quietSmiley Law Group announces the filing of a Motion for Summary Judgment in its challenge of the Louisiana lawyer advertising rules, and the Louisiana Supreme Court announces that the effective date of the rules are postponed until October 1, 2009.

NEW ORLEANS, LA (SmileyLaw) February 19, 2009 — Yesterday, the Louisiana Supreme Court announced that the new lawyer advertising regulations would take effect on October 1, 2009, rather than the previously announced effective date of April 1, 2009.

According to the press release, “the Court has decided to defer implementation of the new rules until October 1, 2009, in order to allow the LSBA and the Court to further study certain rules in light of the constitutional challenges that have been raised.”

As many of our clients and friends know, Scott Smiley Jr. and Smiley Law Group filed a federal lawsuit against the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board in November 2008 to challenge the new lawyer advertising regulations as unconstitutionally restricting a lawyer’s right to free speech.

On the evening before the Louisiana Supreme Court press release, Smiley Law Group, along with consolidated Plaintiffs Public Citizen, Inc., William Gee, and Morris Bart, had filed Motions seeking Summary Judgment. The Motion of Scott Smiley Jr. and Smiley Law Group is available for viewing on our JDSupra page, here.

Notwithstanding the Louisiana Supreme Court’s postponement of the advertising regulations, the Summary Judgment motions are currently set for hearing on March 4, 2009 at 10:00 A.M.

To continue commenting upon the progress of the action, the firm launched a blog titled “Blogging is Speaking,” at the web address http://www.protectspeech.com. The blog was updated this morning with a new look, and more user-friendly layout.

For a copy of the lawsuit, click here.

Find the cause on Facebook here.

The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana, Case No. 08-4994, Section F, Magistrate 2.

About Smiley Law Group:
Founded in post-Katrina New Orleans in 2005, Smiley Law Group is a boutique construction law practice with offices in Seattle, Washington and New Orleans, Louisiana. The firm operates a blog on construction law matters titled the Construction Law Monitor, and prides itself on thinking different in the legal profession.

Jessica Hunter, director of public relations
Smiley Law Group, L.L.C.

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