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New Jersey Supreme Court Is the Hero for Super Lawyers

Sometimes, even Super Lawyers need a hero. Yesterday, the New Jersey Supreme Court came to the rescue, vacating a 2006 decision by a committee of the court that banned lawyers from advertising their inclusion on lists such as Super Lawyers or Best Lawyers in America. (The decision is available here). The court held that lawyer advertising is a form of commercial speech protected by the First Amendment and, as such, could not be subject to a blanket and overbroad ban. The court remanded the rule to the committee to consider different approaches such as disclaimer language that would strike a balance between lawyers' speech rights and the interest in protecting consumers.

So far, two bloggers have weighed in on the ruling. Larry Bodine doesn't mince words on his Law Marketing Blog, commending the court for reversing "one of the most asinine ethics rulings ever issued by the troglodyte Committee on Attorney Advertising."

Likewise, Rich Klein of Views on Reputation agrees that lawyers should have the right to advertise just like any other profession. However, he cautions lawyers about wasting money on vanity lists that "do more to increase egos rather than vastly increase revenues."

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on December 18, 2008 at 12:11 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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