I am using fairly simple definitions of pride and shame here. Shame is the feeling that you have done something dishonorable. Pride is the opposite. If these capacities are hard-wired and, even if they are not, a great deal of behavior everywhere including behavior that may be classified as good or evil is linked to the capacity to experience these emotions. You might say that feeling pride and shame depend on the values people have. You feel shame if you violate a closely held value. But it may be the other way around. If a person is simply genetically or otherwise unable to feel shame, the notion of values seems to become irrelevant. Perhaps these people are simply unable to have values and act accordingly. One of Jim's three deans may fit this description.
Of course, for those unable to experience the internal incentives and disincentives of pride and shame, respectively, we still have direct sanctions that mean people may behave consistent with certain values even if not internalizing them. These are people who fit the rational economic man model and are often -- though maybe not disproportionately -- found (as some recent experiences have brought home to me) on law faculties. And, as I have written before, there appears to be no connection between teaching areas or professed values and the capacity to feel shame or act in accordance with professed values.
So where does this all lead? We are on the cusp of recruiting season. I've already made known and taken heat for my view that I do not want to hire anyone who thinks the most important thing I need to know is where he or she went to law school. I also like the suggestion of University of Florida legal counsel that candidates be asked about challenges they have overcome as a way to searching for diversity. (As far as I know this question has not actually been asked.) And, now I would like candidates with a capacity to feel shame. If it's hard wired maybe there is a gene to be isolated or a brain wave test to administered. Maybe, in fact, the test could be administered right after the LSAT. I'm kidding on this but, wouldn't it be nice to know "shame capacity" before hiring people, in most cases, for life?