A Quick Look At Lawyer Advertising History

Did you know that lawyer advertising was banned until the mid-1970s? Want to know a little more about lawyer advertising? Read on

The Industrial Revolution was a decisive moment in history that marked major changes in agriculture, mining, transportation and manufacturing. There began an increase in individuals who can afford to buy not only the things they need, but also the things they want. It is the time that advertising gained ground. Advertisements for different products and services appeared in newspapers and buildings, including lawyer advertising.

Many well-established lawyers were against it. They said this would lessen the sanctity of the law, especially in the publics eyes. Moreover, it was like comparing the practice of law to a business enterprise. In 1908, lawyer advertising (except business cards) was banned by the American Bar Association (ABA) through its code of ethics, the Canons of Professional Ethics. This continued up to the mid-1970s. In1977, in the Bates v. State Bar of Arizona … Read the rest