Adams v. ARDC, 801 F.2d 968

Robert J Adams Jr.

Case Conclusion Date:September 18, 1986

Practice Area:Bankruptcy / Debt

Outcome:Judgment for Plaintiffs-Appellees Affirmed

Description:Plaintiffs-Appellees are attorneys practicing in the State of Illinois. They all rely on targeted direct mail advertising to reach potential clients. Defendants-Appellants, the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois (the "ARDC" or the "Commission") and its administrator, Carl R. Rolewick, promulgated a disciplinary rule which forbade targeted direct mailing. Plaintiffs sued under 42 U.S.C. Sec. 1983 contending that the rule violated their first and fourteenth amendment rights. They sought a declaration that the rule was unconstitutional and an injunction prohibiting its enforcement. The District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction. Defendants question the need for this extraordinary remedy and appeal.