THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

SUPREME COURT OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

O R D E R

 

Pursuant to Part II, Article 73-a of the New Hampshire Constitution, and Supreme Court Rule 51 A(7), the Supreme Court of New Hampshire approves, on a temporary basis, effective immediately, amendments to Rule 7.4 of the Rules of Professional Conduct as set forth in Appendix A. The amendments shall be referred to the advisory committee on rules for consideration of whether they should be adopted as permanent amendments to Rule 7.4.

December 18, 2001

ATTEST:              ______________________
                                Eileen Fox, Clerk of Court
                                Supreme Court of New Hampshire

 

APPENDIX A

 

Amend Rule 7.4 of the Rules of Professional Conduct by deleting paragraph (c) and replacing it with a new paragraph (c), so that the rule as amended shall state as follows:

 

Rule 7.4. Communications of Fields of Practice

A lawyer may communicate the fact that the lawyer does or does not practice in particular fields of law. A lawyer shall not state or imply that the lawyer is a specialist except as follows:

(a) a lawyer admitted to engage in patent practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office may use the designation "patent attorney" or a substantially similar designation;

(b) a lawyer engaged in admiralty practice may use the designation "admiralty," "proctor in admiralty" or a substantially similar designation; and

(c) a lawyer who is certified as a specialist in a particular field of law by an organization that has been accredited by the American Bar Association may hold himself or herself out as a specialist certified by such organization.