Ethics and Professional Responsibility

This Committee works to update and revise the Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct that were patterned after the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. The current revisions to the rules went into effect on January 1, 2011.

Chair
Lewis Thomason
40 S Main St #2900
Memphis, TN 38103
(901)577-6139

Court Adopts 30 Day Solicitation Ban in Divorce Matters

The Tennessee Supreme Court today adopted an amendment to the ethics rules that will ban written solicitation of potential divorce clients within 30 days of the filing of a divorce. Rule 8, the amendment to RPC 7.3, is effective May 1. The TBA filed a comment voicing strong objections to the proposal. The comment also cited serious reservations about the constitutionality of the ban.

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Webinar Looks at Florida Case Involving Judicial Fundraising

Justice at Stake will host an educational webinar on Jan. 15 at 1 p.m. Eastern Time on the case of Williams-Yulee v. The Florida Bar, which looks at whether states may place restrictions on how judges and judicial candidates raise money. The case will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 20. Register online for the presentation “Judging Under the Influence: Will the Supreme Court Protect Fair Courts?”

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