Tag Archives: apologies

More Observations about the Kavanaugh Hearing

Yesterday, Jen wrote an insightful post analyzing Judge Kavanaugh’s problematic apology to Senator Klobuchar.  Interestingly, he committed the same offense with Senator Whitehouse – arrogantly responding to a question about his drinking by asking the senator about his drinking – but didn’t apologize to him. This post provides a few more observations about this remarkable … Continue reading More Observations about the Kavanaugh Hearing

An Example of The Power of Apology and Forgiveness

Our field aspires to promote restorative justice and healing when  one person has wronged another.  This can truly happen only when the person committing the wrong takes responsibility, typically reflected in an acknowledgment of having done the wrong and an apology.  Forgiveness can help people restore themselves as morally acceptable members of society as seen … Continue reading An Example of The Power of Apology and Forgiveness

Non-Apology Apologies, Ethics, and Lawyers

In my post, Non-Apology Apologies, Part 2, I briefly described Wells Fargo’s acceptance of responsibility but refusal to apologize for its fraudulent practices in creating accounts without customers’ authorization. This post focuses on a point in a New York Times article that provides fascinating background relevant to lawyers, law professors, and law students. Top executives … Continue reading Non-Apology Apologies, Ethics, and Lawyers

Non-Apology Apologies, Part 2

It seems that there are a lot of stories about questionable apologies in the news lately.  I don’t intend to discuss all of them, but here are a few more thoughts about some of them. 21st Century Fox First, some updates about the 21st Century Fox apology.  I thought it was bland but some commentators, … Continue reading Non-Apology Apologies, Part 2

Non-Apology Apologies

The law generally doesn’t do much to promote apologies.  They aren’t included in the panoply of remedies that judges can impose on unwilling parties.  Even if courts could order parties to apologize, the apologies probably would be of the unsatisfying tell-your-sister-you’re-sorry variety. Professor Jonathan Cohen has written wonderful pieces on The Immorality of Denial, 79 … Continue reading Non-Apology Apologies