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 Seeks Comments on Proposed Amendments

The Tennessee Supreme Court has issued two orders soliciting comments on proposed amendments to its rules. The first order seeks comments now through July 25 on amendments to Rule 8.3(c) of the Rules of Professional Conduct and Rule 10, RJC 2.15 and 2.16(A) of the Code of Judicial Conduct, which deal with the disclosure of information about a judge's conduct. The second order seeks comments now through Sept. 1 on Rule 10B of the Tennessee Supreme Court Rules, which deals with disqualification or recusal of a judge.

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New Jersey Attorneys Given Direction on Accolade Advertising

The New Jersey Supreme Court Committee on Lawyer Advertising has reminded state attorneys to check the credibility of awards like “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars” before referring to them in advertisements. The committee said lawyers may mention the awards in their advertising “only when the basis for comparison can be verified” and the group bestowing the accolade “has made adequate inquiry into the fitness of the individual lawyer.” Read more from the ABA Journal.

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