Expressing grave concerns over the constitutionality, practicality and fair enforcement of proposed new restrictions on attorney advertising, major bar groups are urging court administrators to seek a more narrowly tailored and focused response to the perceived and actual ills of lawyer self-promotion and solicitations.

With the Nov. 15 deadline for commentary quickly approaching, and the Jan. 15 projected effective date hovering ominously, several bar groups have submitted reports to the Office of Court Administration. None flatly rejected either the proposed rules or the need for new rules. But none fully embraced the proposal either, suggesting that much more work needs to be done before the initiative is acceptable to leading bar groups as well as firms and individual practitioners.

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