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Bates v. State Bar of Arizona (docket #: 76-316) (1977)  [Findlaw]

Secondary Link Bates v. State Bar of Arizona  [Legal Information Institute]
Argument Date 01/18/1977
Decided 6/27/1977
Supreme Court Vote 6-2-1
Supreme Court Ruling First Amendment claim upheld
IssueWhether an Arizona rule that restricts attorney advertising violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments.
Case Summary & Additional Resources
Majority Opinion Blackmun, J.
Concurring Opinion Burger, C.J. (concurring & dissenting in part), & Powell (concurring & dissenting in part, joined by Stewart, J.), &
Dissenting Opinion Rehnquist, J. (dissentingi n part)
Lower Court Arizona Supreme Court
Lower Court Ruling First Amendment claim denied
Oral Arguments Oral Arguments  [Oyez]
For Petitioner
William C. Canby, Jr.

For Respondent
John P. Frank

For Amicus
Deputy Solicitor General Friedman argued the cause for the United States as amicus curiae urging reversal.

For Amicus
Alfred L. Scanlan & George W. Liebmann for the Maryland State Bar Assn., Inc.

American Medical Assn.

Andrew P. Miller, Attorney General of Virginia, Stuart H. Dunn, Deputy Attorney General & John J. Miles, Assistant Attorney General, for the Virginia State Bar

Deputy Solicitor General Friedman for the United States as amicus curiae joined by Solicitor General Robert Bork, Assistant Attorney General Baker & Barry Grossman

Edward L. Lascher, Herbert M. Rosenthal & Stuart A. Forsyth for the State Bar of California

Ellis Lyons, Bennett Boskey & Edward A. Groobert for the American Optometric Assn.

James W. Rankin & Donald E. Scott for the American Veterinary Medical Assn.

John J. Relihan & Martin J. Solomon for the Arizona Credit Union League, Inc.

John R. Schmidt for the Chicago Council of Lawyers

Justin A. Stanley & H. Blair White for the American Bar Assn.

Peter H. Schuck and Alan B. Morrison for the Consumers Union of United States, Inc.

Peter M. Sfikas for the American Dental Assn.

Philip L. Goar for the Mountain Plains Congress of Senior Organizations et al.

Roger P. Stokey, pro se

Rufus L. Edmisten, Attorney General of North Carolina, Andrew A. Vanore, Jr., Senior Deputy Attorney General, Norma S. Harrell, Associate Attorney General & Harry W. McGalliard for the State Bar of North Carolina

AP, "Sports agent sues Ohio high court over lawyer-ad rule" (4-23-04)

Blake, Gene, "New Bar Board Stands Firm on Attorney Ads," The Los Angeles Times, Oct. 29, 1976, Sect. D, p. 1
Hager, Philip, "High Court Agrees to Decide Whether Lawyers May Advertise for Business," The Los Angeles Times, Oct. 5, 1976, Sect. B, p. 14
Brody, Steven G. & Johnson, Bruce E. H., ADVERTISING AND COMMERCIAL SPEECH: A FIRST AMENDMENT GUIDE (2ND ED., 2006), sect.3.8
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