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

Court Grants Stay on Formal Ethics Opinion 2017-F-163

The Tennessee Supreme Court has granted a request to stay the effectiveness of Formal Ethics Opinion 2017-F-163, which deals with a prosecutor’s ethical duties to disclose information. The request for the stay came from the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference. Earlier this month, the Board of Professional Responsibility had responded to the stay request saying that it anticipates voting on reconsideration of Formal Ethics Opinion 2017-F-163 at its Dec. 14 meeting, and will “hold in abeyance any recommended disposition by a Hearing Committee Member or the Board of any disciplinary complaint filed against a prosecutor wherein Formal Ethics Opinion 2017-F-163 is referenced in the complaint.”

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Ethics Roadshow 2018: Nashville

It’s back! The popular ethics program is coming to Nashville on Dec. 11. This year’s theme, Back to Basics: Sailing the Five Cs of Ethical Lawyering, offers a look into the significant developments in the world of lawyer’s during 2018 focused on the five “Cs” that make up the perfect recipe for ethical lawyering, no matter what law you practice: Competence, Confidentiality, (Avoiding) Conflicts, Communication and Candor. Don’t miss your chance to fulfill your ethics requirements; offering 3 dual credits. The Roadshow will also make stops in Chattanooga, Knoxville and Memphis.
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