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

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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Proposals Aim to Curb Lobbyist Influence on State AGs

Proposals to limit lobbyists’ influence over state attorneys general are being advanced on a number of fronts after a New York Times series found that lobbyists have tried to stop investigations or persuade attorneys general to hire contingency lawyers to sue on behalf of the state. In response, an executive committee of the National Association of Attorneys General voted to ban corporate sponsorship at an annual event focusing on emerging legal issues. Other efforts include those by University of Minnesota law professor Richard Painter, who is proposing a model ethics rule barring attorneys general from discussing investigations or official matters at fundraising events. A number of states also are looking at new laws requiring attorneys general to disclose political contributions and refrain from lobbying for a period of time after leaving office.

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