Curriculum Vitae of W. William Hodes, Esq.


Harvard College, B.A., 1966 (cum laude in general studies).

Law School:
Rutgers Law School, J.D., 1969 (with highest honors).

Law School Activities and Honors:

Research Editor, Rutgers Law Review (supervisor of student writing).
A. Harry Moore Prize (highest grade over entire course of studies).
West Publishing Company Award (highest average in senior class).
Cornelius W. Wichersham, Jr. Award (highest grade in Constitutional Law).
J. Skelly Wright Prize (greatest contribution to the civil rights, liberties and human affairs of fellow citizens during the three years at Rutgers Law School).

Member of the Bar:

Louisiana (1969-2009), New Jersey (1971-2009), Indiana (1999-2021), Florida (2011-).
United States Supreme Court (1974-).


Associate, Smith & Scheuermann, New Orleans, Louisiana, June 1969 to July 1970.
Assistant Corporation Counsel, City of Newark, New Jersey, October 1970 to December 1973.
Staff Attorney, Education Law Center, Newark, New Jersey, December 1973 to June 1978.
Designated Counsel (pool attorney), Office of the Public Defender of New Jersey, Appellate Section, September 1971 to June 1978.

Academic Appointments (see below), September 1978 to December 1999.

Law Clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, United States Supreme Court, (sabbatical leave) August 1996 to July 1997.

Owner and President, The William Hodes Law Firm, July 1999 to present.

Academic Appointments, 1978-1999:

Bigelow Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law, University of Chicago Law School, September 1978 to June 1979.
Professor of Law, Indiana University School of Law, August 1979 to December 1999.
Director, Indiana University School of Law, China Summer Program, Shanghai, 1987 and 1989.
Scholar-in-Residence and Lecturer, China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, Spring, 1989.
Visiting Professor of Law, Southern Illinois University School of Law, Fall 1990.
Visiting Professor of Law, University of Illinois College of Law, Fall 1994.

Professor Emeritus of Law, Indiana University, January 2000 to present.


The Law of Lawyering (with Geoffrey C. Hazard, Jr. and Peter R. Jarvis) (Aspen Law and Business, 1985; 4th ed., Wolters Kluwer, 2014) (with semi-annual supplements).

Legal Research: A Self-Teaching Guide to the Law Library (National Institute of Trial Advocacy, 1983; 2d ed., 1988) (includes teachers' manual).

Navigating Some Deep and Troubled Jurisprudential Waters: Lawyer-Expert Witnesses and the Twin Dangers of Disguised Testimony and Disguised Advocacy, 6 St. Mary's J. on Legal Malpractice & Ethics 180 (2016).

Seeking the Truth Versus Telling the Truth at the Boundaries of the Law: Misdirection, Lying, and "Lying with an Explanation," 44 S. Texas L. Rev. 53 (2002).

Cheating Clients with the Percentage-of-the-Gross Contingent Fee Scam, 30 Hofstra L. Rev. 767 (2002).

Truthfulness and Honesty Among American Lawyers: Perception, Reality, and the Professional Reform Initiative, 53 S. Car. L. Rev. 527 (2002).

Accepting and Rejecting Clients-the Moral Autonomy of the Second-to-the-Last Lawyer in Town, 48 U. Kan. L. Rev. 977 (2000).

Rethinking the Way Law is Taught: Can we Improve Lawyer Professionalism by Teaching Hired Guns to Aim Better? 87 Ky. L.J. 1019 (1999).

The Professional Duty to Horseshed Witnesses-Zealously, Within the Bounds of the Law, 30 Texas Tech. L. Rev. 1343 (1999).

Foreword: The Several Stances of the Modern American Lawyer, 47 U. Kan. L. Rev. 777 (1999).

Congressional Federalism and the Judicial Power: Horizontal and Vertical Tension Merge, 32 Ind. L. Rev. 155 (1998).

Lord Brougham, the Dream Team, and Jury Nullification of the Third Kind, 67 U. Colo. L. Rev. 1075 (1996).

What Ought to be Done-What Can be Done-When the Wrong Person is in Jail or About to be Executed? An Invitation to a Multi-Disciplined Inquiry, and a Detour About Law School Pedagogy, 29 Loy. L.A.L. Rev. 1547 (1996).

The Overtly "Political" Character of the Advise and Consent Function: Offsetting the Presidential Veto with Senatorial Rejection, 7 St. John's J. Legal Comment. 109 (1991).

The Code of Professional Responsibility, the Kutak Rules, and the Trial Lawyer's Code: Surprisingly, Three Peas in a Pod, 35 U. Miami L. Rev. 739 (1981).

Women and the Constitution: Some Legal History and a New Approach to the Nineteenth Amendment, 25 Rutgers L. Rev. 26 (1970).

Dombrowski v. Eastland-A Political Compromise and its Impact, 22 Rutgers L. Rev. 137 (1967).

Nino Protested Too Much, but Larry Created the Appearance of Politicizing Judicial Ethics, 15 The Prof. Lawyer, November 2004, at 1.

That is Correct:  When a Client Lies, Duty of Candor to the Court Trumps Confidentiality, and Turns Silence into Complicity, Res Gestae, April 2003, at 46.

We Need More Zealousness, not Less--But Within the Bounds of Law, Res Gestae, March 2001, at 46.

A Clerk's-Eye View of the Supreme Court (Indiana Alumni Magazine, Jan.-Feb. 1998, at 30).

The Ethics of Defending Guilty Clients (National Law Journal Op-Ed, May 29, 1995).

How Much Purity Can a Judge Attain? (National Law Journal Op-Ed, August 1, 1994).

Two Cheers for Lying (About Immaterial Matters), 5 The Prof. Law. 1 (May, 1994).

The Model Rules After New Orleans--Radical at Last, 35 Virginia Law Weekly, No. 21 (April 8, 1983).

"Thinking and Writing Like a Lawyer" Uunpublished materials, now incorporated in orientation materials, "Approaching the First Class," Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis ((c) 1978, 1980, 1981).

Memberships and Important Positions Held:

Member, American Law Institute-American Bar Association Advisory Panel on Professional Responsibility, 2006-2007.

Co-Reporter, American Bar Association, Joint Commission to Evaluate the Model Code of Judicial Conduct, 2004-2007.

Member, Board of Directors, Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL), 2002-2005.

Elected Member, The American Law Institute, 1997-present.

Reporter, The Professional Reform Initiative of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, 2001-2004.

Member, Advisory Council to the American Bar Association Ethics 2000 Commission, 1998-2001.

Member, National Conference of Bar Examiners, Multi-State Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE) Drafting Committee, 1996-2001.

Chair, Association of American Law Schools, Section on Professional Responsibility, 1990.

Member, American Bar Association, 1987-present.

Professional Activities:

Faculty, Hofstra University School of Law Symposium, Legal Ethics: What Needs Fixing?, September 9-11, 2001.

Consultant and On-air Commentator, MSNBC's Inside the Supreme Court segment, November 2000.

Faculty, Hofstra University School of Law Symposium, Legal Ethics: The Core Issues, March 10-12, 1996.

Faculty, University of Colorado Law Review Symposium, O.J. Simpson and the Criminal Justice System on Trial, February 23-24, 1996.

Debated defense attorney Alan Dershowitz on legal ethics issues arising in the O.J. Simpson case, Larry King Live, August 28, 1995.

Invited Commentator, Exposure Draft of the Report of the Professionalism Committee of the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, Teaching and Learning Professionalism, June 1995.

Faculty, American Bar Association Satellite Seminar, Positional Conflicts of Interest, June 1994.

Consultant to a 1993 W.M. Keck Foundation project that produced two professionally acted videotapes for use in Professional Responsibility courses in American law schools.

Faculty, 18th National Conference on Professional Responsibility, June 1992.

Frequent Continuing Legal Education lecturer on legal ethics topics.

Frequent expert witness and consultant in cases involving legal ethics and related issues.

Author of amicus brief (with other legal ethics experts) in Wieder v. Skala, a New York Court of Appeals case involving a "whistle-blowing" attorney dismissed by his firm.

Amicus (in own name) in Rice v. Strunk, an Indiana Supreme Court case involving the conflicting loyalties of a lawyer for a small partnership.

Lectures to academic and community groups on People's Mediation and the political events in China, 1989-90.

Pre-publication review and critique of proposed textbooks by other scholars.

Review of scholarly work of law professors at other law schools (in connection with promotion and tenure decisions).

Interviewed frequently by print and broadcast media regarding current legal events.