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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
 
Peel v. Attorney Disciplinary Commission of Illinois (docket #: 88-1775) (1990)  [Findlaw]

Argument Date 01/17/1990
Decided 6/4/1990
Supreme Court Vote 3-2-4
Supreme Court Ruling First Amendment claim upheld
 
IssueWhether a rule barring lawyers from advertising certification as a legal specialist violated the First Amendment's freedom of speech clause.
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]
Lawyers
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.

Briefs
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

News
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
Other
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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Majority Opinion Stevens, J.
Concurring Opinion Marshall, J. (joined by Brennan, J.)
Dissenting Opinion White, J., & O'Connor, J. (joined by Rehnquist, J. & Scalia, J.)
Lower Court Illinois Supreme Court
Lower Court Ruling First Amendment claim denied
Oral Arguments Audio (Oyez)  [Oyez]
Lawyers
For Petitioner
Bruce J. Ennis, Jr.

For Respondent
William F. Moran III

Briefs
For Amicus
Burt Neuborne for the Association of National Advertisers, Inc. (for petitioner)

Clarance E. Hagglund for the Academy of Certified Trial Lawyers of Minnesota

Daniel J. Popeo, Paul D. Kamenar, Alan M. Slobodin, and Richard Samp for the Washington Legal Foundation et al. (for petitioner)

David C. Vladeck and Alan B. Morrison for Public Citizen (for petitioner)

Jeffrey Robert White and Russ M. Herman for the Association of Trial Lawyers of America et al. (for petitioner)

Philip B. Kurland and Alan S. Madans for the American Advertising Federation, Inc. (for petitioner)

Stephen J. Marzen for the Federal Trade Commission (for petitioner)

Timothy Wilton and Jacob D. Fuchsberg for the National Board of Trial Advocacy

Ruling - Lower Court
126 Ill. 2d 397, 534 N. E. 2d 980
News
Lipman, Joanne, "Case Fans Concern for Firms' Free Speech," The Wall Street Journal, Sept. 12, 1989, Sect. B, p. 5
Margolick, David, "At the Bar," The New York Times, Dec. 15, 1989, Sect. B, p. 20
Other
Brody, Steven G. & Johnson, Bruce E.H., ADVERTISING AND COMMERCIAL SPEECH: A FIRST AMENDMENT GUIDE (2nd ed., 2006) §5:6
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