Miss. R. Prof'l. Cond. 7.6
Rulepermits a lawyer to communicate that a lawyer has been certified or designated as a specialist in a field of law when the American Bar Association has accredited the organization's or authority's specialty program to grant such certification or designation. Certification or designation procedures imply that an objective entity has recognized a lawyer's higher degree of specialized ability than is suggested by general licensure to practice law. Those objective entities may be expected to apply standards of competence, experience and knowledge to ensure that the lawyer's recognition as a specialist is meaningful and reliable. In order to ensure that the consumers can obtain access to useful certification or designation information, the name of the certifying or designating organization or other agency must be included in any communication regarding the certification or designation. See Peel v. Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Com. , 496 U.S. 91 110 S. Ct. 2281, 210 L. Ed. 2d 83 (1990).
However, even though this Rule permits a lawyer to communicate that a lawyer has been certified or designated as a specialist in the field of law when the American Bar Association has accredited the organization's or authority's specialty program, a lawyer may communicate the fact that he is certified or designated in a field of law by a named, non-American Bar Association accredited organization or authority, provided such fact is disclosed and further disclosure is made that there is no procedure in Mississippi for approving certifying or designating organizations and authorities.
Recognition of specialization in patent matters is a matter of law and established policy of the Patent and Trademark Office, as reflected in Rule.
Rulerecognizes that the designation of admiralty practice has a long historical tradition associated with maritime commerce and the federal courts.
[Comment amended effective June 22, 1994; February 5, 1999.].