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Type: Recognizes ABA Accredited Private Certification Programs

Regulatory Scheme: Under Utah's Rules for Professional conduct Rule 7.1, (a) A lawyer shall not make a false or misleading communication about the lawyer or the lawyer's services. A communication is false or misleading if it: (1) contains a material misrepresentation of fact or law, or omits a fact necessary to make the statement considered as a whole not materially misleading; (2) is likely to create an unjustified or unreasonable expectation about results the lawyer can achieve or has achieved; or (3) contains a testimonial or endorsement that violates any portion of this Rule. (b) A lawyer shall not interact with a prospective client in a manner that involves coercion, duress, or harassment.

Comment [5] to Rule 7.1 states: “A lawyer can communicate practice areas and can state that he or she ‘specializes’ in a field based on experiences, training, and education, subject to the ‘false or misleading’ standard set forth in this Rule. A lawyer shall not state or imply that the lawyer is certified as a specialist in a particular field unless the lawyer has been certified as a specialist by an objective entity and the name of the entity is clearly identified in the communication.”

General Counsel
Utah State Bar
645 South 200 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
(801) 297-7047

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