2. In-depth Assignment – Please choose one of the following assignments:
Option A. Shattered Glass Film
This film is available on Netflix DVD, Amazon (where it can be purchased cheaply or rented via Amazon instant video), and likely at your local library, as well as other online movie providers. After watching the film, please answer the following questions.
2a. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being excellent), how do you rate the film? Explain your answer.
2b. In what ways were Stephen Glass (as depicted in the film) a “flawed person?” How could he have corrected or compensated for those flaws?
Option B. Iowa Supreme Court case
Please read this decision by the Iowa Supreme Court in an attorney discipline case.
2a. Isn’t plagiarism a “victimless crime?” Why should judges care if attorneys submit plagiarized legal briefs or motions? Please explain your answer.
2b. Attorney Peter Cannon was punished by the court and by the attorney disciplinary board. Do you think these punishments (taken as a whole) were too lenient, too severe, or about right? Please explain your answer.
2c. The Iowa Supreme Court referred to another case involving attorney plagiarism (Iowa Supreme Court Board of Professional Ethics & Conduct v. Lane). In that case, the punishment for attorney Lane (suspension of his license to practice) was more severe than the punishment imposed on attorney Cannon. What distinction did the court make between these two cases? Do you agree with the court’s reasoning?
2d. The state of Florida requires “personal appearances before the [disciplinary] board for public reprimands for disciplined lawyers” [italics added]. Do you think this kind of public shaming is too harsh?
3. Assignment by Interest – #1 – Please select and complete the assignment that interests you the most.
Option A. Alphabet’s Code of Conduct
Read Alphabet’s (Google’s parent company) Code of Conduct and answer the following questions:
3a. What are your general impressions of Alphabet’s / Google’s Code of Conduct? Why does Alphabet have such a code?
3b. What do you think of Alphabet’s / Google’s main message: “Don’t be evil” (or at other times “Do the right thing”)?
3c. What suggestions would you give to Google’s / Alphabet’s founders about the code?
Option B. Templeton Foundation
Read any 3 essays from the Templeton Foundation’s “Does the free market corrode moral character” and answer the following questions.
3a. Which readings did you select? Why?
3b. In your opinion, does the free market corrode moral character? Please explain your answer and refer to your chosen videos or readings.
3c. Are there any values or virtues necessary for free economies to flourish? If so, what are they and how can they be fostered?
Option C. On Being Happy, Healthy, and Ethical
Read “On Being a Happy, Healthy, and Ethical Member of an Unhappy, Unhealthy, and Unethical Profession” from the Vanderbilt Law Review and answer the following questions.
3a. What are Schiltz’s main findings about the health and reported happiness of lawyers? What are the major causes? Be specific
3b. Please read Section III.C. on pages 915-920 and comment on the following quotation. Do you find it convincing? Why or why not?
“That is why, no matter which big firm you join, there is a good chance that working at the firm will make you unhealthy, an even better chance that it will make you unhappy, and an almost 100% chance that it will make you unethical…” (p. 920)
3c. Can a lawyer be successful and ethical at the same time? What steps will you take to achieve this in your career?
Option D. AMA Code of Ethics
Read the AMA Code of Medical Ethics and answer the following questions.
3a. Why do you think the AMA publishes this Code? Why not teach medical ethics simply through word of mouth?
3b. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the Code?
3c. Do you have any suggestions to improve the Code? Please suggest at least one specific change or addition.