Candidate: Opponent’s Legal Knowledge Not as Good With Reciprocity

A candidate in the race for the Knox County law director’s job, Richard "Bud" Armstrong, is saying in a telephone message to Republican voters that he is the only candidate who has passed the Tennessee Bar exam and trained in Tennessee law. His opponent and incumbent, Joe Jarret, has been licensed to practice law in Tennessee since 2007 through reciprocity with Florida, where he was licensed in 1990.  A spokesperson for the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Tennessee Supreme Court points out that with reciprocity, licenses “are identical in all other ways." The News Sentinel explains in this column