United States Supreme Court
455 U.S. 191 (1982)
R.M.J. (defendant), a lawyer admitted to practice in Missouri and Illinois, opened an office in Missouri. R.M.J. mailed an announcement card to a wide audience and advertised his office in the newspaper and telephone book. The advertisements stated that R.M.J. was licensed in Missouri and Illinois and was “Admitted to Practice Before THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT.” The advertisements also listed practice areas, such as real estate, which were not included in the list of 23 enumerated practice areas permitted to be advertised in Missouri. The Advisory Committee of the Missouri Bar (Committee) charged R.M.J. with unprofessional conduct. R.M.J. argued that the advertising restrictions under the Supreme Court of Missouri’s Rule 4 were unconstitutional. The state supreme court upheld the constitutionality of Rule 4 and issued a private remand. R.M.J. appealed directly to the United States Supreme Court.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Powell, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 220,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,100 briefs, keyed to 189 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.