The Supreme Court recently handed down a decision to allow lawyers to advertise their services. Staff writer Joann Stevens and staff photographer Lindas Wheeler went to the Judiciary Square area to find out what lawyers there thought of being able to advertise now.
Erie L. Cummings, attorney and resident of Resersvoir Rd.: "I don't think it would be good for a lot of people in the lower income bracket because ti would give a lot of unethical lawyers the chance to profit off of poor people."
Michael Farrel, attorney for the Justice Department and a Rockville resident: "I think they should be permitted to advertise provided they agree to lower their rates by 50 per cent."
Tony Fitch, a public defender who lives in the Logan Circle area: "I think it's a great decision. But I'm a public defender so I can't receive fees."
Jacques Gelin, attorney for the Justice Department, and a Rockville resident: "It's okay with me. I'm a federal lawyer, so I don't nned it."
Gary Kohlman, public defender who lives at 18th and R St. NW: "I think it's a good thing. I don't see why lawyers shouldn't be able to advertise. I don't because I work for the public defender. If I went into private practice I might do it."
Robert Mosteller, a public defender who lives in the 200 block of Capitol Hill: "I think it's excellent. I'm practicing with the public defender service, so it doesn't make any difference to me now. But it will in three or four years."
Paul Nishimoto, lawyer, Capitol Hill SE: "I have no need to advertise because I'm employed by the federal government! But if they're allowed to advertise in a limited sense I'm for it. I don't think they should be allowed to advertise on television or bill-boards. It should be dignified."