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

ABA: Unethical for Prosecutors to Lend Letterheard to Debt Collectors

District attorneys should not contract out their letterhead to private debt collection companies, who then use that official letterhead to scare consumers into paying debts, according to a piece in the ABA Journal. The article says that ABA Formal Ethics Opinion 469 released today explains that this practice violates ABA Model Rules against lawyer conduct involving dishonesty or misrepresentation and aiding or assisting others in the unauthorized practice of law. The opinion says that the conduct involves misrepresentation because it conveys the impression that the prosecutor’s office has reviewed the facts of the individual debtor’s case and has concluded that a crime has been committed.

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Rare Saturday CLE Offers Coffee, Cake and Ethics

Don't have time during the week to get your ethics hours? We have a solution for you! Grab a cup of coffee and join us at our ethics seminar tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. at the Tennessee Bar Center. This freshly brewed seminar provides you with three hours of ethics programming. Speakers will spill the beans on tips and processes to help you with your practice and make sure you meet all ethical obligations.  Visit TBA CLE for more information.

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