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How lawyers can bridge the gulf of distrust

Bob Murray PhD, principal, Fortinberry Murray

1 March 2016

A Rottweiler called 'Everything' died a few years ago. On the anniversary of this sad event his owner paid a special tribute to his beloved dog in a social media post that went viral. Everyone loves and trusts their own dogs, even though many people don't trust dogs - especially large ones - in general. Maybe a trustworthy Rottweiler can teach us something.

In December of last year Gallup did a trust survey of most of the professions. Guess what? Lawyers came near the bottom of the list - along with members of congress, lobbyists and car salespeople. Only 4 per cent had very high trust in members of the profession. I suppose the good news is that lawyers rated higher than real estate professionals and telemarketers (but it was close). For some reason scientists didn't rate a mention in the survey although other similar studies have found that they don't do that well. (Disclosure: I am a scientist, a ...

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