ABA formal opinion 480 creates confusion in online legal blogging

The ABA’s Terrible, No Good, Very Bad, Formal Opinion 480

The American Bar Association (ABA), notorious for being behind the times, made a proud public proclamation of moving into the 21st century earlier this month. Finally weighing in on what it called the “newest format” of legal commentary, the legal blog, the ABA told attorneys not to reveal confidential information when writing one. The warning Read more about The ABA’s Terrible, No Good, Very Bad, Formal Opinion 480[…]

Avvo’s Lawsuits Showcases the Importance of Your Own Website

There are numerous ways to advertise your law firm online. You don’t even need to have your own website to make efforts to reach potential clientele through the internet. However, as recently-filed lawsuits make clear, the benefits of having your own website – and the control that it gives you over your own image – Read more about Avvo’s Lawsuits Showcases the Importance of Your Own Website[…]

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Commercial Speech and Legal Blogs

Commercial speech, like the rest of constitutional law, can be tricky. Unfortunately, this can affect your legal blog. Being labeled as commercial speech affords your firm’s blog fewer legal protections, making it more important to tread carefully and choose your words wisely. Refresher: What Is Commercial Speech? Commercial speech is a kind of expression made Read more about Commercial Speech and Legal Blogs[…]

Blackmun wrote Bates, prohibiting bans on attorney advertising

The Beginning of Legal Advertising – Bates v. State Bar of Arizona

Bates v. State Bar of Arizona is the United States Supreme Court case that declared an outright ban on legal advertising unconstitutional. Before Bates was decided in 1977, the American Bar Association (ABA) pushed states to adopt rules of professional conduct that prohibited nearly all forms of legal advertisement, largely because it considered legal advertising Read more about The Beginning of Legal Advertising – Bates v. State Bar of Arizona[…]