Friday, January 12, 2007

News From the Gulag

Iowa, with its uniquely restrictive rules on attorney advertising, has been referred to as the "Advertising Gulag." In a recent case, the Iowa Supreme Court revoked the license of a lawyer who had been subject to two prior admonitions and a reprimand for advertising violations. The attorney made statements of an unverifiable and self-laudatory nature such as that his "scholarly achievements are unmatched", he was the "foremost authority on drunk driving", and that his efforts had "resulted in overwhelmingly favorable results for his clients." He also violated an Iowa rule that requires that direct mail solicitation of potential clients because of an occurance known to the lawyer (here drunk driving arrests) be filed in advance with the Iowa Board

Notably, the attorney was found to have presented false and misleading testimony in a prior disciplinary hearing. In my view, that misconduct should invariably result in severe discipline, as it demonstrates present unfitness to practice law. The court found other vioations as well. (Mike Frisch).

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The Iowa supreme court may be unduly strict with attormey advertising, but it tends to be relatively lenient in dealing with other instances of attorney misconduct.

Posted by: Dale Gribble | Jan 15, 2007 12:11:39 PM

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