ABA Approves Changes To Attorney Advertising Ethics Rules

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, Advertising, Legal Ethics, Social Media Ethics, SolicitationLeave a Comment

The American Bar Association’s House of Delegates approved on Monday an overhaul to its ethics rules governing attorney advertising and solicitation.  The ABA vote on Monday capped a four-year effort to modernize ethics rules promulgated in the 1980s–long before the Internet forever changed how lawyers market their services and communicate with prospective clients. The ABA’s vote was spurred on by … Read More

Lawyer Who Photoshopped Self Into Celebrity Photos Posted On Firm Website Suspended For Deceptive Advertising

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.Advertising, Discipline, IP Ethics, Patent EthicsLeave a Comment

“You are known by the company you keep” – Aesop’s Fables As lawyers, we are often judged by prospective clients based upon the quality of our past or existing clients.  If you represent a large, rich, powerful corporation, the message that sends to a prospective client is – if he or she is good enough for them, that’s good enough … Read More

APRL Clarifies Advertising Report Did Not “Slam” Current Ethics Rules

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, AdvertisingLeave a Comment

As reported last week, on June 22, 2015, following a two-year study, the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (“APRL”) Board approved publication of the Report of APRL’s Lawyer Advertising Committee.  As explained on the APRL website, “The Report recommends extensive revisions to lawyer advertising rules so they are compatible with modern electronic means of communication. The Report recognizes the need for … Read More

Report Slams Ethics Rules on Attorney Advertising As “Outdated” And “Unworkable”

Michael E. McCabe, Jr.ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, AdvertisingLeave a Comment

“It is long past time for rationality and uniformity to be brought to the regulation of lawyer advertising,” says the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) in a comprehensive report released June 22, 2015.  The report, which was authored by the APRL’s Regulation of Lawyer Advertising Committee, is the culmination of a two-year study of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and various … Read More