Assuming you've read the previous two posts on this blog, you're probably well aware of the controversy involving one law firm's questionable advertisement this past week.
As a lawyer who practices in the family law field, I happen to know both of the partners at the firm in question. Kelly Garland is generally considered a nice person, although she can be a bulldog in the courtroom. Nothing wrong there. Corri Fetman, on the other hand, has been described by many fellow divorce attorneys as a tramp, a legal call-girl, sleazy, deceitful, and innapropriate, respectively.
I myself recall the first time I saw Ms. Fetman in court. She walked in with knee-high, black go-go boots; fishnet stockings; a (I'm not making this up, I swear) very short miniskirt in a rattlesnake skin pattern, and a blouse open almost all the way to her waist. Now bear in mind that Ms. Fetman has, ah, "invested" in her physical appearance--in a Beverly Hills sort of way, mind you. She also has a wild mane of obviously chemical blond hair. Needless to say, I remember it well. She represents primarily men, and has a strategy where she advises them to move to Cook County, Illinois several months before filing for divorce, as Cook County is far less likely to give wives maintenance (alimony) for a long period of time. She is generally considered nasty to deal with, sort of like a female David Grund, and will fight you over every single detail; to the point of throwing her client's money down the drain.
But back to the billboard/banner: Is it permissable? What rules of professional conduct does it violate, if any? If it does, what should their punishment be?
The general consensus in my legal peer group is that it makes lawyers everywhere, especially divorce lawyers, look bad. My peers seem to think that Ms. Fetman is the 1% of divorce lawyers that ruin it for the rest of us in the eyes of the public. By attempting to encourage divorce, Ms. Fetman has completely gone against the public policy of the State of Illinois, which is to discourage divorce. But is this sanctionable conduct?
What are your thoughts? Discuss...