Seminar in Ethical Values (YR)

Section 2ZO, Fall 20

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 11/12
Credits: 0

Course Description

This is the first semester of a yearlong seminar designed to enhance students' understanding of ethical issues and address the broader ethical and moral responsibilities of the lawyer as citizen and leader. This seminar is about CEOs. What is it like to lead a large and complex business? What factors seem to contribute to the best leadership patterns? What are some negative consequences of CEO behavior, and can these problems be mitigated? And how do elements of personality combine with social context and other factors to establish high performing and low performing leaders? We will analyze CEO leadership by reading several of the best autobiographies and narratives in this area. And we will focus in particular on situations that involve challenging ethical and moral circumstances. Assigned materials will likely include the following: (1) Robert Iger, The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company (2019). (2) John Carreyrou, Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup (2018). We can also watch the related 2019 HBO documentary previewed here: (3) Phil Knight, Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike (2016). (4) Katharine Graham, Personal History (1998). We can also watch the related 2017 movie previewed here: (5) To be determined

Course Requirements

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Other Course Details
Prerequisites: JD students are given priority for this course during the LCS enrollment lottery process. LLM students may enroll in the course during the SIS Add/Drop process. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: None
Laptops Allowed: No
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes: Seminar sessions will be held on the following Sundays: 10/4, 11/1, 2/21, 3/14, and 4/4. I am currently planning to hold the fall sessions in my backyard with social distancing (and I will also have a video link established if you cannot attend in person). We will set plans for the spring classes as we get closer to that term.

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

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