53 S. C. L. Rev. 527 (2001-2002)
Truthfulness and Honesty among American Lawyers: Perception, Reality, and the Professional Reform Initiative

handle is hein.journals/sclr53 and id is 539 raw text is: TRUTHFULNESS AND HONESTY AMONG AMERICAN
LAWYERS: PERCEPTION, REALITY, AND THE
PROFESSIONAL REFORM INITIATIVE
W. WILLIAM HODES*
I. INTRODUCTION: THE PUBLIC'S (MIXED) PERCEPTION
OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION AND THE PROFESSION'S
(INIXED) RESPONSE  ..........................................     527
II. FORMATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE
PROFESSIONAL REFORM INITIATIVE ............................ 534
III. HONING PRI's MESSAGE AND WRITING ITS RESOURCE
BOOK: CHARTING THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN
LYING, MISREPRESENTATION, AND MISLEADING,
WHILE SOLVING THE EASTER BUNNY PROBLEM ................... 538
IV. CONCLUSION: THE PROFESSIONAL REFORM INITIATIVE
BEGINS TO GAIN ACCEPTANCE AND MOMENTUM-RIGHT
DOWN THE MIDDLE ......................................... 547
I.  INTRODUCTION:    THE PUBLIC'S (MIXED) PERCEPTION OF THE LEGAL
PROFESSION AND THE PROFESSION'S (MIXED) RESPONSE
Readers who are holding in their hands an Article written for a law review
symposium on professionalism probably need little or no convincing that the
reputations of American lawyers and of the justice system as a whole have been in
* B.A., Harvard College, 1966 (with honors); J.D., Rutgers Law School-Newark 1969 (with
highesthonors). Reporter, The Professional Reform Initiative (PRI) oftheNational Conference of Bar
Presidents (NCBP); President, The William Hodes, P.C., Indianapolis, Indiana; Professor Emeritus of
Law, Indiana University.
Although I was invited by the Editors of the South Carolina Law Review to contribute this Article
because of my position as Reporter for PRI, the Article expresses my views, and is not an official PRI
document or report. Nor does it express views approved or endorsed by the NCBP, which sponsors and
presents diverse programs of interest to bar leaders without necessarily reviewing or approving the
content ofthose programs. When I do quote orparaphrase public documents ormaterials issuedbyPRI,
however, I have taken care to note that I am doing so.
I would like to thank Professor Roy Stuckey of the University of South Carolina School of Law
for taking an interest in the work of PRI and insisting that this Article be written, to the staff of the
South Carolina Law Review, especially Stewart McQueen, Tom Andrews, Cordes Ford, and Neil
Batavia for providing research assistance in addition to normal editorial work, and to the members of
the PI for allowing me to participate in their splendid endeavor.

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