Websites for attorneys in Arkansas are generally considered to be "communications" that are subject to regulation by the state bar rules. These rules set forth by the Arkansas Bar contain specific provisions that apply to internet marketing and website design.
It is essential to comply with the Arkansas state bar rules when creating a website or blog for your law firm. Any failure to comply with the rules can result in disciplinary actions or sanctions. Although the bar rules in Arkansas are restrictive, an attorney can stay in full compliance while still having an extremely effective internet marketing campaign.
Visit the links below to find out more information on the bar rules for attorney advertising in your state. If you are preparing to launch a new website or start a new internet marketing strategy, the first step is reading all of the bar rules that might apply.
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Arkansas Bar Association Website - Visit the website for the Arkansas Bar Association to find information on the Arkansas Rules of Professional Conduct, comments to the rules, and ethics advisory opinions. The Arkansas Bar Association is located at:
Arkansas Bar Association
2224 Cottondale Lane
Little Rock, AR 72202
Phone: (501) 375-4606
Office of the Committee on Professional Conduct - Visit the Arkansas Office of the Committee on Professional Conduct, which provides disciplinary decisions, grievance information and rules that govern legal professional conduct in Arkansas. This link also provides information to general court information, court rules and administrative orders, in addition to opinions by the court on various legal issues. The Arkansas Supreme Court is located at:
Arkansas Supreme Court
625 Marshall Street
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: (501) 682-6849
Ethics Advisory Opinions of the Arkansas Bar Association- Search the ethics advisory opinions, as provided by the Arkansas Bar Association, which gives ethical advice to attorneys in Arkansas on various hypothetical situations.
Arkansas Rules of Professional Conduct - Read the Arkansas Rules of Professional Conduct on regulations for attorney website advertisement and marketing.
Rule 7.1 of the Arkansas Rules of Professional Conduct generally governs all attorney and law firm communications about their services, including through advertisements such as website and internet marketing and advertisements.
An advertisement under Rule 7.2 is required to include at least one attorney's name who is responsible for the content, in addition to the geographical location of the principal office of the attorney or law firm where services are actually performed.
An attorney is required to keep a copy of any advertisement or communication for five years after it was last published, along with a record of where and when it was used, according to Rule 7.2 of the Arkansas Rules of Professional Conduct.
According to the Arkansas Rule of Professional Conduct Rule 7.1, all lawyers and law firms are prohibited from making false or misleading communications about the lawyer or their services, and statements about an attorney's services should only be truthful. A communication may be false or misleading if:
The comments to Rule 7.1 state that past case results, including records of a favorable verdict and the amount of damages, can create unjustified expectations and should not be used in communications about the lawyer's services. Additionally, advertisements with a past client's endorsement or testimonial should not be used on attorney or law firm websites.
The Arkansas Rules of Professional Conduct permit an attorney or law firm to state they do or do not practice in a particular field of law under Rule 7.4. However, an attorney or law firm is prohibited from stating they are "certified," a "specialist," or "specialized" in any particular field of law, unless:
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This article was last updated on Monday, June 10, 2019.