Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit declares unconstitutional NJ rule banning use of quotes from court opinions

Back in 2012, in response to a complaint filed by a judge, the New Jersey Supreme Court approved a new ruled that stated that an attorney “may not include, on a website or other advertisement, a quotation or excerpt from a court decision (oral or written) about the attorney’s abilities or legal services.” The attorney whose ad had initiated the whole discussion on the issue challenged the rule in federal court and the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently declared the rule unconstitutional.  I agree with the result.  Lawyer Ethics Alerts Blog has a good summary of the case here.

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