Supporting Students to Act Consistently With Their Values

Acting with integrity—consistent with our core values—is a crucial component of a life “well lived.” Good decisions depend on values considerations being raised and considered. Giving Voice to Values (GVV) grew from business students’ frustration that traditional ethics courses seemed only to find ways to rationalize decisions rather than providing tools to act on what they believed was right. The plenary first will demonstrate GVV techniques for students in clinical programs to identify their values and recognize the fears and rationalizations that stop people from acting consistent with values. The session then moves to GVV techniques to build “moral muscle” to take action and formulate strategies to raise ethical and social justice concerns and make them part of decision-making. Presenters from Australia, the Czech Republic, and the US will share how they are using GVV in clinical legal education.