You will submit your answers to these questions in the next (and final) section of the course.
As you read through these questions, please remember that we’ll be looking to see the application of the ideas reviewed in the previous interactive activities. You will upload your answers in a single Word document in the next course section. If you have any questions as you work through the readings and assignments, you can contact our tutoring team at email@example.com anytime.
Important! You must provide answers to all parts of these six questions.
If you’ll recall back to Section 1.3, you submitted an Integrity Pledge that the work in this seminar is your own work. Please type the Integrity Pledge at the top of your submission.
“I do honest work. The words in this exercise are mine, unless other sources are clearly identified. My name is ________, and I attend [name of school].”
Finally, a word of caution…
“Answers” to some college assignments (including one or more AIS assignments) can be purchased online. We monitor relevant contract cheating sites and report any use of them to referring schools for additional disciplinary action. Contrary to promises made by the site promoters–who aren’t known for being trustworthy people– the writing isn’t very good and the content rarely “original” (i.e. repeated phrases are easily detectable by our experienced tutors and plagiarism detection software). We recommend using the free professional services at your campus Writing Center (online services are often available). You’ll be asked to make revisions and do your own work, but that approach is consistent with the fantastic idea that you’re paying college tuition to learn something, instead of pretending to learn something.
Question 1: Greenspan’s Harvard Commencement Speech
Required Reading:Harvard University Commencement Speech by (then) Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan
Please focus on these four paragraphs:
”I do not deny that many appear to have succeeded in a material way by cutting corners and manipulating associates, both in their professional and in their personal lives. But material success is possible in this world and far more satisfying when it comes without exploiting others. The true measure of a career is to be able to be content, even proud, that you succeeded . . . without leaving a trail of casualties in your wake.”
”I cannot speak for others whose psyches I may not be able to comprehend, but, in my working life, I have found no greater satisfaction than achieving success through honest dealings and strict adherence to the view that for you to gain, those you deal with should gain as well. Human relations–be they personal or professional–should not be zero-sum games.”
”And beyond the personal sense of satisfaction, having a reputation for fair dealing is a profoundly practical virtue. We call it ‘good will’ in business and add it to our balance sheets.”
”Trust is at the root of any economic system based on mutually beneficial exchange. In virtually all transactions, we rely on the word of those with whom we do business. Were this not the case, exchange of goods and services could not take place on any reasonable scale. Our commercial codes and contract law presume that only a tiny fraction of contracts, at most, need to be adjudicated. If a significant number of businesspeople violated the trust upon which our interactions are based, our court system and our economy would be swamped into immobility.”
[a] Do you think Greenspan is being realistic about the possibility of business ethics? Cite specific language from his speech (in quotation marks) and explain your reasoning.
[b] Identify the core ethical values you plan to follow in your career.
Question 2: Lawyer Plagiarism
Required Reading:Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board v. Peter Cannon
[a] Why should judges care if attorneys submit plagiarized legal briefs or motions? Please explain your answer.[b] The Iowa Supreme Court referred to another case involving attorney plagiarism (Iowa Supreme Court Board of Professional Ethics