South Texas Law Review
Jokes and negative stereotypes about lawyers abound, suggesting low levels of honesty and morality. One commentator has suggested a reason for this: The joke rings true to a lot of people because of what many lawyers in this country - including many at the top of the profession - do for their clients: bend, distort, conceal, cover up, obfuscate, or misrepresent the facts, in ways that are simultaneously (1) regarded by ordinary people as just plain dishonest, and (2) defended by many lawyers and legal experts as embodying the finest traditions of the bar and of legal ethics in our adversary system. 1
Maury Landsman and Steven P. McNeel, Moral Judgment of Law Students Across Three Years: Influences of Gender, Political Ideology and Interest in Altruistic Law Practice, 45 S. Tex. L. Rev. 891 (2004), available at http://scholarship.law.umn.edu/faculty_articles/386.