Fall 2013
    Law No.: LAW9089
    Sched. No.: 113820902

Seminar in Ethical Values (YR)*
Section 14
Verkerke, J H.

Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):TBA, - ()
Credits:0Type:Yearlong seminar
Capacity:12 **This information is current as of 04/18/2014 06:15:33 AM**
Current Enrollment:12 **This information is current as of 04/18/2014 06:15:33 AM**

Course Description:

Seminars in Ethical Values are designed to enhance students' understanding of ethical issues and address the broader ethical and moral responsibilities of the lawyer as citizen and leader. The seminars are graded on a pass/fail basis; students earn one credit in the spring semester upon successful completion of the seminar.

The purpose of this Seminar in Ethical Values will be to read and discuss books that challenge orthodox views in various fields and that hold some promise of helping each of us become a better person. In keeping with this theme, students will play an important role in suggesting and selecting the five books we will discuss. Prior to the add-drop period, I will open an online discussion forum for registered students to propose books for consideration and to express their views about a menu of alternatives that I will post. On Monday, September 2 at 6:00pm, we will meet at the Law School to introduce ourselves to one another and to finalize our reading list for the year. Thereafter, we will meet at my home at 6:30pm on the following five Monday evenings: September 30, November 4, February 3, March 17, and April 14. Each of these sessions will be devoted to discussing one of the five books we have agreed to read. Although student input will determine the final reading list for this year, some possibilities include Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma; Martin Seligman, Flourish; Stephen Pinker, The Blank Slate; Bill McDonough & Michael Braungart, Cradle to Cradle; Jeffrey Eugenides, Middlesex; Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion; Eric Beinhocker, The Origin of Wealth; Michael Pollan, The Botany of Desire; Alain de Botton, Religion for Atheists; Edward O. Wilson, The Social Conquest of Earth; and Robert Trivers, The Folly of Fools.

NOTE: We will meet six Monday evenings: September 2 and 30, November 4, February 3, March 17, and April 14.

ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: Attendance at all class sessions is required