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
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219
(615)383-7421

Joint Petition Filed by TBA, Board of Professional Responsibility

The Tennessee Bar Association and the Board of Professional Responsibility filed an unusual joint petition today asking the Tennessee Supreme Court to adopt a new ethics rule prohibiting discrimination and harassment by lawyers in conduct related to the practice of law. The petition seeks an amendment to Supreme Court Rule 8 to add a new subsection (g) to RPC 8.4 and explanatory comment paragraphs. The proposed amendment is patterned after a recently-adopted ABA Model Rule 8.4(g), but the proposal adds language more clearly protecting the First Amendment rights of lawyers, among other things. The Tennessee Supreme Court is expected to issue an order soliciting comments on the petition soon.

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BPR Issues Ethics Opinion on Interstate Law Firm Using Trade Name

The Board of Professional Responsibility has issued a formal ethics opinion regarding the opening and operation of a proposed interstate law firm between Tennessee and Florida, using a trade name, SETCO law. The opinion deals with the growth, development and diversity of the legal profession, which has spawned a proliferation of new ways of conducting the practice, taking lawyers far beyond the sole practitioner and single office law firm models of an earlier era.
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