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

NCSC Relaunches Judicial Ethics Clearinghouse

The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) has taken over the Center for Judicial Ethics (CJE) following the dissolution of the American Judicature Society. The CJE, a national clearinghouse for information on judicial ethics and discipline, has a new online presence at ncsc.org/cje. NCSC also will take over the hosting of the National College on Judicial Conduct and Ethics. This year's event will take place Oct. 28-30 in Chicago.

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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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