IN RE RMJ 455 US 191.docx - U.S Supreme Court In re R.M.J 455 U.S 191(1982 In re R.M.J No 80-1431 Argued November 9 1981 Decided 455 U.S 191 Syllabus

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U.S. Supreme Court In re R.M.J., 455 U.S. 191 (1982) In re R.M.J. No 80-1431 Argued November 9, 1981 Decided January 25, 1982 455 U.S. 191 Syllabus Rule 4 of the Missouri Supreme Court, regulating advertising by lawyers, states that a lawyer may include 10 categories of information in a published advertisement: name, address and telephone number; areas of practice; date and place of birth; schools attended; foreign language ability; office hours; fee for an initial consultation; availability of a schedule of fees; credit arrangements; and the fixed fee to be charged for certain "routine" legal services. Although the Rule does not state explicitly that these 10 categories of information are the only information that will be permitted, that is the interpretation given the Rule by the State Supreme Court and appellee Advisory Committee, which is charged with its enforcement. An addendum to the Rule specifies two ways in which areas of practice may be listed in an advertisement, under one of which the lawyer may use one or more of a list of 23 areas of practice, but may not deviate from the precise wording stated in the Rule to describe these areas. In addition, the Rule permits a lawyer
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