In rejecting the bulk of New York's content-based restrictions on attorney advertising, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held Friday that a ban on the use of nicknames like "Heavy Hitters" or client testimonials about pending cases violates the First Amendment. The circuit also held that preventing lawyers from employing special effects or portraying a judge in an ad did not "materially advance" the state's interest in prohibiting misleading speech.
2nd Circuit Rejects Most of New York's Attorney Advertising Limits
New York Law Journal
March 15, 2010