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Attorney advertising rules are unconstitutional

Most of the controversial rules restricting attorney advertising in New York violate the First Amendment, the 2nd Circuit has ruled. The rules bar testimonials by clients on pending matters, attention-getting techniques that are not relevant to legal competence, law firm ...

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Maine, Alabama issue new attorney advertising rules

Two states recently weighed in on the controversial issue of attorney advertising. Maine’s new Rules of Professional Conduct are slightly less restrictive than the American Bar Association’s Model Rules, although they do include “aspirational goals” on lawyer advertising. The rules go into effect on Aug. 1, 2009. In Alabama, the state supreme court adopted a change that will affect written communications with potential clients.

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A look at the year to come

As we fast-forward to the 21st Century, the debate about the ethics of client development enters its 154th year. Columnist Will Hornsby looks at what the coming year will bring to this debate.

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