Lawyer ad violations on the rise March 1, 2004 Regular News Lawyer ad violations on the rise The Bar’s Statewide Grievance Committee, which handles grievance complaints stemming from the Bar’s advertising rules, is taking on a rising number of cases.Board of Governors member Gary Leppla told the board recently that the committee has become very active.In its first year, only three grievance sanctions were imposed. In the most recent year, that rose to 17, Leppla said, and the committee currently has 157 cases under investigation. About 25 cases are at the probable cause stage. And about one-third of all the cases are from the Miami area, he said.Board member Mike Glazer, who acts as the designated reviewer for the statewide committee, said most of the cases are resolved without the filing of formal charges. But he noted he also insists on a condition when reaching a settlement that “the lawyer agrees in the future that the ads will be submitted for review prior to publication.”He said a frustrating part of the enforcement process is by the time the Bar acts on an ad, especially an electronic one, it often is no longer being broadcast or displayed. Because of prior restraint concerns, Bar rules require than an ad be submitted for review no later than concurrently with its first publication or broadcast.Glazer noted that a special advertising task force being set up by President-elect Kelly Overstreet Johnson will have among its tasks exploring whether the Bar can require a submission ahead of that initial broadcast or publication.