Court Adopts Changes to Rules of Professional Conduct

The Tennessee Supreme Court today (Sept. 29,2010) adopted the first set of comprehensive amendments to the Rules of Professional Conduct since the new rules became effective in March 2003. These amendments, to be effective Jan. 1, 2011, come as a result of a six-year revision process initiated by the Tennessee Bar Association, an extensive comment period and an oral argument in June 2010. Revisions touch upon confidentiality, conflicts, client consent, advance payments of expenses, non-refundable fees, responsibilities of a prosecutor, receipt of inadvertently disclosed confidential information and advertising.

In adopting the rules, Chief Justice Connie Clark said, "We are grateful for the extraordinary efforts of the Tennessee Bar Association and various organizations, attorneys and individuals who submitted comments or participated in the oral argument regarding the proposed revisions."

Read more about the changes to  the Tennessee Rules of Professional Responsibility