Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

Ethics Articles

Legal Ethics

Transparency in the Administration of Justice
San Jose Independent Police Auditor outlines proposals for greater transparency around complaints against police and argues for an end to grand juries.
LaDoris Cordell
The Role of Prosecutors in Officer-Involved Shootings
Santa Clara County DA explains the duties of prosecutors in the light of police shootings of unarmed African-Americans.
Jeff Rosen
Religious Freedom and the Culture Wars
One of the nation's leading constitutional scholars discusses gay marriage and other issues of religious freedom (video) Keywords: religious freedom, culture wars, gay marriage
Douglas Laycock
Dealing With Disaster: The Ethical Challenges
Pay Czar Kenneth Feinberg discusses the ethics of disaster relief compensation
Kenneth Feinberg
Privacy and the Law
A review of common law privacy protection, the Constitutional right to privacy, and privacy legislation
Michael McFarland, S.J.
Citizens United (podcast)
Bradley Joondeph, Associate Professor of Law at SCU, leads a discussion on the impact of the Supreme Court decision, "Citizens United," on American elections.
Brad Joondeph
Corporate Governance and Ethics: Conversations with the Delaware Court
Video interviews with justices from the Delaware Court of Chancery and Supreme Court
Reducing the Risk of White Collar Crime (video)
Former federal prosecutor discusses preventing corporate wrongdoing
Hank Shea
Equal Justice Under Law
These remarks examine how the legal principle of 'equal justice under law' is widely violated in America. The United States holds the most lawyers, but its legal system is among the least adequate when it comes to equal legal assistance.
Deborah Rhode
Politics, the Supreme Court, and Affirmative Action
The decision in Grutter v. Bollinger that it was constitutionally permissible for public colleges and universities to consider race in student admissions was transparently political, in the sense that the outcome was grounded more in the political choices of the justices and the surrounding political context than in any objective legal principles.
Brad Joondeph
Of SNPS, TRIPS, and Human Dignity: Ethics and Gene Patenting
Report on a Center conference about the law and ethics of gene patenting.
Miriam Schulman
Legal Ethics?
When an "outside" lawyer realizes that an officer of the company his or her firm represents may be engaged in fraud.
William K. Black
Racial Profiling in an Age of Terrorism
Chief Deputy Attorney General of California Peter Siggins discusses the ethical and legal aspects of profiling in the context of national security concerns.
Peter Siggins
Expanding the Role of Ethics in Legal Education and the Legal Profession
Transcript of a talk by Stanford legal ethics scholar Deborah Rhode.
Deborah Rhode
Best Interests of the Child
How do we determine what is best for children in custody disputes?
leanor Willemsen and Michael Willemson
Why Should We Care About Racial Inequlity Per Se ?
Is a color-blind approach to racial issues the best route to equality?
Glenn Loury
Moral Attorneys; Moral People
Law students reflect on the principles they intend to follow in their professional lives.
Richard J. Heafey
Impartial Jurors, Impartial Juries
In a media-saturated society, jurors who know nothing about high-profile cases may be jurors who know nothing.
Newton N. Minow
Tie That Binds
Fidelity to childrennot to spousesmay be a new way of approaching family policy.
June Carbone
Five Hardest Lessons of the O.J. Trial
One of Simpson's legal team discusses what we can learn from the case.
Gerald F. Uelmen
Privacy vs. Security
The Center's Framework for Ethical Decision making is applied to privacy vs. security concerns in the wake of the terrorist attacks.
Bharath Krishnamurthy
Beyond Professional Codes
Professors in law, philosophy, and communication discuss media ethics, legal ethics, and the common good.