Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Testimonials Move Forward with Florida Bar

Proposed lawyer advertising rules that would allow some testimonials but also make all lawyer websites subject to those rules — except for requiring Bar review — have been approved by the Board of Governors, according to an article in the current issue of The Florida Bar News.

"The board, at its May 27 meeting in Key West, approved a rewrite of the rules prepared by the Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics. The redrafted rules are scheduled to be submitted to the Supreme Court, which has the final say, by July 5.

Committee Chair Carl Schwait said the amendments came in response to a Supreme Court order in 2007 when it acted on an earlier ad rules package. In drawing them up, the committee took into account U.S. Supreme Court rulings on lawyer advertising and free speech, other federal court rulings, Florida Supreme Court rulings on advertising, input from numerous attorneys, a Bar-sponsored survey on public attitudes about lawyer advertising, and suggestions from the Bar’s Citizens Forum."

Read the full story titled, "Redrafted Advertising Rules on their way to the S. Court."

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